Feb. 15, 2010
A Bittersweet Milepost:
When Alex Montgomery hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 11.3 seconds left, it gave the junior 10 points for the night and an even 1,000 for her career. She became the Jackets’ 23rd 1,000-point scorer.
But it was just the second 3-ball of the night for Montgomery in 10 attempts. She was 1-for-6 in the first half, 1-for-4 in the second. As a team, Tech was just 2-for-13 from beyond the arc (15.4 per cent), and Montgomery 2-for-15 overall on the night. But she also grabbed 13 rebounds for her seventh career double-double.
Next up for Montgomery on the 1,000-point list: Cindy Cochran, 22nd on that list, who scored 1,042 points from 1982-85. Montgomery could crack the Top 20 by season’s end.
Another Bouquet for Brigitte:
Brigitte Ardossi played in her 123rd game for Tech, tying ex-teammate Jacqua Williams for the most career games played at the Institute. She also played in front of her parents for the first time in America, who are visiting the US. Over the course of those games, the transformation in Ardossi’s game has been stunning – especially in this, her senior season.
“Ardossi is a completely different player from when she arrived here,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said admiringly. The 6-foot-2 forward from Australia led the Jackets with 23 points (13 in the first half) and, with nine rebounds, just missed her seventh career double-double and sixth of this season.
“Tough as nails,” Semrau called Ardossi, who played all 40 minutes, hit 9 of 10 free throws and had 4 assists.
By the Numbers:
Tech defended stoutly for most of the first half. FSU, 19th in the country in field goal percentage (45.2 per cent) and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3 per cent), shot just 7-for-24 overall, 2-for-8 from beyond the arc.
“I just think we were on our heels at first,” Semrau said. In the second half, the Noles were 4-for-9 from 3-point range (three 3’s by Alysha Harvin), 15-for-33 overall and beat Tech for the fifth time in their last six meetings…Ardossi and Montgomery had Tech’s first 16 points before a teammate finally scored: Sasha Goodlett, the 6-foot-5 sophomore center, who hit three straight sweet jumpers to give Tech its biggest lead at 22-12. She later scored inside to make it 26-18, but picked up her third personal with 1:10 left. Goodlett scored 8 more points in the second half and, with 9 rebounds, just missed recording her third career double-double.