Sept. 13, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six Georgia Tech women’s basketball games will be televised and contests with 10 2011 NCAA Tournament teams highlight the full 2011-12 Yellow Jacket schedule announced Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Yellow Jackets will play three ACC contests on the league’s regional sports network and three on the nationally available ESPN3.
With the transition from Alexander Memorial Coliseum to the McCamish Pavilion, which will open for the 2012-13 season, all of Georgia Tech’s home games this year, with the exception of the home finale against Clemson, will be played at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Clemson game will be played at Forbes Arena on the Morehouse College campus in Atlanta.
The 2011-12 season will mark the first time the ACC has played 16 women’s basketball conference games. Each league team will play all other 11 teams once and will meet five institutions twice. This season, Tech will see Boston College, Clemson, NC State, Maryland and Wake Forest twice.
“The ACC is again going to be very deep. We’re excited about the challenging home schedule that we have, including hosting Duke, Maryland and Miami,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Our fans are going to have the opportunity to see some of the very best women’s college basketball. With five seniors returning and 12 letterwinners, we are poised to be a factor in the race for the ACC Championship in 2011-12.”
Joseph will lead her squad on the road for the first two league games of the year. Tech will open the conference season by traveling to Raleigh, N.C., to face the NC State Wolfpack on Monday, Jan. 2.
A second road game in as many conference contests await the Jackets when they travel to College Park, Md., to face the Maryland Terrapins on January 6 in a game that will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on the ACC’s regional sports network. The Terps won the only regular season meeting last year, 56-53, on a last second three at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Jackets returned the favor and defeated Maryland, 70-64, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Georgia Tech will open its home slate with a nationally avaiilable match up with the Miami Hurricanes at 7 p.m., January 9, on ESPN3, followed by a home meeting with Wake Forest on January 12 at 7 p.m.
The Jackets head back on the road for a January 15 game at Boston College for a Sunday matinee to begin at 1 p.m. on the RSN. After returning home, Tech will only have two days to prepare for its only meeting with reigning ACC champion Duke on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The meeting with the Blue Devils will tip off at 7 p.m. and be aired nationally by ESPN3.
A trip to the Sunshine State’s capital follows as the Yellow Jackets will face the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday, Jan. 22 in a 2 p.m. match-up, before returning home to face the Virginia Cavaliers in the teams’ only meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
Tech will make the short drive to the Palmetto State to face the Clemson Lady Tigers for the first time in 2012 for a 4 p.m. contest on January 29. The Jackets will then return home for their first pair of rematches of the season when NC State and Maryland come to Atlanta on February 2 and 6, respectively. The Jackets and Wolfpack will tip off at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and the game with the Terrapins will begin at 7 p.m. on the 6th and be televised on the RSN.
Georgia Tech will face the North Carolina Tar Heels for the only time in a Sunday, Feb. 12, contest in Chapel Hill, with tip off set for 2 p.m. on ESPN3. Last season, the Jackets swept the Tar Heels for the first time since 1990-91 with both victories marking Tech milestones. Georgia Tech rallied from down seven with 1:03 to play to defeat UNC, 71-70, in the conference opener on January 6 in Atlanta. The Jackets earned their first win in Chapel Hill since 2002 and Joseph tallied her 150th career victory in the 67-54 win on February 24.
Tech’s next game will also be in the Old North State when the Jackets travel to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. on February 16, before returning to Atlanta to face Boston College for the second time at 2 p.m. on February 19.
Georgia Tech will meet Virginia Tech for the only time in 2011-12 in the second to last game of the year. The Yellow Jackets travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Feb. 23, before wrapping up the regular season against Clemson in a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 26 in Atlanta.
Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s basketball on Twitter, @GTWBB, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensBasketball, for an inside look at the program. Tickets can be purchased at RamblinWreck.com or by calling 888-TECH-TIX.