Jan. 9, 2013
Georgia Tech will try to level its ACC play for the first time this season when the Virginia Cavaliers come to McCamish Pavilion for a 7 p.m. matchup Thursday night on ESPN3 and WREK 91.1 FM.
The Jackets have won two straight against the `Hoos and three of the last four against UVa. Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph is 5-1 against Virginia in Atlanta and the Jackets have won seven of the last nine vs. the Cavaliers in Atlanta.
For the second straight game, Tech was efficient and hot from the floor in the first half. After recording 16 assists on 20 first half field goals against Florida State, Tech notched 11 assists on 15 first half field goals at Clemson. However, against the Lady Tigers, the Jackets remained red-hot in the second half, cruising to an 81-59 win.
The game against Clemson was the best offensive performance of the year for the Jackets who finished the game with season-highs of 81 points, 53.7 percent shooting and eight 3-pointers.
Sydney Wallace led the way at CU with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
300 ON TAP
Head coach MaChelle Joseph will coach in her 300th game at Georgia Tech when the Jackets take on Virginia on Jan. 10 in Atlanta. She will become only the second Georgia Tech coach, along with Agnus Berenato, to be at the helm of the Jackets for 300 contests.
JUST WARMING UP
In Tech’s two games since returning to ACC play Jan. 3, the Jackets are shooting 57.4 percent (35-of-61) and have 27 assists on 35 made field goals. In those two games, the Jackets are averaging 42.5 points in the first half and have an assist/turnover ratio of 2.3.
FROM LONG RANGE
Sophomore Sydney Wallace is already closing in on the Georgia Tech career top 10 for 3-pointers made. Entering the Virginia game on Jan. 10, Wallace has made 58 career threes. Currently 10th on the GT all-time list is Christie Finney with 79, just 21 ahead of Wallace. As a freshman, Wallace made 45.
TAKING & GIVING RECORDS
Junior Dawnn Maye is approaching the Georgia Tech career top 10 for steals and assists.
Entering the Virginia game on Jan. 10, Maye has 251 career assists. Anita Malone currently ranks 10th on the all-time assists list with 310.
Maye has 152 career steals heading into the contest with the Cavaliers. Joyce Pierce is currently 10th on the Tech all-time steals list with 194.
POSTING AN SOS
Through games of Jan. 7, Georgia Tech’s strength of schedule is ranked ninth by realtimerpi.com, the second most difficult schedule of any ACC team this year.
After playing at North Carolina Sunday, Jan. 6, Virginia Tech passed Georgia Tech for the toughest in the conference. The Hokies’ schedule is ranked fifth.
Five of Georgia Tech’s six losses come to teams ranked 19 or higher in this week’s AP poll. The fifth is to Syracuse who is 12-1 and receiving votes.
Junior Tyaunna Marshall is one of only three players in the ACC to rank in the league’s top 15 in scoring, rebounding and steals. The others are Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas and Florida State’s Natasha Howard.
Through games of Jan. 9, Marshall is second in scoring with 15.9 ppg, fifth in rebounding with 8.3 rpg and tied for 12th in steals with 2.2 spg.