Nov. 23, 2010
After finishing up a three-game homestand with a 2-1 record, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will head to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam over the Thanksgiving holiday. While the team will be able to enjoy the island, they’ll also be there to work as the Jackets open play on Thursday against #13/13-ranked Georgetown in an 8 p.m. ET contest. This will be the first meeting between the Hoyas and the Yellow Jackets. The Hoyas enter the contest with a 3-0 record after downing La Salle, 50-46, Nov. 19, but haven’t left their home arena yet.
Life won’t get an easier for Tech as it faces perennial power and #4/4-ranked Tennessee in an 8 p.m. ET tip-off. The Yellow Jackets are 0-3 all-time against the Lady Vols, but the last meeting occurred when senior Alex Montgomery was three months old. The Lady Vols bring a 4-0 mark to St. Thomas after a 16-point win, 80-64, over Arizona State Nov. 21.
Tech will wrap up the Paradise Jam against the Missouri Tigers at 5:45 ET Saturday, marking another first meeting for Tech. Mizzou is 1-1 on the year, but hasn’t played since dropping an 81-73 contest at Eastern Illinois.
STREAMED LIVE ONLINE
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Last season at this point, Tech was 2-1 after defeating Florida Gulf Coast, 58-48, on Nov. 21.
TECH VERSUS THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE
Georgia Tech is 7-12 all-time against teams from the BIG EAST Conference. This season, Tech will face two BIG EAST foes and will square off with them in consecutive outings. The Jackets dropped a 71-51 contest to top-ranked Connecticut on Nov. 21 and will challenge the #13/13-ranked Georgetown Hoyas in the opener of the Paradise Jam in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
TECH VERSUS THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Georgia Tech is 7-49 all-time against teams from the sec. This season, Tech will face two SEC foes. The Jackets will face perennial league powers Tennessee (Nov. 26) and Georgia (Dec. 5) this season.
TECH VERSUS THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
Georgia Tech is 2-6 all-time against teams from the Big 12 Conference. Missouri is the only Big 12 team Tech will see this year.
TECH’S WINS AGAINST RANKED FOES
All-time, Tech has notched 28 wins against ranked foes. The highest ranked squad the Yellow Jackets have defeated was when North Carolina was ranked #2/3 and left Alexander Memorial Coliseum with a 66-62 loss on Jan. 22, 2009.
Of the 10 Tech players who saw action in that game, five are active for the Paradise Jam. On the bench for that game was current head coach MaChelle Joseph.
The then-sophomore Alex Montgomery led the Yellow Jackets to victory with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also grabbed four steals and dished out three assists against the Tar Heels.
JOSEPH KNOWS HOW TO TAKE DOWN THE RANKED
Since head coach MaChelle Joseph took the reins of the Tech program prior to the 2003-04 season, the Yellow Jackets have beaten five ranked foes. During her playing days at Purdue, Joseph helped the Boilermakers to 13 wins over ranked opponents in four years.
TWICE AS NICE
Freshman Ty Marshall was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks to open the 2010-11 season.
Marshall led Tech to a 2-1 week, with the lone blemish coming Nov. 21 to #1/1 ranked Connecticut. She averaged a team-best 13.3 ppg on 45.9 percent shooting for the week. Marshall also pulled in 6.7 rpg, dished out 3.5 apg and grabbed 2.0 spg.
She is the first Yellow Jacket to earn multiple ACC Rookie of the Week honors since Alex Montgomery had two in 2007-08. Marshall is also the first Yellow Jacket to win the honor in consecutive weeks since Niesha Butler earned it three straight times, Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, to begin the 1998-99 season and also won it back-to-back on Jan. 25 and Feb.