Jan. 29, 2011
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be looking for their third win over a ranked foe this season when they face the No. 16/22 ranked Miami Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fla., and broadcast on CSS. The Jackets have claimed wins over No. 21/22 Georgia and No. 8/8 North Carolina so far this season.
In Tech’s first game as a ranked side this season, the Jackets improved to 18-5 and 6-1 in the ACC with a 78-57 win at Virginia Tech, which fell to 9-11, 0-6 ACC, on Jan. 27. Tech’s depth wore down the Hokies late in the first half as the Jackets built a 35-26 lead at the break. Tech’s size, quickness and depth overwhelmed VT in the final 20 minutes as the Jackets cruised to a 21 point road win.
Freshman Tyaunna Marshall led three Jackets in double digits with her game-high 22 points in an impressive 8-of-10 shooting night. The rookie from Upper Marlboro, Md., doubled her career three points with a pair against the Hokies and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Juniors Sasha Goodlett and Metra Walthour tossed in 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hurricanes downed NC State in their last outing, 84-77, Jan. 27 at home. Riquna Williams led all scorers with 27 while Shenise Johnson added 19 and Stefanie Yderstrom tossed in 18.
Last season at this point, Tech was 17-5, 3-3 ACC after an 80-73 overtime victory over Miami on Jan. 27.
Tech’s record 13-game winning streak ended with a 69-32 loss at No. 3/3 Duke on Jan. 21. The loss also ended the Jackets’ best ACC start ever. The longest consecutive streak is 13 games, which includes the last three games of the 1976-77 season and the first 10 games of the 1977-78 season. The Jackets had only posted one other 3-0 start to league play, which came in 1992-93.
Since the return of senior Deja Foster, Tech is 15-2, with both losses coming to Top 5 ranked 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 Chelsea Regins and freshman Dawnn Maye will both be playing in front of a large contingency of friends and family in Sunday’s game with Miami as both hail from nearby Fort Lauderdale.
Assistant Coach Octavia Blue played for the Hurricanes from 1994-98, where she was a two-time All-American, three time All-BIG EAST and is the fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,742 points.
TECH’S WINS AGAINST RANKED FOES
All-time, Tech has notched 30 wins against ranked foes. Tech has neve beaten Miami when the Hurricanes were ranked. This season, the Jackets are 2-4 against ranked foes.
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 six ranked foes. During her playing days at Purdue, Joseph helped the Boilermakers to 13 wins over ranked opponents in four years.
Freshman Ty Marshall put up her sixth 20-plus point game of her young career on Thursday at Virginia Tech. The rookie routinely steps up to the occasion when the team needs her to be big. Of the six games against ranked teams this year, Marshall is averaging a team-best 15.7 ppg and adds 5.0 rpg.
Of those six games, she has scored in double digits in four and tossed in at least 20 in three. In five of the six, 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.