Ga. Tech adds to record win streak
Notebook: Strong coaches 900th game; Delta St. dominates
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
Georgia Tech posted a big week with an upset victory over then-No. 8 North Carolina last Thursday in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets scored the final eight points of the game for a 71-70 victory and then extended their winning streak to a school-record 11 games with a 64-53 win at Clemson on Sunday. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall earned her fifth ACC Rookie of the Week honor behind averages of 17.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Marshall opened the week by talling a game-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Coming out of a timeout with just more than a minute to play, Marshall hit her second career 3-pointer--as the shot clock expired--to bring Georgia Tech within four points at 70-66. After Ga. Tech took the lead, she also grabbed the final defensive rebound to seal the victory after UNC’s Jessica Breland missed a jumper with two seconds to play.
In her first conference road game on Sunday at Clemson, Marshall scored four of Tech’s first 10 points before finishing with 10 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes on the court.
Need to Know
• In a showdown between two of the top teams in Division III, top-ranked Amherst College posted a dominating 85-63 win over then-No. 4 Williams College on Jan. 8. The Lord Jeffs remained undefeated by improving to 13-0, while Williams fell to 12-1.
• Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins recorded her 450th career victory on Wednesday night with an 80-73 double-overtime victory over North Florida. Watkins is in her 30th season with the Lady Camels.
• West Liberty (W.Va.) head coach Lynn Ullom recorded his 400th career victory with a 97-62 victory at Concord on Jan. 3.
• Ohio Valley University senior Kendra Benedict posted her 1,000th career point in her team’s victory over Ohio Dominican on Jan. 2. Benedict had 11 points in the 64-58 win and is the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
• Mike Strong, head coach at The University of Scranton, coached his 900th game for the Lady Royals on Sunday. His overall record is now 744-156 (.827) with Scranton’s 82-51 win. He his just 14 wins away from becoming the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history.
Oregon played its final games at historic McArthur Court (before moving to Matthew Knight Arena on Jan. 23) this past the weekend when the Ducks posted their first Pac-10 wins of the season as junior guard Nia Jackson averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game. … Delta State, the NCAA Division II leader in scoring defense, continues to hold down the top spot in the Division II top 25 poll with 22 first-place votes and a 13-0 record. The Lady Statesmen have won 57 consecutive games on their home court including Saturday’s 76-50 win over Southern Arkansas. … Top-ranked Amherst leads Division III in scoring margin, defeating its opponents by an average of 35.3 points per game.