Oct. 22, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s women’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year, as determined by a vote of the newly formed Blue Ribbon Panel at the ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day in Greensboro, N.C.
North Carolina was picked to win the conference and received 15 first-place votes. The Tar Heels were followed by Maryland, who received 11 first-place votes, Duke, Virginia, Florida State and then Tech.
“We are excited to be considered among the best teams in the ACC, however our goal is to finish higher than we ever have,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “That means we have some work to do.”
The Yellow Jackets return three starters and nine letterwinners from a squad that won 22 games and earned its second straight NCAA Tournament bid. Tech is preparing for an exhibition game on Nov. 9 against the Southeastern Hoops Report All-Stars. The regular-season opener will be Nov. 14 against Troy at 6:00 p.m. as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader.
“The ACC is one of the most competitive conferences in the country and we are looking forward to an exciting season,” Joseph said.
The Blue Ribbon Panel, beginning in the 2008-09 season, consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives. In addition to league’s preseason poll, the panelists will vote on weekly honors and postseason All-Conference teams.
2008-09 Predicted Order of Finish
1. North Carolina (15)
2. Maryland (11)
3. Duke (14)
4. Virginia (2)
5. Florida State
6. Georgia Tech
7. Boston College
8. NC State
10. Virginia Tech
12. Wake Forest
2008-09 Preseason All-ACC Team
Chante Black, Duke
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Rashanda McCants, North Carolina
Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Monica Wright, Virginia
Preseason Player of the Year: Kristi Toliver, Maryland
Preseason Rookie of the Year: Lynetta Kizer, Maryland
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