Jan 5, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach MaChelle Joseph (center) instructs her team against the Duke Blue Devils in the first half at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Women's Hoops On a Roll, Big Games Loom Ahead

In case you haven’t noticed, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (16-8, 6-5 ACC) is hitting their stride (as I predicted they would) and have now won three straight ACC games, including an upset of the No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Their latest victory, a 89-87 over the Miami Hurricanes, came on the road and was their second victory by less than a four-point margin.

Those tight, hard-fought games that the Lady Jackets were finding ways of losing, are now showing up in the win column.

The win puts Tech into a tie for sixth place in the ACC with the Syracuse Orange–which isn’t too shabby considering the top five teams in the conference are all nationally ranked–and can have them in good position to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid, given the upcoming schedule.

This is the time for head coach MaChelle Joseph‘s team to start putting their stamp on a pass to the Big Dance. They return home to take on the 10-14 Virginia Cavaliers (Note: This game is on Thursday at 7 p.m. and is the Play for Kay game. All fans that wear pink will receive $2 admission to the game.), which should be a winnable game, before hitting the road to take on the #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. If the Lady Jackets can pull off the upset against the Irish, they are as good as in the NCAA tourney.

But even if Tech falters against Notre Dame, the following game is back on the friendly hardwood of McCamish Pavilion against the #10 Maryland Terrapins. So the table is set for the Lady Jackets to make a big jump into the rankings and to punch their ticket to the dance.

The Yellow Jackets’ leader, senior Tyaunna Marshall, has now moved into 23rd on the ACC’s all-time career points list, passing NC State’s Trudi Lacey after her 24 points against the ‘Canes. Marshall now has 1,980 points, putting her just 20 points shy of becoming the first Jacket to score 2,000 career points.

It’s Marshall’s cool leadership, along with sensational freshman Kaela Davis, who can catapult the Lady Jackets into the elite of not only the ACC, but in the nation as well.

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