Jan. 22, 2011
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets suffered their first loss of the ACC season on Friday night in Durham against the #3/3 Duke Blue Devils and will look to right the ship against the visiting Boston College Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum at 1 p.m.
The Eagles come to Atlanta sporting a 15-4 overall record, but a 2-2 mark in ACC play after having faced three Top 25 teams in their first four league contests. Boston College was picked seventh in the ACC preseason poll and currently sit in seventh. The Jackets were slated fifth by the preseason prognosticators and Tech is third after five games.
Senior center Carolyn Swords leads three Eagles who average in double figures with 17.7 ppg, which ranks ninth in the ACC. Swords and senior forward Stefanie Murphy rank first and second in the league in rebounds with 9.0 and 8.0 rpg, respectively.
Freshman Tyaunna Marshall leads Tech in scoring with 14.0 ppg, the highest ranking rookie in the ACC. Senior Alex Montgomery is close behind at 13.9 ppg and leads Tech with 8.2 rpg. Junior point guard Metra Walthour third in the conference in the critical assist/turnover ratio at 1.9, with 85 assists to just 44 turnovers on the season.
Last season at this point, Tech was 16-4, 2-2 ACC after stepping out of conference and beating Savannah State, 80-51 in Atlanta on Jan. 21.
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 13-2, 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.
Freshman Ty Marshall has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors five times this season. She was named co-rookie after week one, and named top rookie after weeks two, four, eight and nine.
Marshall’s five weekly accolades are the second most Rookie of the Week honors earned by a Yellow Jacket in her first season on The Flats. Niesha Butler won the award seven times in her rookie year of 1998-99 on her way to winning the 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year. The record for most ACC Rookie of the Week honors is held by Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor, who earned the award nine times in 1992-93.
Marshall is currently ninth in the ACC in scoring with 14.0 ppg, and she is the highest ranked freshman in the league. In ACC games, Marshall is 11th in scoring with 14.6 ppg. In conference action, Marshall is tied for 14th in free throw percentage, converting 75.0 percent of her attempts.
Marshall has finished in double digit scoring in 15 of her 21 career games, including in four of six against ranked opponents, and has led Tech in scoring in 11 of 21 games.
Junior point guard Metra “MeMe” Walthour is fourth in the ACC in all games, dishing out 4.0 assists per game and is the highest ranked non-senior. In all contests, she is ninth in the ACC with 2.4 steals per game and third in the critical assist/turnover ratio at 1.9.
In ACC games, Walthour is sixth with 4.4 helpers an outing, sixth with 2.6 steals a game and sixth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.8.
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 83 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 six more wins to pass the `09-10 class, which would also give the Jackets their fifth consecutive 20-win season.