April 16, 2010
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team will participate in the 11th annual US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Reef Division at University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI, Nov. 25-27, announced the tournament’s director Friday.
“We have one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the history of our program in 2010-2011,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “It is exciting to have this type of opportunity early in the season. We look forward to the challenge.”
Joining the Yellow Jackets in the field are Tennessee, Georgetown and Missouri. These teams help to make the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Reef Division one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.
Two of this year’s Reef Division teams make return visits to the Islands. Tennessee claimed the St. John Division championship in 2005 and Georgia Tech was the runner up in the 2003 St. John Division Tournament.
The Paradise Jam Reef Division is a Multiple Team Event (MTE) tournament. An MTE tournament counts as only two games against a team’s annual maximum of 29 games, despite playing three games at the tournament.
Competition in the Reef Division tournament begins on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, at 6:45 PM with a matchup between Missouri and Tennessee, followed by the 9:00 PM game between Georgia Tech and Georgetown. Games continue on November 26th with Georgetown vs. Missouri at 6:45 PM and Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech at 9:00 PM. Competition concludes on November 27th at 6:45 PM with Georgia Tech vs. Missouri followed at 9:00 PM by Georgetown vs. Tennessee.
All game times are listed as Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Games will be played at the U.V.I. Sports and Fitness Center, the Caribbean’s premier basketball facility located in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
In the 2009 Paradise Jam Reef Division Rutgers, Southern California and Texas all finished 2-1. Rutgers claimed the championship using the tie-breaker criteria. Southern California finished 2nd, Texas finished 3rd and the Reef Division was rounded out by Mississippi State.