May 6, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball will face conference rivals Clemson and Notre Dame in home-and-away games during the 2014-15 Atlantic Coast Conference season the conference announced Tuesday.
The Yellow Jackets will also host Duke, Florida State, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. Notre Dame advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament Championship game while Florida State, N.C. State and Syracuse all made the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
Tech will travel to Boston College, ACC newcomer Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest during the season. The matchup at Louisville will be the first meeting in history between the Cardinals and the Yellow Jackets. Louisville will join the ACC on July 1, 2014. Louisville went 33-5 overall and 16-2 in the American Athletic Conference during the 2013-14 season. The Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Championship Regional Final for the second straight year.
The format for regular-season play is a 16-game ACC schedule. Each team will play two opponents home and away, and will face six opponents at home only and another six on the road only.
“ACC fans will appreciate the fact that the rival partners, those conference members that will play each other home and away each season, are the same for ACC men and women’s basketball,” said Nora Lynn Finch, Senior Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball. “For ACC women’s basketball, the only conference opponents who repeat home and away games each season will be the `rival partners’. Long-standing rivalries will be honored, and new conference rivalries will be developed with a schedule that is certain to entertain our fans and challenge our teams.”
The ACC teams competing in 2014-15 combine for 203 appearances in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship and own 19 Final Four appearances. The ACC was represented by nine postseason squads in 2014, including eight teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, which was tied for the most of any conference. The league had three teams advance to the Regional Finals and two in the Final Four. The ACC finished the 2013-14 season with a 184-91 (.669) record against non-conference competition.
During the 2013-14 season, the Yellow Jackets completed its seventh 20 win season in the past eight years under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The Jackets also received its seventh at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament under Coach Joseph. Tech finished the season at 20-12 and seventh in the ACC with a 9-7 conference record.