On Tech’s women’s basketball

Good morning, all-

Hope you are well. Some plaudits are due Tech’s women’s basketball team, which Monday night earned its third consecutive NCAA tournament bid. It’s the first time in school history the team has done that. In fact, the Jackets had only made one NCAA tournament prior to coach MaChelle Joseph becoming head coach in 2003.
The story in today’s paper was written by Peter Cox.
If you’re wondering why Georgia can be a No. 11 seed and play a virtual home game at the Gwinnett Arena while Tech earned a No. 9 seed and has to go out to play to Iowa City to play Iowa on its home court, here’s why.
There are 16 sites for first- and second-round games, the arena in Duluth being one of them. Georgia is the host school for the games in Gwinnett. The NCAA’s policy, as was explained to me by Tech’s women’s basketball publicist, Dan Goldberger, is that if a host school makes the tournament, it automatically gets sent there.
The women’s tournament is in a place where it needs fans and will create situations that don’t seem very fair for the higher-seeded teams. There are a handful of other situations like that. For instance, if No. 8 seed Iowa beats Tech this coming Sunday, it would likely play No. 1 seed Oklahoma on its home court.
So the only way that Tech could have played there would have been if Georgia hadn’t made the tournament, and even then it wouldn’t have been a sure thing.
If you’re wondering, Iowa tied for second in the Big Ten and is a senior-heavy team. Point guard Kristi Smith has been named first-team all-Big Ten two years in a row. As such, the most important matchup for Tech will likely be Jacqua Williams, Tech’s point guard and its best defensive player.
“All season long, we’ve sort of gone as Jacqua Williams has gone,” assistant coach Teri Moren said. “As she plays, we play. When she wants to be, she can be one of the best defenders in the country.”
A year ago, Tech played Iowa in Iowa City and won 76-57. With Williams in the lineup, Smith scored five points with two assists and three turnovers.

I have to apologize for not doing the Q&A with Derrick Morgan as I said I would. I got busy doing ACC tournament stuff, and then Tech is on spring break this week. We will get to him when spring practice starts next Monday. If you’re wondering, the practices will be at 3:30 and open to the public. I imagine we’ll be writing a good bit off of the practices.
I have some ideas already about what we think we’ll write about. Who is challenging whom for spots, how is the passing game developing, who is getting reps on the defensive line.
Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to, or that you’d want us to check into?

Your thoughts on that, or the women’s team.

14 comments Add your comment

BobinBuford

March 17th, 2009
8:19 am

Personally, I think it stinks that the Lady Jackets, with a better record and a HIGHER seeding, get sent off to Iowa again and UGA, with a worse record and a LOWER seeding (and which Tech beat this year) gets to stay home. This is starting to sound like last year again – the Jackets had to go to Ames and play Iowa State in a game that was a sellout. I saw Coach Joseph at one of the caravan events last summer, and mentioned to her how bad it was that the team had to go to play in Ames last year, and she said that in order to play closer to home, they would have to win more games. Well, they did that, and they STILL have go to Iowa!!!

But then again, this is the NCAA – the Duke men’s team gets to play in Greensboro this weekend.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 17th, 2009
9:29 am

Hey it beats GOING TO CALIFORNIA.

MaChelle Joseph is HOT!!!

is she married?

I’d like to give her ALL OF MY LOVE.

GO LADY JACKETS!!!

Thanks for picking up Hewitts slack.

yellowblood

March 17th, 2009
10:02 am

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BLAZER

March 17th, 2009
10:27 am

AND NATURALLY THEY GET PUT IN A BRACKET TO HAVE TO PLAY A #1 SEED

IF THEY WIN–THAT IS THE BREAKS I GUESS-LOSS IN ACC TO CLEMSON HURT

REAL BAD. GO JACKETS!!

yellowblood

March 17th, 2009
10:48 am

The vast majority of us care nothing about women’s sports. Men’s sports on the other hand are quite a rush and the guys usually come to our Tickle Piles.

m

March 17th, 2009
11:03 am

You could write about how different things are on the flats with a REAL college football coach. Or you could probably write about finding 3 people that don’t like the practice uniforms.

Matt

March 17th, 2009
11:18 am

REALLY!!! WHO Cares about women’s college B Ball!? Any public High School male B Ball team would run any women’s pro team out of the gym.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 17th, 2009
11:40 am

Third consecutive NCAA tournament bid. Do you hear that Paul…and they don’t let 65 teams in either.

Atlanta Jackets

March 17th, 2009
1:26 pm

I must admit that these girls are some of the nicest athletes on campus. A few of our football players could learn a thing or two from them.

gtNC

March 17th, 2009
2:20 pm

Ken, thanks to you and Larry for all the good work. We know that the offense will (hopefully) evolve going into year 2. I’d be interested to hear if there will be a change in the defensive philosophy. We’ll be in year 2 with a new coaching staff, but also appear to be moving from a situation where the DL was a strength, to where the DBs and LBs could be a bright spot and I’m wondering if that will lead to a change in strategy.

yellowblood

March 17th, 2009
2:41 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!

Ken Sugiura

March 17th, 2009
5:13 pm

hey, bob- it does seem a little low for Tech. Virginia got a No. 5 seed, and Tech tied with Virginia in the ACC at 8-6. UVa’s overall record was 23-9 and Tech’s was 21-9, and Tech beat Virginia at the end of the season. Virginia did, however, win two games in the ACC tournament, while Tech got bounced by the last-placed team in the league (Clemson).

Matt – your argument is specious. By extension, you could ask why you’d watch men’s college basketball, considering that any NBDL team could run a college team off the floor. there are reasons to not like the women’s game – or the men’s game, for that matter – but the I’m not sure yours holds water.

And I’d agree with you, Atlanta Jacket. The members of the team I’ve spoken with have been gracious with their time.

lastly, good idea, gt. how the d-line plays will be something to follow into November.