Nov. 18, 2010
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ women’s basketball team will play the middle game of its current three-game homestand, and its second game in three days, when it hosts the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers on Friday, Nov. 19, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Tech is 2-1 on the campaign after defeating in-state foe Kennesaw State, 79-60, Nov. 17. Juniors Chelsea Regins and LaQuananisha Adams each tied their career-high scoring marks with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Adams also set a new career best rebounding mark, hauling in eight caroms.
This will be the first meeting between Prairie View A&M and Tech. However, in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, the Lady Panthers and Yellow Jackets were each sent to the same first round site, Iowa City, Iowa. The Lady Panthers fell to Oklahoma in the opener, while Tech downed host Iowa before falling to OU in the second round.
The Lady Panthers are 0-1 on the season after losing 79-46 to Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., Nov. 13. Leading Prairie View A&M in that contest was sophomore guard Latia Williams with 14 points and nine rebounds, and freshman guard Siarra Soliz.
ABOUT THE LADY PANTHERS
Prairie View A&M was picked to finish second in the preseason SWAC poll and have made four consecutive postseason appearances under former head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. New head coach, Toyelle Wilson, was Cooper-Dyke’s top assistant for the past four seasons. On the floor, the Lady Panthers are led by senior guard Dominique Smith, the 2010-11 Southwestern Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year.
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 SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Georgia Tech is 11-2 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Lady Panthers are the only SWAC team the Jackets will face this season and finished 2009-10 with a 15-14 overall record and a 12-6 mark in league action.
Last season at this point, Tech was 1-1 after suffering a 70-64 loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 15.
In the Nov. 17 win over Kennesaw State, head coach MaChelle Joseph played all 12 available players, with nine playing at least 13 minutes, and 11 of 12 making at least one field goal. The Tech bench combined to score 38 of the Jackets’ 79 points for the game. The 38 points were by far the highest output Joseph has gotten from her reserves this season. In the opener, the bench accounted for 12 points and in the loss at ODU, her reserves tallied only eight.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
Freshman Tyaunna Marshall made her collegiate debut in impressive fashion against Georgia State. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native made her first career start in her first career game and scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting. In 24 minutes of action, Marshall also hauled in four rebounds, dished out two assists, grabbed two steals and added Tech’s only block for good measure, while not committing a turnover.
It is the highest scoring game by a freshman in her first collegiate game during Joseph’s tenure at Tech. The previous high came from Jill Ingram who tallied 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against Georgia State on Nov. 19, 2004.
Marshall has started the first three games of her career and tallied double digits in each contest. Through three games, the rookie from Upper Marlboro, Md., leads the Yellow Jackets with a 15.3 ppg average. She is second on the squad with 5.3 rpg and 3.0 spg, and is third with 2.7 apg. Marshall is shooting 48.7 percent from the field.