Tech women to meet undefeated Baylor in sweet 16

On May 19, 2003, MaChelle Joseph was promoted to head coach of the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team with grand aspirations for a team that had made two NCAA tournament appearances in school history.

“We have everything it takes to be a national power in women’s basketball,” Joseph said. “We’re obviously at the beginning stages, but we have the vision to get there, and we have all the resources.”

It has taken nine years, but Joseph provided the most credible affirmation of her plans Tuesday night. In Chapel Hill, N.C., the No. 4 seed Jackets administered a 76-64 lashing of No. 5 Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament to reach their first-ever regional semifinal. Tech had earned NCAA bids in each of the past five seasons but had fallen short each time.

The Jackets won in typical Joseph fashion, pushing the tempo with pressure defense that netted them seven steals and forced 15 turnovers.

Tech took the lead with 5:48 to play in the first half on a jumper by center Sasha Goodlett and never trailed again. The Jackets’ lead in the second half was never less than eight points.

“Ever since we came in, we wanted to do something special. We wanted to leave our mark on this program,” said Goodlett, part of a five-member senior class that has now won a school-record 95 games in four years. “We came in thinking, `We have to make it to the Sweet 16. We have to take this program somewhere it’s never been.’ We don’t have any excuses.”

Freshman sub Sydney Wallace led the Jackets for the second game in a row with 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Wallace mashed Sacred Heart in the first round with 28 points, including 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Wallace sank 26 3-pointers in her first 31 games; she has 11 in the past two.

Tech will play undefeated and top-seeded Baylor Saturday in the Des Moines, Iowa, regional semifinal. Baylor is led by post player Brittney Griner, the favorite for national player of the year who Tuesday night became the second player to dunk in a women’s tournament game in the Bears’ 76-57 win over Florida. The 6-foot-8 Griner has leveled everything in her path, averaging 23.1 points per game (on 61.3 percent shooting) with 9.2 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game. The Bears have won all but four of their games by double digits.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

54 comments Add your comment

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:31 pm

Waiting for my computer to finish wheel-turning…..OH, I’m FIRST!!!

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:31 pm

Do I win a washer-dryer…or something????

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

Actually, this guy, Sugiura is a real good writer. I read and respect his Tech posts regularly.

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

But really, who gives a rats you-know-what about women’s basketball?? I mean besides the family ???

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:36 pm

That’s why I’m first. Thank the h..e…double hockey sticks out of you Title IX,

5150 UOAD

March 20th, 2012
11:37 pm

Tuned In….The Baylor girl Dunked in the game tonight. The Lady jackets are fun to watch.

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:41 pm

For all you public school (government school ) grads….Title IX is what forces the football team to support the women’s field hockey team and bb team(scholarships, et.al.) to the DETRIMENT of the football and men’s basketball teams.

5150 UOAD

March 20th, 2012
11:41 pm

It was GREAT to watch #23 for Tech tear it up on the floor that #23 His Airness Jordan rose to Fame on.

5150 UOAD

March 20th, 2012
11:42 pm

will Title IX for the mutts to make the new Uga IX a bit.h too. LOL

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

Do you think she can enter the dunk contest at the all star game ??? How exciting.

Jacket 86

March 20th, 2012
11:44 pm

Congrats to the Jackets – a fantastic accomplishment. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you beat Baylor? One possession at a time. It’s a long shot but we’re as capable as anyone to pull off the upset. Go Jackets!

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:44 pm

# 23 similarities??? You’re delusional.

5150 UOAD

March 20th, 2012
11:52 pm

You didn’t watch the game then. She has hitting her shots and wanting the ball. You know you don’t have enough game to play any of the women on the floor on any Sweet 16 team.

5150 UOAD

March 20th, 2012
11:53 pm

Tuned In are you just a woman hating Shim or something?

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:55 pm

I don’t have a game at all. I’m just complaining that the federal government forces the men’s athletic teams to support the women’s teams…. who really and truly, can’t support themselves and really (almost)noone cares about…except the family….and you.

Tuned In

March 20th, 2012
11:58 pm

God bless # 23 or whomever it is. I love girls. I love women’s tennis more than any spectator sport….for obvious red-blooded male as well as athletic reasons. But I don’t think the feds should tell Tech to subjugate the football team ….I’m tired and don’t want to talk anymore. Have a nice life.

5150 UOAD

March 21st, 2012
12:01 am

The federal government forces me to pay school taxes too and I don’t have any kids. I didn’t go to public school after 5th grade. My 2 sisters, niece, and 2 nephews have never stepped foot in a public school. Women deserve the same opportunity to have athletic scholarships as men. You must not have daughters and I guess you are not married since you seem to really hate women. That can’t be fun.

Tuned In

March 21st, 2012
12:13 am

5150..think….where does the money to pay for the scholarships for the women bb team come from? At whose expense??? The walk-on who busts his butt for the football team. And from the tailback who got his scholarship pulled when he tore a cartiledge and couldn’t run anymore. Gotta fund the girls field hockey team. Equal money for the sexes, ya know. So says Title IX.

Grow up dude. Get your head out of the liberal prof’s azz.

5150 UOAD

March 21st, 2012
12:19 am

you are full of it. you need go pull your head out. you are too stupid to live with that attitude. I am far from liberal. Do you pay into the scholarship fund? I have a funny feeling you don’t pay more than you have to IF you even buy season tickets. What TECH football or basketball player do you know that had a schooly pulled for an injury. You are just crazy.

Tuned In

March 21st, 2012
12:23 am

I repeat…twice…. You’re delusional. and I don’t want to talk anymore……..

and…………..This guy Sugiura is a good writer…and HAVE A NICE LIFE….AND I MEAN IT!!!!

Tech fan

March 21st, 2012
12:29 am

Go tech!!! Ignore the trolls people.

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 21st, 2012
12:42 am

Great game, Lady Jackets. You can beat Baylor. ” GO JACKETS “

LOUIELOUIE TIME

March 21st, 2012
1:46 am

wreckettes took it to the house especially the freshman Wallace..so what bracket is the lady dog poops playing in? oh yeah, that’s right they’re not…

GOJackets!

March 21st, 2012
1:50 am

GO JACKETS!!!

High School

March 21st, 2012
6:21 am

$170,000,000 gets you a women’s final four appearance. Well done.

Only a tech fan could think that ken s. writes a good blog. Then again, many of you think that radakovich is a good AD.

Biff Pocoroba

March 21st, 2012
6:27 am

Can MaChelle coach baseball too? The baseball team looked like they had never practiced before last night’s game. Hall’s teams can’t play defense or run the bases and are very poor fundamentally. This year’s team won’t even make the tournament but Hall was already given a contract extension anyway. Nice job DRad.

TVFan

March 21st, 2012
6:36 am

Very good game by the team last night. Saturday will be interesting. Baylor will be a very tough game. Griner will be hard to stop. If Tech can pull off the upset, watch out.

Buzz 2011

March 21st, 2012
6:44 am

Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buzz 2011

March 21st, 2012
6:49 am

@High School….It would have been in your best interest to have went to High School
in yur lifetime, You couldn’t even get into Dawg High in Athens without” High School”
Jackets to the final four,,

lakers43492

March 21st, 2012
7:39 am

I would like to see an upset but i don’t think its gonna happen!

TX Jacket

March 21st, 2012
8:00 am

Well done Lady Jackets! As was said earlier, take it one possession at a time, keep it close, and hopefully get a shot at the upset late. Thankfully CMJ was given the time to get the players and system in place to become consistantly good.

vchan

March 21st, 2012
8:49 am

It always amazes me that on every womens bball post you get a clown like Tuned In to ask “who cares”? If you don’t care why are you here?. Could you put in the work these ladies do on a daily basis? For the real basketball fans, Tech has to pressure Odyssey and the rest of Baylor’s guards. If you cut off the head, the body will follow. Griner is a force, but if she can’t get the ball, she can’s score. Way to go Sydney Wallace!

juvenal

March 21st, 2012
8:54 am

Enter your comments here

collegeballfan

March 21st, 2012
9:01 am

I enjoy the women’s game. Always have.

Beating Baylor will be next to impossible. But Joseph’s girls will show up and play.

Plus the best recruiting class ever is coming in next fall.

Frontman

March 21st, 2012
9:02 am

Unbelievably enlightening, juvenal…

Crazy Robert

March 21st, 2012
9:04 am

I think Danny Hall needs a ten year extension. [sic] I hope Baylor is able to to go home early, knowing what it is to lose to the LADY JACKETS!!!

Jackets 2012

March 21st, 2012
9:06 am

Women’s run looking similar to men’s best effort in 2005.
Now that Hewitt is gone, how about rewriting our history by, as is done for many retired coaches, leaving out the bad.
How smart is it to knock Hewitt, who regardless of his faults, achieved the high water mark for Tech basketball?
If all the other Tech basketball coaches were so great, why is that the case with so few final 4 appearances from them?
We have three final four appearances in our history I think and one final two.
Had Duke beaten Connecticutt, we would have stayed the Cinderella team (getting all the calls) and won the NC.
South not allowed to beat the east.
Braves/Yankees another example of this.

BobinBuford

March 21st, 2012
9:27 am

2012:

The problem with Hewitt was not 2005 – it was the constant UNDERACHIEVING of his teams after that that caused his firing. Having top recruiting classes, but doing nothing with them.

Bill

March 21st, 2012
9:42 am

Great job Coach and what a good Team. Keep up the good job on the Bears and never give up!

Bill

March 21st, 2012
9:45 am

Tuned in is really Tuned Out! What a idiot!

Paul in NH

March 21st, 2012
10:00 am

Who knew that womens’s sports are the only ones that are supported by the money coming in from the football program? I didn’t realize men’s cross country, track and field, swimming and diving, etc. were such big money makers.

tuned in you are

March 21st, 2012
10:32 am

late for your scheduled transvaginal probe.

i suspect your a typical ditto head who secretly enjoys watching porn on the internet and then publicly chastising those that do, you probably support poll taxes and separation in public places.

your the guy who has never really dated a hot women but had to pay for it like rush, matter of fact with your attitude i would guess you have never even been on a date.

way to go jackettes we are pulling for you…. all but tuned in of course.

AGTFan53

March 21st, 2012
10:40 am

I keep thinking that Machelle is the kind of coach we’d like to have in all sports. She’s always a class act. Comparing where the program was when she took over to where it is now shows a remarkable job. Coach Gregory doesn’t have as difficult a road as I foresaw for Machelle. It used to be that when you thought of womens sports in the State of georgia, the only things you thought of were UGA Lady Bulldogs and Lady Gym Dogs. Now you have to consider GT to be a top tier location for women’s sports. Machelle deserves a lot of that credit as does the entire atthletics department.

“Tuned In” is really short for “Tuned into Rush”. He should stay on right wing talk radio and stay off of sports blogs.

hey 2012

March 21st, 2012
10:44 am

i would not call ONE final 4 a high water mark by any stretch of the imagination. phewitt was and is a nit wit of epic proportions. even a blind pig has the chance of finding an acorn.

some say he was a nice guy even if he was a crappy coach. NO…. he was a guy who made 30 million off gt while sitting on his phat ass for the last 6 years of his stay. he put us on probation. we were finishing last or near last with regularity. his players werent graduating . he brought in trouble makers.

if he was a nice guy and really appreciated the break that gt gave (see leaving with class ie bobby cremins) him he would have retired or left on his own, instead he nearly took the entire program down with him,. that is not a nice guy in my book. he is what we will get if we put romney in office.

phewitt is a coach of bill lewis proportions..

Supersize that order, mutt

March 21st, 2012
10:48 am

I’m not a big fan of women’s basketball either, but I totally disagree with Tuned In. I only got to watch portions of the game last night, but I have watched the last several that have been on the tube, and the Lady Jackets are definitely fun to watch. I hate that we have so many seniors graduating, but I hope we have some more either waiting to take over (like #23) and some hot recruits to continue the success they are having.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 21st, 2012
10:49 am

@ Jackets 2012, Tech only has 2 Final Four appearances, one under Cremins and one under Hewittt.

tell me i am wrong

March 21st, 2012
10:52 am

we are all in pretty much agreement that machelle is a great coach. some have praised her triangle and 2 d last nite.

last coach that played a triangle and two d at gt was bobby cremins. while he may not have been at the very pinnacle of coaching guru’s, in my book he was no where near a bad or below average coach in my book.

you just dont go to big dance like 14 years in a row missing just one year with out having the talent for the x’s and o’s. . he won the acc early on at gt more than once. something that our last ‘genius’ never ever even got close to.

hashbrown dawg

March 21st, 2012
11:02 am

i listened to baylor’s star talk on a video last night and i am of the opinion that she isnt all female if you know what i mean.

i have heard other 6-8 women talk and they dont sound like men.

it would not surprise me if she is not packing more than just 2 ovaries.

speaking of packing….. how are those hashbrown packing dawgettes doing? lmao.

for all you dawg trolls…. these ‘hashbrowns’ are for YOU.

WOW

March 21st, 2012
11:48 am

hashbrown dawg… I’ve been thinking the same thing. Plus, the “adam apple” in the troat, the deep male voice…..the facial features don’t even look girlish. Something’s not right there.

909

March 21st, 2012
4:34 pm

A win by GT Lady Jackets over Baylor would be…EPIC.