Fifth-Seeded Hoyas Face Fourth-Seeded Georgia Tech in NCAA Tournament Second Round
March 19, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The fifth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad participated in the NCAA Tournament's media opportunity and open practice on Monday prior to Tuesday's second-round matchup between the Hoyas and the fourth-seeded Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Blue & Gray will tipoff against the Yellow Jackets at 7:15 p.m., on Tuesday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
"We are very excited to get a win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy at the media opportunity on Monday. "I thought our team played extremely hard. I thought we pressed them well and got the ball inside. I am grateful for my team for going through with the game plan. I thought there were a lot of times where we could have stood out there and shot the three and played like we normally play. But they understood the game plan and got the ball inside."
The Blue & Gray won its first-round game on Sunday, downing the 12th-seeded Fresno State Bulldogs, 61-56. Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) led the way with 17 points and six rebounds. Georgia Tech advanced defeating No. 13 Sacred Heart, 76-50. Freshman guard Sydney Wallace scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Yellow Jackets past Sacred Heart.
Georgetown is 23-8 overall after earning the fourth seed in the BIG EAST Championship, before falling to West Virginia. The Hoyas have been in the national rankings all season currently sitting at No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. GU has had three wins over nationally-ranked opponents and two over top-10 opponents. The team has defeated four NCAA Tournament squads.
The Blue & Gray has been to the NCAA Tournament three times prior to this year with an overall record of 5-3. Last season, Georgetown tied a program record advancing to the Sweet 16 after defeating No. 12 Princeton University in the opening round and the fourth-seeded University of Maryland on the Terps' home court at Comcast Center in the second round. GU narrowly fell to top-seeded Connecticut, 68-63, in the Sweet 16.
Two years ago, the Hoyas earned the fifth seed and played in Berkeley, Calif., defeating No. 12 Marist University before falling to the No. 4 Baylor University Bears who eventually advanced to the Final Four.
During the 1992-93 season Georgetown earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. It was Williams-Flournoy's first season as an assistant coach with the Hoyas. Georgetown fell in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament, but advanced to the Sweet 16 finishing the season with a record of 23-7.
Georgia Tech is looking to get past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in history.
The Yellow Jackets will look to build upon the momentum they earned in the ACC Tournament, where Tech advanced to its second ACC Championship game in school history. Tech enters the game having won eight of its last nine games with a mark of 25-8 overall.
Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets is sophomore guard Tyaunna Marshall, who averages 14.9 ppg and 6.2 rpg. She is joined by senior Sasha Goodlet in double figures as the center is averaging 14.7 ppg and a team-best 7.6 rpg.
The Hoyas are 1-0 all-time against Georgia Tech. The lone meeting came on November 25, 2010 at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Georgetown trailed by one at the break, but Monica McNutt came alive in the second half scoring 17 of her 24 points. The Hoyas led by four with seven minutes remaining when McNutt took over. The senior shooting guard scored 11-consecutive points including three treys to stage an 11-4 run on her own. GU won, 67-58. It marked Williams-Flournoy's 100th win.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins on the call and Stephanie White doing color. It will also be available online on ESPN3.
The winner of the Georgia Tech-Georgetown game will play the winner of the No. 1 Baylor/No. 9 Florida game on Saturday.