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Jackets Welcome Illinois for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Dec. 3, 2013

Georgia Tech (4-2) vs. Illinois (Games Seven)
Date & Time Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 7 p.m.
Location Atlanta, Ga.  | McCamish Pavilion
 TV ESPN3 | Mike DeGeorge (pxp), Kurt Hoyt (color)
Radio WREK 91.1 | Listen Live
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The rv/rv Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (4-2) kicks off three-straight games at home when it hosts Illinois (5-3) during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at McCamish Pavilion. The game will be on ESPN3 with Mike DeGeorge and Kurt Hoyt on the call. Fans can also tune into WREK 91.1 to listen to the action or follow along with live stats on GameTracker.

The Yellow Jackets won two-straight games in Brooklyn over Thanksgiving to capture the LIU Turkey Classic title. Senior Tyaunna Marshall was named the LIU Turkey Classic MVP after recording her first double-double of the season against Southern Utah (21 points, 10 rebounds) and scoring 20 points against McNeese State.

Both freshman Kaela Davis and redshirt senior Shayla Bivins were named to the All-Tournament team. Davis leads the Yellow Jackets with 18.8 ppg and has scored in double-figures in every contest this season. Bivins is averaging a team-high 1.0 block per game.

– In five out of Tech’s six games, one Jacket has scored 20 points or more. freshman Kaela Davis notched 20+ in each of the first three games while senior Tyaunna Marshall recorded 20+ points in each game of the LIU Turkey Classic
– Tech has forced 111 turnovers so far this season and has capitalized on those turnovers to score 112 points
– Tech ranks fifth in the conference in 3-point field goals made (6.8 avg/game) The Jackets are eighth in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (41-119, 34.5 percent). Three different Jackets have made six or more 3-pointers so far, while Davis leads Tech with 18 3-pointers made.
– The Jackets set a new school record, making 13 3-pointers against Western Carolina
– Prior to the game against Western Carolina, the Jackets’ school record was 12 3-point baskets made, which was against Mercer exactly 7 years prior, on Nov. 10, 2006
– Sophomore Nariah Taylor scored a career 14 points against Coppin State while redshirt senior Shayla Bivins scored a career-high seven at #23/21 Georgia

– Be the 198th win of Coach Joseph’s career, putting her two wins shy of becoming only the second Yellow Jacket coach to reach the 200 milestone
– Make the Jackets 6-1 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games
– Be the second against Illinois and the first win since a 70-60 victory on Nov. 25, 1995 at home.
– Make Tech 296-186 during home games overall
– Keep the Jackets undefeated at home at 3-0

The Yellow Jackets have a 5-1 record during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including an 3-0 record at home. Tech’s only loss in the challenge came at #14/13 Purdue last season. The Jackets have recorded wins against Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan State and Iowa.

Redshirt senior Shayla Bivins has been tabbed as one of 202 nominees for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team. The Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers.

On the court, Bivins has had a great start to her final season as a Yellow Jacket. The center has started every game so far and is averaging 3.8 points per game and a team-high 1.0 blocks per game. Most recently, Bivins was named to the LIU Turkey Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring six points in the championship game while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out a team-high five assists.

The Fighting Illini (5-3) most recently competed in the Cancun Challege where they went 1-2. Illinois defeated Arkansas State and lost to both Arizona State and North Carolina.

Senior Amber Moore is the top-scorer for the Fighting Illini, averaging 18.9 ppg. Freshman Jacqui Grant leads Illinois in rebounding (6.9 rpg) while redshirt sophomore Sarah Hartwell has dished out a team-high 26 assists. Moore was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the Week of Nov. 18 averter averaging a double-double with 25.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.

Senior Tyaunna Marshall was back to her usual ways this past weekend at the LIU Turkey Classic, averaging 20.5 points, 8.0 rebound and 2.0 steals at the tournament. Marshall was named the Tournament MVP and recorded her first double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Marshall has scored 20 or more points in 26 games in her career. The Jackets are 20-6 when she notches 20+ points.

Marshall is second on the team in scoring with 13.8 ppg and is second in rebounding with 6.6 rpg. She is averaging 1.8 steals per game. Prior to the Thanksgiving tournament in Brooklyn, Marshall averaged 9.3 ppg.

Tyaunna Marshall has 1,589 career points, which ranks sixth on Georgia Tech’s all-time list. Marshall needs 367 points to become Tech’s all-time leading scorer. Kisha Ford (1994-97) holds the record with 1,955 points. Marshall is one of just five Yellow Jackets all-time with at least 1,500 career points and 600 career rebounds.

Marshall needs just four more points to tie Chioma Nnamaka (2005-08) for fifth place at 1,593.

As she enters her 11th season at the helm of the Yellow Jackets, head coach MaChelle Joseph has a chance to become only the second Georgia Tech head coach to win 200 games on the Flats.

Joseph currently has 197 wins, needing just six more to eclipse the mark. Her predecessor, Agnus Berenato, is the only women’s basketball coach at Tech to finish with at least 200 wins. Berenato finished her 15-year tenure leading the Yellow Jackets with a 223-209 record.


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