March 18, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (21-11) earned its most wins in a season and first NCAA Tournament win with their thrilling first-round victory over DePaul on Saturday night and advance to face second-seeded Purdue at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday at the Williams Arena on the Campus of the University of Minnesota.
Monday night’s second-round match up will be regionally televised by ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Brenda VanLengen calling all the action. Radio coverage for Monday’s game is provided by the Georgia Tech-ISP Sports Network and heard locally on WREK-FM (91.1 FM) and online at www.WREK.org with Richard Musterer calling the game and Kurt Hoyt offering color analysis.
The winner of Monday’s game will head to Dallas, Texas to face the winner of No. 3 seed Georgia and No. 6 Iowa State in the Sweet 16.
Twelfth-ranked Purdue defeated No.15 seed Oral Roberts, 63-42, in the late game of Saturday night’s double-header. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton led the Boilermakers with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Purdue, the Big Ten champions, have a 29-5 overall record and were 14-2 in conference play this season.
Monday’s meeting will be the first-ever between the schools. The game will be Tech’s second meeting with a Big Ten team this season. The Jackets defeated Big Ten conference member Northwestern, 82-68, on Dec. 18, 2006 in Evanston, Ill. Tech is 4-2 all-time when facing Big Ten opponents.
Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph is no stranger to Purdue, having lettered four-years as a star point guard for the Boilermakers. Joseph finished her college career at Purdue in 1992 as one of the most decorated players in school history garnering the1992 Women’s Basketball News’ College Player of the Year, a `92 Kodak All-America selection, the ’92 Big Ten Player of the Year, was a three-time All-Big Ten first team selection and the 1989 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She is also sits at the top of the Purdue record books in points scored, field goals made, points per game, field goals attempted, assists, and double-figure scoring games. As a coach, Joseph is 1-0 when coaching against her former conference.
The Jackets were led Satruday by Jacqua Williams, who tied a career high in steals (6) and blocks (3) in the opening round win over DePaul. The sophomore, who has 91 steals this season, is currently one steal away from the single season school record set by Kisha Ford in 1992. As a team, Georgia Tech has 368 steals this season which is the most in school history.
Co-captains Janie Mitchell and Chioma Nnamaka, each finished with double-doubles, 14 points and 11 rebounds, in the win over DePaul, which marked the second time this season that two Jackets notched double-doubles in a game. Nnamaka’s 11 rebounds Saturday are a career-high for the Uppsala, Sweden native and gave her her first double-double of the season, while Mitchell notched her fourth.
Tickets to Georgia Tech NCAA Tournament games can be purchased through the Georgia Tech ticket office by calling 888-TECH-TIX.