Feb. 16, 2011
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball will try to notch its fifth straight 20 win season when the Clemson Lady Tigers visit Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 17, for a 7 p.m. contest.
In the first meeting between the two schools this season, the Jackets built a 23-point lead midway through the second half and held on for a 64-53 win on the strength of Sasha Goodlett’s 15 points and eight rebounds.
In their last outing, the Jackets (19-8, 7-4 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 74-65 win over NC State on Feb. 13. Against the Wolfpack, Tech extended its nine point halftime lead to as many as 24 half through the final 20 minutes. Senior Alex Montgomery came off the bench for the first time this season and notched her ninth double-double with game-highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Clemson comes to Atlanta after suffering its third straight defeat, 68-56, at the hands of Virginia Tech on Feb. 14. Senior guard Kirstyn Wright tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points against Virginia Tech. Junior Lindsey Mason tallied her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 12 boards against the Hokies.
Last season at this point, Tech was 20-6, 6-4 ACC after a 69-59 loss at No. 10/10 Florida State on Feb. 15.
The Jackets will be going for the regular-season sweep of the Lady Tigers for the eighth time since ACC play began in 1979-80. Tech has completed the feat five times under head coach MaChelle Joseph, including the past three seasons.
Georgia Tech has reached the 20 win plateau seven times in program history with four coming under Joseph in the past four seasons. Tech can extend that streak to five straight years with at least 20 wins with a victory over Clemson.
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. Currently, the duo has been a part of 86 wins in their three-plus years, second in the Tech annals. The most recent class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, to leave The Flats set the record with 88 wins in four years. In order for Foster and Montgomery to take the top spot, they would need three more wins to pass the `09-10 class, which would also give the Jackets their fifth consecutive 20-win season.
STRIVING FOR NEW ACC HEIGHTS
With three 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 NC State, the Jackets won their seventh ACC game for only the 10th time in program history. Five of those 10 times have come under Joseph, all in the last five years, and the other five times Tech won seven league outings all came when the ACC played a 16-game schedule.