Oct. 3, 2013
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team began the 2013-14 preseason by hosting its first practice this afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets are preparing for its 11th season under the direction of head coach MaChelle Joseph. Georgia Tech has 16 conference and 14 non-conference games on its 2013-14 slate. The ACC portion of the Yellow Jacket’s schedule includes home-and-home series with Maryland and Clemson, and home games against defending ACC champion Duke and ACC runner-up North Carolina.
Catching Up with the Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech will be led by senior Tyaunna Marshall, a 2013 honorable mention All-American and first team All-ACC selection. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native led Tech with 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season and was the only player in the ACC to rank in the conference’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding and steals. Marshall is one of six Yellow Jackets returning who started at least 10 games last year and one of nine letterwinners coming back to the Flats.
The Yellow Jackets return 75 percent of its scoring led by Marshall’s 18.1 ppg. GT also returns 62 percent of its rebounds and returns its two top rebounders. Marshall led the 2012-13 squad, averaging 8.4 rpg while sophomore Roddreka Rogers averaged 5.6 rpg.
Junior Sydney Wallace is the returning leader in 3-point shooting percentage, making 32.4 percent of her shots from behind the arc last season. Last season, senior Dawnn Maye ranked second in steals and third in assists in the ACC. For 24 of the Jackets’ 30 games, Maye led the team in assists, averaging 4.8 apg.
Joseph also added a stellar freshman class for the 2013-14 season, led by high school All-American Kaela Davis from nearby Suwanee, Ga.. The Jackets also welcome guard Donnaizha Fountain from Roxbury, Mass., Gabrielle Holston from Margaret, Ala. and Katarina Vuckovic from Smeredevo, Serbia.
2013-14 Schedule Highlights
Tickets for the Georgia Tech women’s basketball home games can be purchased by calling 888-TECH-TIX, visiting the Tech ticket office at 150 Bobby Dodd Way or by going online. Georgia Tech students are admitted free to all home games with their BuzzCard. On Sundays, all college students with a valid student ID and all younger students are admitted free.
Following its exhibition against Clayton State on Oct. 27, the Yellow Jackets host Coppin State on Nov. 8 for its season opener. During the nonconference portion of its schedule, Tech travels to both Tennessee and Georgia.
Tech will also host Illinois on Dec. 4 during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 during the challenge.
Georgia Tech will also travel to two tournaments, the LIU Turkey Classic in Brooklyn N.Y. from Nov. 29-30 and the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Dec. 20-21. On Dec. 29-30, the Yellow Jackets will host a holiday tournament, welcoming Brown, Hampton and Alabama State to the Flats.
Tech opens up conference play at home against Duke on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. which will be broadcasted on ESPN3. The Yellow Jackets will play each ACC opponent, including newcomers Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame once, besides Clemson and Maryland, who they will have a home-and-home series with. Georgia Tech’s contest on Feb. 23 against Maryland will be featured on ESPN2. The Jackets will also play host to Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia and Boston College throughout the conference season.
The ACC women’s basketball tournament runs from March 5-9 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.