Feb. 27, 2011
Georgia Tech will return to Alexander Memorial Coliseum for one final matinee, for both the senior class of 2011 and for women’s basketball in the historic facility at 10th & Fowler, when the Yellow Jackets host the #12/14 Miami Hurricanes on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.
The Jackets enter the contest having tied a variety of school records with a 64-57 win at #13/16 North Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 24. The senior class of Deja Foster and Alex Montgomery which Tech will be honoring on Sunday afternoon tied the Jacket records of 88 career wins by one class and 32 ACC wins by one Tech class. A win over the Hurricanes would also give this edition of Georgia Tech women’s basketball the best single-season home record in the history of the program.
In the Jackets last outing, Montgomery led Georgia Tech with 22 points to its first sweep of North Carolina since 1990-91 and Tech’s first win in Chapel Hill since 2002 with a 64-57 win over the #13/16 Tar Heels. For the season, Montgomery leads the Jackets with 14.1 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
The Hurricanes capped a 20-0 home season with an 84-68 win over #14/12 Florida State Feb. 24 in Coral Gables. Junior guard Shenise Johnson with 25 points and 15 rebounds against the Seminoles. Morgan Stroman and Riquna Williams added 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Last season at this point, Tech was 22-7, 8-5 ACC after a 64-57 win over North Carolina on Feb. 26 in Atlanta.
SENIOR CLASS VICTORIES
This year’s senior class of Deja Foster and Alex Montgomery has a chance to become the all-time winningest class to play for the Yellow Jackets. The duo tied the Georgia Tech record for most wins by a senior class of 88 with the 64-57 win at #13/16 North Carolina Feb. 24. The most recent class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, to leave The Flats set the record with 88 wins in four years.
BY THE NUMBERS
In addition to becoming the all-time winningest class on The Flats, the 2011 class has a chance to set a few more records.
… They tied the 2010 class for most ACC wins in their careers, 32, with the win at UNC on Thursday. They can set the record with a win over Miami on Sunday.
… They are currently on pace to have the highest winning percentage of any class in Tech history. Heading into Sunday’s game, the 2011 class has won 69.8 percent of career games and 58.2 percent of ACC games. The 2010 class set both records, winning 67.7 percent of all games and 57.1 percent of ACC games during its tenure.
STRIVING FOR NEW ACC HEIGHTS
With two games remaining in the ACC regular season, the Jackets have a chance to do something that has never been done before on The Flats. If Tech would win out and post a 10-4 league record, it would be the first time the Yellow Jackets have won at least 10 ACC games. In fact, only one previous time has Tech won even nine conference games, which happened in 2006-07 when GT finished 9-5.
With the win over North Carolina, the Jackets won their ninth ACC game for only the second time in program history.
FOURTEEN IS FINE
The Jackets claimed their 14th home win of the year with Feb. 17th’s win over Clemson, which tied the school record for most home wins in a season. With one more home game this season, the Jackets have a chance to set records for home wins in a season and home winning percentage in a season.
The record of 14 home wins was first set in 2002-03 when Tech went 14-3 at AMC and it was tied in 2007-08 when the Jackets posted a 14-2 home mark. The 14-2 record from `07-08 is the best single-season home winning percentage, .875, for Tech.
TECH’S WINS AGAINST RANKED FOES
All-time, Tech has notched 31 wins against ranked foes. Tech has never defeated Miami when the Hurricanes entered the contest ranked.
JOSEPH KNOWS HOW TO TAKE DOWN THE RANKED
Since head coach MaChelle Joseph took the reins of the Tech program prior to the 2003-04 season, the Yellow Jackets have beaten eight ranked foes. During her playing days at Purdue, Joseph helped the Boilermakers to 13 wins over ranked opponents in four years.
WIN NO. 150
The Feb. 24 win at North Carolina was career win number 150 for Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph. She is currently second on the all-time wins list at Georgia Tech, trailing only her predecessor, Agnus Berenato, who tallied 223 wins over a 15 year tenure on The Flats.