Feb. 9, 2011
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball returns to the court looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to No. 19/15 Florida State for a Friday night ACC match-up on the league’s regional sports network. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
The Jackets (18-7, 6-3 ACC) have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 21-26 and currently sit in sixth in the ACC standings after losing to Maryland, 56-53, on a buzzer-beating three on Feb. 3. The Seminoles are 19-5 and 7-2 in ACC, and are third in the league standings after surviving a road trip to Virginia, 78-74, on Feb. 7.
Junior forward Cierra Bravard leads four Seminoles who average in double figure scoring with 14.1 ppg and the Sandusky, Ohio, native is the team’s top rebounder, hauling in 7.3 rpg. Against UVa, Bravard was dominant as she finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and pulled down nine boards in 30 minutes. Redshirt sophomore Alexa Deluzio and senior Courtney Ward added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Senior Alex Montgomery tallied her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds in the loss to Maryland. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall added a team-best 14 points.
Last season at this point, Tech was 20-5, 6-3 ACC after a 68-53 victory at Clemson on Feb. 8.
Since the return of senior Deja Foster, Tech is 15-4, with all four losses coming to Top 25 teams, and two of which were to Top 5 teams. Foster, made her season debut against #4/4 Tennessee after recovering from a knee injury in the offseason, but did not play against Tennessee State.
Junior point guard Metra “MeMe” Walthour is fifth in the ACC in all games, dishing out 4.1 assists per game. In all contests, she is sixth in the ACC with 2.4 steals per game and second in the critical assist/turnover ratio at 1.9. Her 1.9 assist/turnover ratio is good for 29th in the nation.
In ACC games, Walthour is second with 4.4 helpers an outing, fifth with 2.7 steals a game and third in assist/turnover ratio at 1.8.
Freshman Ty Marshall put up her sixth 20-plus point game of her young career on Jan. 27 at Virginia Tech. The rookie routinely steps up to the occasion when the team needs her to be big. Of the eight games against ranked teams this year, Marshall is averaging a team-best 14.9 ppg and adds 4.6 rpg.
Of those eight games, she has scored in double digits in six and tossed in at least 20 in three. In six of the eight, she has led Tech in scoring. Three times against Top 25 foes, Marshall has finished with at least 20 points and twice she passed the 20 point mark against Top 10 teams.
MONTGOMERY AMONG ACC LEADERS
Senior Alex Montgomery ranks among the ACC leaders in several categories. She is 12th in scoring, 13.6 ppg, second in rebounding, 8.5 rpg, first in free throw percentage, 86.8, and eighth in three pointers made, 1.9 per game.