Jan. 1, 2011
As Georgia Tech closes out the non-conference portion of the 2010-11 schedule, the Jackets are getting hot just in time for league play to begin. The last piece of business in the first “season within a season” comes on Sunday when the Jacksonville State Gamecocks come to Alexander Memorial Coliseum for a 2 p.m. match-up. Tech enters the game riding an eight-game winning streak and a three-game set where the Jacket defense has been dominant.
Jacksonville State brings a 4-9 record to Atlanta after suffering a 79-60 loss at Auburn on Dec. 30. Junior center Brittany Wiley scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting for JSU at Auburn and hauled in seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Danielle Vaughn notched her second double-double of the season with a 13 rebound, 10 point effort. Senior Zenobia Pitts came off the bench to toss in 14 points for the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks have already begun conference play and are 1-2 in the Ohio Valley.
In Tech’s last game, the Jackets held another OVC opponent, Tennessee State, without a field goal in the first half, allowing only three free throws and to 11 points for the game. Senior Alex Montgomery tossed in 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career.
SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE STATE
Junior post Brittany Wiley leads the JSU scoring attack, tossing in 13.3 per game in addition to her 4.8 rpg. Wiley also sees the floor well as she is third on the team in assists with 1.7 a game. Sophomore Danielle Vaughn is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.6 per game and she adds 8.3 ppg. Senior Danielle Beneby is second on the squad in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 8.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
Ten of Jacksonville State’s 11 players have seen action in at least 12 of the team’s 13 games. Beneby and Vaughn have started all 13 contests, while Wiley and junior forward Brittany Manning have each started 12.
After winning their first two games of the year, JSU lost its next seven. In their last four games, the Gamecocks are 2-2.
Jacksonville State has played two teams this season that Georgia Tech has lready faced and a third that the Jackets will see in the new year. The Gamecocks lost at Georgia State, 59-47, Dec. 16 and beat Kennesaw State 77-56, Dec. 28. Jacksonville State also faced Florida State on Dec. 12 in Tallahassee, a contest which the Seminoles won 87-39.
Tech opened the year with a 66-56 win over Georiga State at AMC and downed Kennesaw State, 79-60, five days later in Atlanta. Tech will only face the Seminoles once during the regular season, a Feb. 11 game in Tallahassee.
Last season at this point, Tech was 12-2 after winning the FIU Holiday Tournament with a 68-57 victory over host Florida International on Dec. 29, the Jackets seventh straight win.
Tech extended its winning streak to eight with a 76-47 win over Army on Jan. 2 at AMC.
TECH VERSUS THE OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
Georgia Tech is 2-0 all-time against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, with the only games being two match-ups with Tennessee State. The Jackets will face OVC teams in consecutive outings as the Jacksonville State Gamecocks come to AMC on Jan. 2.
Tech’s record vs. Ohio Valley schools:
Tennessee State 2-0 1.000
Georgia Tech made its way into the NCAA record books as its defense shut down the Tennessee State offense. Tech tied the NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a half as TSU only scored three points in the opening 20 minutes, all of which came on free throws from Jasmine Brimm. The Jackets set the NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a Division I game as they held the Lady Tigers to only 11 total points for the contest.
Tennessee State was 0-of-24 from the field in the first half and 3-of-50 for the game. The Lady Tigers first points of the game were two Brimm free throws at 11:05 of the first half. Tech forced a season-high 35 turnovers and turned them into 43 points.
THREE GAME STRETCH
Over the past three games (at Washington, vs. Mercer and Tennessee State), Georgia Tech has an average margin of victory of 53.7, the closest of which was the 33 point win at Washington. In those three games, Tech is shooting 50.8 percent from the field while its opponents are mustering only a 20.1 conversion rate. The Jackets also out-rebounded those three by an average of 20.7 and have a turnover margin of plus 11.3.
Tech posted its eighth straight win with the victory over Tennessee State on Dec. 30. It is the Jackets’ longest streak since reeling off eight straight from Dec. 13 to Jan. 2 of last season.
Since the return of senior Deja Foster, Tech is 8-1. Foster, made her season debut against Tennessee after recovering from a knee injury in the offseason, but did not play against Tennessee State.