Nov. 12, 2010
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team opened the 2010-11 season in the same fashion that it has in the previous seven years under head coach MaChelle Joseph – with a win. The Yellow Jackets claimed a 66-56 victory over city rival Georgia State Friday night at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
With the win, the Jackets extended their winning streak over the Panthers to 12 games.
Tech got off to a quick start and never looked back. A Sasha Goodlett layup at the 18:01 mark put the Jackets up 7-5 and that would be the closest Georgia State was the rest of the way. The stifling Georgia Tech defense limited Georgia State to one field goal in the final 3:59 of the first half as the Jackets built a 35-20 halftime lead.
Freshman Tyaunna Marshall led all players with 18 points in her first collegiate game. The rookie from Upper Marlboro, Md., converted on 8-of-15 shots, grabbed four rebounds, added two assists and two steals without committing a turnover in her first career start.
Junior guard Metra Walthour had a perfect shooting night, finishing 6-of-6 from the floor, including a 1-of-1 mark from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, finishing the night with a new career-high of 15 points. Senior Alex Montgomery was the third Jacket in double figures as she finished with 13 points. The Tacoma, Wash., native narrowly missed a double-double as she hauled in nine boards, dished out six assists and picked up five steals.
Georgia State was led by redshirt-junior center Chandra Harris, who finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman Kendra Long came off the bench to pitch in a team-high 13 points, while senior Angelique Burtts also scored 12 points.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 26-10 all-time on opening day and 6-0 under Joseph at the AMC.
While Tech has been successful in the friendly confines of its home facility, winning 77 percent of home contests under Joseph, it now must hit the road for the first time in 2010-11. Tech will travel to Norfolk, Va., to face the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday. Richard Musterer and Kyle Tait will call the action live on WREK 91.1 FM and www.WREK.org.
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