The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (19-10, 9-7 ACC) closed out the regular season with an, 84-74, win against Boston College (12-18, 3-13 ACC), finishing with two straight wins to end the season.
The Jackets needed to find their rhythm again in those final two games after dropping two straight games to #2 Notre Dame and #8 Maryland.
Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph knew that the win against Boston College was going to be as tough as it was needed.
“We had to gut that one out,” Joseph told RamblinWreck.com. “It was a very emotional game. Also, any game you play without your point guard with a quick turnaround is tough. Thursday night we lost Sydney Wallace to an injury. To turn around and play a game without our starting point guard, especially against a zone and you don’t have one of your best 3-point shooters, I thought our players did a great job of persevering.”
The question now becomes, will the Yellow Jackets have to win the ACC Tournament–which begins on March 5 in Greensboro, N.C.–or have they put together a resume good enough to get them an invite to the NCAA Tournament no matter what happens in the conference tourney.
The 9-7 mark in the ACC placed the Jackets 7th in the conference to finish the regular season. Despite posting 19 wins, the Yellow Jackets did not finish the season ranked in the AP Top 25 (21 wins is the lowest number of any ranked team this year), but Tech did play an extremely tough schedule.
Five of the nation’s top 25 teams are in the ACC (Notre Dame, Duke Maryland, NC State and North Carolina), and Georgia Tech played every one of them, beating only North Carolina. The Lady Jackets also played #6 Tennessee, #18 Oklahoma State, and Georgia, who just recently dropped out of the rankings, losing close contests to all three.
Honestly, it shouldn’t even be a question of whether or not the Lady Jackets get an invite to the NCAA Tourney, in fact, I’d probably give them as high as a 9 or 10 seed in whichever bracket they end up playing. This is a team that can score in abundance, and can hang with any team in the nation.
I can think of nothing more fitting than for senior Tyaunna Marshall, who is now Georgia Tech’s all-time leading scorer, to finish out her incredible career with a great run in the NCAA Tournament. At her side will be freshman star Kaela Davis, who finished just shy of breaking the NCAA freshman scoring record this season.
First up, however, is the ACC Tourney, which the Yellow Jackets stand a better than average chance of winning. Tech gets a bye on the first day of action, and will play the winner of the Virginia-Boston College game on Thursday, March 6.
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