March 5, 2010
*Roaring Twenties: For the fourth consecutive year, Georgia Tech has over 20 wins on the season. With their quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, Tech’s 23 wins matches the school record for wins in a season set in the 1977-1978 season.
*Wake Up Late: Coming into today’s game, Wake Forest was 15-1 on the season when they had the lead with five minutes left in the game. With five minutes left in the second half today, Wake Forest held a 41-39 lead over Georgia Tech, but faltered down the stretch losing to Tech 52-45.
*Tech Thief: Over the last two seasons, Georgia Tech has been among the NCAA leaders in steals per game. In the 2008-09 season, Georgia Tech averaged 13.6 steals per game, and this season, Tech ranks 20th in the country with 11.0 steals per game. In today’s game, Georgia Tech had six steals with five coming in the second half, and Tech scored 21 points off turnovers.
Although sidelined briefly with a bloody nose in the second half, Brigitte Ardossi helped lead Georgia Tech back from an early 19-point deficit with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Ardossi is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds this season, and she now has scored over 20 points in six games this season.
*Wake Board: In today’s game, Wake Forest outrebounded Georgia Tech 38-35, and ten of Wake’s 38 rebounds were offensive rebounds. The ability to crash the boards allowed Wake to get 11 second chance points.
*This Season’s Matchup: Georgia Tech defeated the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons 72-66 on Jan. 14. Brigitte Ardossi scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Alex Montgomery went 5-of-9 from 3-point land as the Yellow Jackets repelled the Deacons. Wake cut a 14-point deficit to one with a 13-0 run spanning halftime, but Ardossi contributed seven points in the decisive 15-5 Jackets’ spurt that followed.
*ACC Tournament History: The teams have met only twice in the event–both in the first round and both with Georgia Tech seeded eighth and Wake ninth. The Jackets won 78-67 in the 1998 ACC Tournament, and the Demon Deacons prevailed 61-59 in 2004 by overcoming a 13-point deficit.