Nov. 17, 2010
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ women’s basketball team will returns to Alexander Memorial Coliseum for a three-game homestand beginning with the Kennesaw State Owls on Nov. 17. Tech is 1-1 on the season after suffering a 65-63 loss at Old Dominion Nov. 14.
After the Owls, Tech will host the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers on Friday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. and the two-time defending national champion Connecticut Huskies at 2 p.m. Nov. 21.
Senior Alex Montgomery and freshman Ty Marshall have been the leading force behind the Yellow Jackets thus far. Marshall leads the team with a 17.0 ppg average and is second with 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.5 spg. Montgomery is second on the team with 15.5 ppg and leads Tech with 10.0 rpg, 5.0 apg and 4.5 spg.
The Owls enter the contest with a 1-1 record after dropping a 93-39 game at Miami, but rebounded to down Florida Atlantic 65-64. Junior guard Angie Smith leads KSU with 14.5 ppg and sophomore forward follows with 11.5 ppg.
Last Time Out vs. Kennesaw State…
Kennesaw, Ga. – Mo Bennett’s improvement is paying off for No. 25 Georgia Tech.
Bennett had a 23 points to lead five double-figure scorers and added 11 rebounds and Georgia Tech routed Kennesaw State 94-48.
“We recruited Mo to be a scorer and she is coming into her own,” coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She worked hard this summer and it has really helped her mid-range game.”
Bennett scored 19 points against No. 1 Connecticut as a freshman last season, but she finished the season averaging 3.5 points.
“I think it jinxed her,” Joseph said of the big game against UConn. “The rest of the year she struggled. But she has shown what she is capable of this season.”
“Coach told me that I had to step up to play a bigger role this year and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Bennett said. “I have a lot more confidence.”
Brandi Jones scored 13 points and Sametria Gideon added 12 for Kennesaw State (4-5). The Owls shot 28 percent.
The Georgia Tech Athlete Advisory Board is sponsoring the 11th Annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive. Student-Athletes will be collecting new unwrapped toys and money at the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball game against UConn Sunday, Nov. 21.
TECH VERSUS THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE
Georgia Tech is 46-18 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tech will also face Mercer from the Atlantic Sun. KSU 11-19 overall last season and 8-12 in conference play. Tech is 13-6 against Mercer as a member of the A-Sun and the Bears finished 2009-10 14-16 overall mark and a 11-9 record in league action.
Last season at this point, Tech was 1-1 after suffering a 70-64 loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 15.
Freshman Ty Marshall earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week honors Nov. 15. Marshall earns her first career weekly conference accolade after posting double-digit scoring outputs in her first two collegiate games, both of which she started. In the season-opening win over Georgia State, Marshall tallied a game-high 18 points, and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals while not committing a turnover in 24 minutes of action.
The 18 points in the opener were the most by a freshman in her first career game at Georgia Tech under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The previous high came from Jill Ingram who tallied 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against Georgia State on Nov. 19, 2004.
In her first road game at Old Dominion, Marshall, playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends, tossed in 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. She capped another solid all-around game with eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 32 minutes. Marshall was the second-leading scorer for the Jackets and in the game against the Lady Monarchs.
Through two games, the rookie from Upper Marlboro, Md., leads the Yellow Jackets with a 17.0 ppg average. She is second on the squad with 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and is tied for second with 1.5 spg. For the week, she converted 14-of-27 field goal attempts, good for a blistering 51.9 percent conversion rate.
Marshall shared the honor with Florida State forward Natasha Howard who led FSU in its opener with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds.