Nov. 11, 2010
ATLANTA, GA. – Seniors Alex Montgomery and Deja Foster, and junior Metra Walthour were selected by their teammates and coaches as captains of the 2010-11 Yellow Jacket women’s basketball team, announced today by head coach MaChelle Joseph.
“Deja, Alex and Me-Me (Walthour) have shown tremendous leadership throughout their time on the Flats,” Joseph said. “I have no doubt that these three outstanding student-athletes will lead this team and program to unprecedented heights.”
Montgomery, a Tacoma, Wash., native returns for her senior season completely healthy after suffering a knee injury in March 2009. She played in 28 games, starting 13, after missing only five games due to injury during the ’09-10 season. Montgomery posted the second highest scoring average, tallying 11.9 ppg, to go with 6.0 rpg and 2.0 apg. She was honored by the ACC with the Sixth Player of the Year award and Third Team All-ACC accolades.
“Being elected as a team captain is a great honor because I’m able to lead by example,” said Montgomery. “It is really exciting and I am able to put the team on my shoulders to help lead us to the goals we want to achieve as a team.”
Foster played in all 33 contests last season and started in 31 games. In 2009-10, she was a do-it-all player for Tech. The Memphis, Tenn., native led the squad with 108 assists (3.3 apg) and second on the team with 6.1 rpg. Foster finished third on the team with 9.9 ppg after converting on 48.0 percent of her field goal attempts. She was equally impressive off the court, earning 2010 ACC All-Academic Team honors as well.
“Being named a captain means a lot. It lets me know that my teammates believe in me enough to lead them and show them what to do on and off the court,” Foster said. “It means even more that I’m not playing [the first part of the season] and they still see me as a leader. It puts a pressure on to always do the right thing. But it’s a good pressure. You don’t want to mess up because you have to hold other people accountable.”
As a sophomore, Walthour saw action in all 33 games and earned a spot in the starting lineup during 20 contests. During her second season on the Flats, the Hinesville, Ga., native dished out 91 assists, which registered as the fifth highest total for a sophomore at Tech. Walthour, affectionately referred to as “Me-Me” by coaches and teammates, ended the year with a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio and pitched in 3.9 ppg and 1.3 rpg as well.
‘We’ve always had two leaders for a while in Deja and Alex,” Walthour said. “With them being seniors, they can’t do it all by themselves. The junior class is the biggest class and we knew we needed to step up. Coach asked me to fill that role and I’m looking to do the best I can.”
The Yellow Jackets will open the season Friday, Nov. 12, against Georgia State at 5 p.m. at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 888-TECH-TIX.
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