Feb. 24, 2010
ATLANTA – The 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (21-7, 7-5 ACC) looks to avenge an early season lose when it hosts North Carolina (17-9, 5-7) Friday evening. The senior night game will be regionally televised and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Gameday CentralSenior Night Pack The House Challenge - Be Bold Wear GoldGame #29 Date: Friday, February 26, 2010Opponent: North Carolina Tar HeelsTip-Off: 6:30 p.m. ETSite: Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)TV: Fox Sports South in AtlantaTalent: Jenn Hildreth (pbp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst)Radio: WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent: Richard Musterer (pbp) and Kurt Hoyt (analyst)Live Stats: www.RamblinWreck.com.com via GametrackerTickets: All tickets are $2
FRIDAY NIGHT PARKING
Friday night is a busy one on the Georgia Tech campus. Not only do we expect a big crowd for our final home game of the season, we also have a baseball game on campus beginning at 4 p.m. The Alexander Memorial Coliseum lot will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. If parking is not available in the AMC lot, please use Peter’s Parking Deck on the corner of Fowler St. and Fourth St.
Friday night is senior night at the AMC. We will honor our two seniors – Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon – about 15 minutes before the expected tip time. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to show support for our seniors. We will also drop the 2009 NCAA Tournament banner during our senior recognition.
GEORGIA TECH VS. NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina leads the all-time series, 51-12.
Georgia Tech defeated UNC in the last meeting in Atlanta, 66-62, on Jan. 22, 2009.
Tech droped the first meeting of the season to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, 89-78.
The Yellow Jackets are 151-331 (.313) all-time against ACC opponents.
EVERYDAY IS TOUGH IN THE ACC
The Yellow Jackets, who finished the last year’s conference scheduled with an 8-6 record, are 7-5 in the ACC portion of their schedule in 2009-10. Tech will finish at .500 or better in the conference for the fourth straight year and only the sixth time ever. The Jackets are 31-23 (.574) over the last three-plus seasons against ACC teams during the regular season. The Yellow Jackets will close out the regular season Sunday when they travel to NC State for a 2 p.m. tip.
20 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
With a 68-53 victory last Monday night at Clemson, the Yellow Jackets have won at least 20 games in four straight seasons for the first time in school history. Tech has only topped 20 wins seven times in its history and six times since joining the ACC prior to the 1979-80 season. The school record for wins is 23 set in 1977-78 (prior to ACC membership). Since joining the ACC, Tech has topped out at 22 wins the last two seasons.
MONTGOMERY IS NO. 23 TO GO FOR 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, has become just the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery, who has scored 270 points this season, finished with 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore. She registered her 1,000 point on a three-pointer from the corner with 11 seconds remaining against Florida State on Feb. 15, 2010 and now has 1,015 in her career. (GT All-Time 1,000 point Scorers List on page 7)
MONTGOMERY KNOCKS THEM DOWN FROM LONG RANGE
Alex Montgomery has become one of the most prolific three-point shooters in Georgia Tech history. She has knocked down 159 in her career, which is good for fifth all-time. She is shooting .348 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. Over the 23 games she has played this season, Montgomery has shot 55-162 (.340) from beyond the arc. Montgomery ranks third in the ACC in 3-pointers made this season with 2.4 per game. Her five three-point baskets vs. Wake Forest tied a career-high.
SENIOR CLASS WINNINGEST CLASS IN GEORGIA TECH HISTORY
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 86 wins in their three plus seasons on the Flats, which is the all-time class record. The Jackets seniors have topped last year’s senior class, who had 79 wins between them, to become the winningest senior class in the history of the women’s basketball program.
ARDOSSI THE AUSSIE
Senior Brigitte Ardossi, if nothing else, has been extremely consistent over her three-plus seasons on the Flats. The Melbourne, Australia native has played in all 125 games since she came to Tech, a new program record, and has started 77 of them. She is tied for seventh all-time in Tech history in field-goal percentage by shooting .489 (331-677) from the field.
This season, coach Joseph is seeing a big return from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 15.7 points and 7.5 boards per game (19.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in ACC games) and has connected on 125-152 (.822) free-throw attempts, which currently leads the ACC, in a career-high 31.0 minutes a game. Ardossi has scored in double figures in 21 straight games and 26 of the Yellow Jackets 28 contests this season. She has also recorded five double-doubles on the year, including her 29 point, 17 rebound outburst in the Jackets 80-73 overtime victory over Miami on Jan. 27, 2010.
After leading the Yellow Jackets to pair of ACC victories, Ardossi was named the ACC Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 1, 2010.
DEJA VU – FOSTER SHOWING IMPROVEMENT ON PREVIOUS SEASON
Just like 2008-09, junior Deja Foster has shown improvements on her previous season. Though her scoring average has not jumped eight point like the previous season, she has put up career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (6.1) and assists (3.6) over 28 games of the season. Foster has notched three double-doubles this season and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in win over Army.
Foster has played so well this season, she is currently one of only two players (Shenise Johnson, Miami) in the ACC to rank in the top 30 of scoring, top 20 of rebounding and top 10 of assists.
Sophomore center Sasha Goodlett continues to grow into one of the best bigs in Georgia Tech history. Goodlett has scored in double-figures 12 times in 2009-10, including a career-high 21 points at Oklahoma State. In ACC play, Goodlett is averaging 11.6 points a game and is shooting .478 (55-115) in those contests. She notched her second career double-double in the overtime win over Miami.
Since Joseph began her tenure, Georgia Tech is 80-24 (.769) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Tech finished with a 13-2 mark on the Coliseum floor. Tech won its first 11 games at home in 2009-10 and is 11-2 (.846) on the season in the Thrillerdome.
TECH ENTERS SEVENTH SEASON UNDER COACH JO
Coach MaChelle Joseph, who is entering her seventh season at Georgia Tech, has already recorded the second-most wins in Tech history. Joseph has registered a 127-83 (.605) record and is the fastest coach in school history to win 100. She has led Tech to its three straight 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournaments, both firsts for the Yellow Jacket program. Joseph registered her 100th victory on Feb. 1, 2009 against Clemson.
500 DOWN, NOW ON TO THE NEXT 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program earned its 500th all-time victory when it defeated the Maryland Terrapins, 61-60, on Feb. 5, 2010 in College Park, Md. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 502-510 (.496) in 1,012 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 176 games (35.1 percent of all wins).
YELLOW JACKETS IN THE RANKINGS
Georgia Tech is ranked 22nd in the Feb. 22nd Associated Press poll and is receiving votes in the Feb. 23rd USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. This marks a school-record 11th straight week Tech is in the AP poll.
Tech has earned a national ranking for the 19th week in the last three years under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The program has only been ranked for 24 weeks in its entire history. Tech, who was ranked 19th in the preseason Associated Press poll, earned a ranking the preseason for the first time. The highest in-season ranking is also No. 19, which was established in the Feb. 15, 2010 AP poll.