Ge­orge­town, Ga. Tech set for bat­tle

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BYMIKE POT­TER

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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