Nov. 26, 2009
The Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (2-1) will face Seton Hall (3-2) in the first round of the Long Island University Turkey Classic Friday., Nov. 27. Tip off at the LIU Wellness, Recreation and Athletic is slated for 4 p.m. Tech will face either host LIU or Brown in the second round of the Brooklyn, N.Y. tournament.
TECH VS. SETON HALL
Georgia Tech is 2-0 all-time against Seton Hall: Last meeting, 82-67, win by GT on Dec. 29, 1995.
Tech is just 6-11 (.353) all-time against teams from the Big East.
The last time the Yellow Jackets played in New York was on Dec. 17, 2004 when they visited St. John’s.
The Jackets are 15-1 when playing a game in the state of New York.
TECH TO FACE LIU OR BROWN IN SECOND ROUND OF TURKEY CLASSIC
Georgia Tech is scheduled to face either host Long Island University or Brown on the second day of the LIU Turkey Classic. The Jackets are 2-0 all-time against the Blackbirds of Brooklyn and have never faced Brown. Tech is 10-0 vs. teams from the Northeast Conference and 8-0 all-time against teams from the Ivy League.
TECH IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS
The Yellow Jackets are 95-22 all-time in regular season tournaments. The Jackets have won 35 of these tournaments including last season’s Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout. Tech will also compete in the FIU Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28.
MONTGOMERY GETTING HEALTHY
Junior Alex Montgomery, who has been recovering from a knee injury all summer, has been cleared to practice with the team. The Yellow Jacket coaching staff hopes to have her back in action in December.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, is only 255 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery scored 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore.
SENIOR CLASS LOOKING FOR MORE WINS
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 67 wins in their three seasons on the Flats. The Jackets need 13 wins in 2009-10 for this years seniors to become the winningest senior class in the history of the women’s basketball program. Last years seniors hold the current record with 79 victories.
With the team’s added depth in the post, head coach MaChelle Joseph has decided to move senior Brigitte Ardossi to the perimeter. Ardossi has shown the ability to knock down jumpers and will cause mismatches for the defense.
ARDOSSI THE AUSSIE
Senior Brigitte Ardossi, if nothing else, has been extremely consistent over her three-plus seasons on the Flats. The Melbourne, Australia native has played in all 100 games since she came to Tech and has started 52 of them. As a junior, she averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting a team-best 81.9 percent from the free-throw line.
This season, coach Joseph expects big things from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 10.0 points and 6.0 boards per game so far and has connected on 10-12 (.833) free-throw attempts.
REBOUNDING WITH REGINS
Sophomore Chelsea Regins is known to be very active when she gets on the court and it showed when she grabbed a career-high 16 boards to go with her 11 points against Florida Gulf Coast. She did not only record her first career double-double, it was also the first time a Yellow Jackets has recorded 16 rebounds in a game since Sonja Mallory had 16 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 31, 2003.
THE `MO’TER IS RUNNING
While junior Alex Montgomery is out with an injury, sophomore Mo Bennett has filled in for the All-ACC wing. Bennett has shown her ability to score (career-high 21 points vs. Winthrop) and the ability to rebound (career-high 13 rebounds vs. FGCU). She currently leads the team in ppg with 11.7 and is second in rebounding with 8.3 a game. She also has recorded a team-high 11 steals in three games.
94 FEET WITH THE JACKETS
Over the past two seasons, Georgia Tech has led the NCAA in steals per game. This has to be credited to Coach Joseph’s pressing defense. Joseph will press for 40 minutes with numerous pressing schemes to keep the offense offbalance. Joseph wants her team to “be an impressive running defensive team that creates opportunities for the offense.” The team has totaled 890 steals the past two years, good for 13.9 per game.
The Yellow Jackets started 2009-10 with 28 steals (14.0 pg) in the first two games.
SIX-FEET OVER GROUND
Two seasons ago, head coach MaChelle Joseph called her squad “the best six-feet and under team in the country.” Today she lists 10 players on the 13-player roster at 6-0 or taller, including five players that are 6-3 or taller. Though tall, the players are also very athletic and quick.
WET BEHIND THE EARS
The 2009-10 Yellow Jackets are not only tall, they are young. Tech once again only has four upperclassmen on its roster. Though they lack in years, the squad does have a lot of experience. All nine returning players have at least two games of NCAA Tournament experience and the roster as a whole has 24 games of experience in the tournament.
TECH ENTERS SEVENTH SEASON UNDER COACH JO
Coach MaChelle Joseph, who is entering her seventh season at Georgia Tech, has already recorded the second-most wins in Tech history. Joseph has registered a 108-77 (.584) record and is the fastest coach in school history to win 100. She has led Tech to its three straight 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournaments, both firsts for the Yellow Jacket program. Joseph registered her 100th victory on Feb. 1, 2009 against Clemson.