Dec. 17, 2009
ATLANTA – The 25th-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (7-2), off a pair of home victories, continues its five games in nine days swing Friday when it travels up I-75 to face Kennesaw State (4-4). Tip-off at the KSU Convocation Center is slated for 7 p.m.
Gameday CentralGame #10 Date: Friday, December 18, 2009Opponent: Kennesaw Lady OwlsSite: KSU Convocation Center (4,500)Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m. ETRadio: WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent: Richard Musterer (pbp) and LaChina Robinson (analyst)Live Stats: www.RamblinWreck.comTickets: $2 for Adults
TECH VS. KENNESAW STATE
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Kennesaw State, 4-0.
The two teams will meet for the fourth straight season but the first time since Nov. 26, 1982 in Kennesaw, Ga.
The Yellow Jackets are 44-19 all-time against opponents in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Tech has defeated the Lady Owls by an average of 27 points in the last three meetings.
NINE DAYS OF DECEMBER
Head Coach MaChelle Joseph has never been shy at scheduling tough opponents but this year she has also scheduled one of the toughest stretches of basketball. Her Yellow Jackets are in the midst of five games in nine days beginning with the Mississippi Valley State game last Sunday. The Jackets are 2-0 so far with a game Kennesaw State on Fri., Dec. 18, a home game against Arizona on Sun., Dec. 20 and then a cross-town game at Georgia State on Tue., Dec. 22. Tech will have earned its small six-day break for the Christmas holiday. Tech will then return to the road to travel to Miami for the FIU Holiday Tournament from Dec. 28-29.
NEXT UP: ARIZONA
The 25th-ranked Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will return home Sunday to face Arizona. The Jackets and Wildcats will meet for the second time on the hardwood. Tip-off at Alexander Memorial Coliseum is slated for 1 p.m. All tickets for Sunday’s game are only $2.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, is only 194 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery scored 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore.
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 117 in her career, which is good for sixth all-time. She is shooting .353 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. In her first four games this season, Montgomery has shot 13-36 (.361) from beyond the arc.
SENIOR CLASS LOOKING FOR MORE WINS
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 72 wins in their three seasons on the Flats, which is good for second all-time. The Jackets need eight more wins in 2009-10 for this years seniors to become the winningest senior class in the history of the women’s basketball program. Last years seniors hold the current record with 79 victories.
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 104 games since she came to Tech and has started 56 of them. As a junior, she averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting a team-best 81.9 percent from the free-throw line.
This season, coach Joseph expects big things from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 12.0 points and 6.4 boards per game so far and has connected on 20-27 (.741) free-throw attempts in a career-high 26.9 minutes a game.
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 (11.4), rebounds (6.6) and assists (3.6) over the first nine games of the season. For her hard work, she was named MVP of the 2009 LIU Turkey Classic.
REBOUNDING WITH REGINS
Sophomore Chelsea Regins is known to be very active when she gets on the court and it showed when she grabbed a career-high 16 boards to go with her 11 points against Florida Gulf Coast. She did not only record her first career double-double, it was also the first time a Yellow Jackets has recorded 16 rebounds in a game since Sonja Mallory had 16 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 31, 2003. She is pulling down 5.7 rebounds a game so far this season.
THE `MO’TER IS RUNNING
While junior Alex Montgomery was out with an injury, sophomore Mo Bennett filled in admirably for the All-ACC wing. Bennett has shown her ability to score (career-high 21 points vs. Winthrop) and the ability to rebound (career-high 13 rebounds vs. FGCU). She is scoring 9.2 a game and is grabbing 5.6 rebounds a game. She also has recorded a team-high 19 steals in nine games.
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 113-78 (.592) 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.
MARCH TO WIN No. 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program is 13 wins shy of the programs 500th all-time victory. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 488-505 (.491) in 993 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 162 games (33 percent of all wins).
YELLOW JACKETS IN THE RANKINGS
Georgia Tech is ranked 25th in this week’s Associated Press poll and receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
Tech was ranked 19th in the preseason Associated Press poll, which the ninth week in the last three years the Jackets have been ranked under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The program has only been ranked for 14 weeks in its entire history. This also marks the first time a Yellow Jacket team has been ranked in a preseason poll.