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Yellow Jackets Open ACC Tournament With No. 12 Seed Virginia Tech

March 1, 2011

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The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team finished the regular season tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings and earned the No. 5 seed for this week’s upcoming ACC Tournament to be held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Yellow Jackets will play in the 5-12 game for the third time in the last four years at the 2011 ACC Tournament.

Both the Yellow Jackets and Hokies are entering the postseason coming off of home losses. Georgia Tech dropped a 70-59 decision to #12/14 Miami Feb. 27 in Atlanta, while the Hokies suffered a 73-71 overtime loss to rival Virginia in Blacksburg.

In their only regular-season meeting, Georgia Tech claimed a 78-57 win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 27. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting in only 20 minutes to lead the Yellow Jackets, the sixth time this year she has finished with at least 20 points. Juniors Sasha Goodlett and Metra Walthour added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Georgia Tech owns a 4-4 all-time record against the Hokies, and the Jackets have won four straight in the series. The two teams have never faced each other in the ACC Tournament and have met once previously in postseason play. The Hokies claimed a 61-59 win in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind.

Former Yellow Jacket Tory Ehle-Rule has been named Georgia Tech’s ACC Legend in the 2011 class that will be honored at this year’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament March 3-6 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Ehle-Rule played at Georgia Tech from 1984-87 and graduated as the school’s all-time assists leader with 409 helpers and was third on the career scoring list with 1,089 points. She was a two-time captain of the Jackets, an honorable mention Academic All-American and helped Tech to its first winning season.

Georgia Tech senior Alex Montgomery and freshman Ty Marshall were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference with selection to 2011 All-ACC Women’s Basketball teams
Montgomery was selected to the 2011 All-ACC second team, while Marshall earned inclusion on the All-ACC third team.
Montgomery’s selection to the 2011 all conference team is the fourth all league honor of her career. She earned All-Freshman team accolades in 2008, All-ACC third team selection in 2009 and 2010, and was named the 2010 ACC Sixth Player of the Year.
In her ACC debut, Marshall tossed in 24 points as the Jackets beat eighth-ranked North Carolina. She has been either first or second on the team in scoring all year and averaged 13.4 ppg for the regular season. Marshall earned five ACC Rookie of the Week honors throughout the course of the season, the most by a Tech newcomer since 1998-99.

This year’s senior class of Deja Foster and Alex Montgomery has a chance to become the all-time winningest class to play for the Yellow Jackets. The duo tied the Georgia Tech record for most wins by a senior class of 88 with the 64-57 win at #13/16 North Carolina Feb. 24. The most recent class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, to leave The Flats set the record with 88 wins in four years.
The 2011 class tied the 2010 class for most ACC wins in their careers, 32, with the win at UNC on Feb. 24.

In addition to becoming the all-time winningest class on The Flats, the 2011 class has a chance to have the highest winning percentage of any class in Tech history. Heading into Thursday’s game, the 2011 class has won 69.3 percent of career games. The 2010 class again set the record, winning 67.7 percent of all games.



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