Georgetown, Ga. Tech set for battle
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | With those pesky double-digit seeds out of the way, Georgetown and Georgia Tech look ready to go to war Tuesday in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.
The No. 5 seed Hoyas (23-8) and the No. 4 seed Yellow Jackets (25-8) will tip off at 7:15 p.m. at Carmichael Arena for a chance to go to the Sweet 16 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Terri Williams-flournoy’s Hoyas, who dispatched No. 12 seed Fresno State 61-56 on Sunday in the first round, are looking for their second straight trip to a regional and third in school history.
And that’s a place where Machelle Joseph’s Yellow Jackets — who are having their best season — have never been. Tech crushed No. 13 seed Sacred Heart 76-50 Sunday’s second first-round game on ACC rival North Carolina’s home court.
Tuesday’s combatants have met just once, that coming last season when the Hoyas beat Georgia Tech 67-58 in the Virgin Islands for Williams-flournoy’s 100th career win.
“We don’t really look at favorites,” Williams- Flournoy said. “As you know, last year President Obama picked us to lose to Princeton in the first round, so we don’t really look at that.”
Both programs are generally as high as they’ve ever been, as Georgetown had just three 20-win seasons in school history before the current run of four. Georgia Tech also had only three 20win seasons before the current streak of six.
“It’s very interesting because we’re virtually the same teams [as last season],” said Joseph, whose team made it GEORGETOWN VS. GA. TECH Today: TV: to the final of the ACC tournament and is the lowest-seeded of the conference’s four teams in the NCAA field. “We did look at the film last night of our game with them in the Virgin Islands. It was early in the year, and we hadn’t faced a lot of 1-2-2 half-court trap at that point. This year we’ve seen a lot of it.
“They remind me a lot of North Carolina. . . . The only difference is Carolina doesn’t have a Sugar Rodgers.”
It’s going to be a battle of veteran teams, as the Hoyas have seven seniors and the Yellow Jackets six.
While 5-foot-11 junior Rodgers (18.7) is the Hoyas’ go-to player, Georgia Tech’s offensive strength is in the inside-outside combination of space-occupying 65 center Sasha Goodlett (14.7, 7.6 rebounds) and 5-9 shooting guard Tyaunna Marshall (14.9, 6.2).
Rodgers scored 11 points in the Hoyas’ win over the Bulldogs on Sunday, and Marshall had a season-low two for the Jackets as freshman guard Sydney Wallace was pouring in 28.
North Carolina sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall was a second-team ALL-ACC selection. On the play above, he fell awkwardly after getting fouled and broke his right wrist. His status for the Tar Heels’ Sweet 16 matchup with Ohio is in doubt.