Feb. 28, 2008
ATLANTA – Fresh off an Atlantic Coast Conference road win, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (20-7, 6-6 ACC) returns home to face Virginia Tech (14-13, 1-11) Friday in the final home game for the four Yellow Jackets senior players. Tip-off at Alexander Memorial Coliseum is slated for 7:06 p.m.
The game will be televised live on the ACC Regional Sports Networks (Fox Sports South in Atlanta). Mike Hogewood and Debbie Antonelli will call all the action. Tech fans can also listen to Richard Musterer and Kurt Hoyt call the game on WREK radio (91.1 FM/www.wrek.org), Georgia Tech women’s basketball’s flagship station.
“Friday is a special game for this team for so many reasons,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “This is our opportunity to honor these four seniors that have meant so much to this program. I want to encourage everyone to come out and show their appreciation for these four special seniors. It’s going to be an exciting match-up. Virginia Tech is a well coached team with one of the top scorers in the ACC.”
This will mark the fifth meeting between the two programs with the Hokies winning all four of the previous games. Last season, Virginia Tech defeated the Jackets, 73-68, in Blacksburg, Va.
The Jackets will honor seniors Jill Ingram, Daphne Mitchell, Janie Mitchell and Chioma Nnamaka before their final game at the AMC. The foursome has won 68 games since stepping foot on the Flats, a senior class record, and has accounted for 437 starts over the past four seasons.
Joseph’s first recruiting class has helped the women’s basketball program to its first back-to-back 20-win seasons and its first NCAA Tournament victory.
Tech will be wearing 1979-80 replica jerseys provided by Russell Athletic Friday night. The team will honor the first Georgia Tech women’s basketball team to compete in the ACC.
“This is also our “throwback” game and we are honoring the first ever women’s basketball team at Tech,” Joseph said. “It seems fitting to be honoring the first ever team and this senior class that is the first ever to have back-to-back 20-win seasons.”
Tech will close out its regular season with a game at Virginia Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena. The pairings for next week’s ACC Tournament will be announced by the ACC Sunday evening following the Duke at North Carolina game.
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