The Women’s Yellow Jackets will look toward a tough 4-game stretch starting with Virginia Tech this Thursday after coming off a 2-game ACC win streak.
The Georgia Tech Women’s basketball team is fresh off of a 2-game win streak this month and are looking to keep themselves in the NCAA Tournament conversation looking ahead. The road will not be easy, although, as the Jackets will face three nationally ranked top-25 teams in a 4-game span.
The Jackets will start with the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday in Blacksburg. The Hokies have an overall record of (17-6) and are also in consideration for the NCAA tournament. Both the Yellow Jackets and Hokies are in very similar situations in the eyes of the committee. The Jackets have a (7-6) ACC record and the Hokies have a (7-5) ACC record. This game is very important for both programs as the end of the regular season is drawing very close to an end.
The next three and final opponents remaining on the schedule for the Yellow Jackets are top-25 teams: at NC State (#4), vs Louisville (#9), and vs Florida State (#14). It’s clear that none of these matchups will be easy, but the Yellow Jackets have competed in every game this season and have already beaten Florida State once, handing them one of their only four losses earlier in January. Since two of these matchups are at home, the home crowd will be looked toward to give the Yellow Jackets a “6th man” advantage.
In the eyes of the NCAA tournament committee, the Jackets have a few key victories and losses to potentially get them in as a ‘bubble’ team. The Jackets already have two wins over top-25 ACC opponents (FSU and Miami) and five impressive non conference wins over rival Georgia, Rice, Wisconsin, Seton Hall, and Houston. Those five teams have a combined record of (67-51) this season with Seton Hall boasting a (15-9) record out of the Big East conference and the Rice Owls tallying a (16-6) overall record and (11-0) in C-USA play. The Owls are also on an 11-game win streak with their last loss coming to the hands of the Yellow Jackets.
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These next four games will not come easy, but the Yellow Jackets have shown relentless effort all season under first year head coach Nell Fortner. The Yellow Jackets have not lost a game by more than 12 points this season with their worst deficit losses coming against #11-ranked Texas A&M in December and the Duke Blue Devils in late January. We will be looking forward to some very tough, competitive matchups in these last four games before the ACC tournament goes underway on March 4.