Nov. 12, 2015
The Georgia Tech women's basketball team kicks off the 2015-16 on Friday at McCamish Pavilion against Loyola Chicago at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Due to the doubleheader with the men's team, fans will have to pay for parking for the game against Loyola Chicago. All parking will be $15 and the lots will open at 4 p.m. Upper Peters Deck and Klaus Deck will be available for women's basketball fans to park in. Single game handicap parking will be available along Fowler Street betweet 6th and 8th street. Fans that have men's basketball season parking will be allowed to use their men's parking passes.
1. Georgia Tech opens up the 2015-16 season by hosting Loyola Chicago on Friday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This will be only the second meeting in series history between the two schools. Tech won the first meeting last year in Chicago, 92-57.
2. Georgia Tech is 30-11 all-time on opening day and 11-1 in season openers under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The Yellow Jackets are 23-5 since 1978-79 when opening up the season at home.
3. The 2015-16 season marks the 13th under the direction of head coach MaChelle Joseph and the 42nd season of Georgia Tech women’s basketball. The Yellow Jackets return eight letterwinners and four starters from last year’s squad that went 19-15 overall, 7-9 in the ACC and made it to the second round of the WNIT. Coach Joseph welcomes five freshmen and two transfers to this year’s team.
4. Joseph became the all-time winningest coach in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history last year and has a career record of 232-149 and the highest winning percentage in Yellow Jacket history at 60.9 percent.
5. Georgia Tech will be led this season by rising seniors Roddreka Rogers and Aaliyah Whiteside who both had outstanding junior campaigns. Rogers was a force on the boards last season, leading the Jackets with a 9.9 rebounds per game average and tallying 12 double-doubles. Whiteside moved into a starting role her third season for the Jackets, averaging 13.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game.
a win would...
- Make Tech 31-11 all-time on opening day
- Give Coach Joseph an 12-1 record for season openers and 9-1 in home openers
- Be the 233rd win of Coach Joseph’s career and her 382nd game at the helm of the Jackets putting her just 18 games away from hitting the 400 mark.
- Give Georgia Tech its 608th program win and put Georgia Tech at 608-575 overall over 40 years of women’s basketball
- Give Jackets a 2-0 series advantage against Loyola Chicago
Georgia Tech and Loyola Chicago both opened up the season aganist each other last year in Chicago, with Tech registering a 92-57 victory. Five Yellow Jackets scored in double-figures as Katarina Vuckovic led the Jackets on offense with 17 points. Roddreka Rogers pulled down a team-best 13 rebounds while Antonia Peresson dished out eight assists in her Jacket debut. Tech sank 11 3-point baskets in the win.
Georgia Tech is 30-11 (.732) all-time on opening day. This is the ninth time in the past 10 years that the Yellow Jackets have opened up the season at home - the lone time on the road during that span was last season when Tech traveled to Loyola Chicago. In head coach MaChelle Joseph’s 12 years, Tech is 11-1 in season openers, 8-1 in openers at home and 3-0 on the road. The Yellow Jackets are 23-5 since 1978-79 when opening the season at home, 5-3 when on the road and 2-0 at neutral sites.
Georgia Tech rolled to a 77-35 exhibition win against West Georgia on Nov. 2nd in its first outing of the 2015-16 season. Junior Katarina Vuckovic led the Jackets with 15 points while senior Roddreka Rogers registered a double-double with 16 rebounds and 10 points. Georgia Tech outscored the Wolves 42-2 and opened up the game on a 15-0 run.
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Between Tech’s six international players, 11 different languages are spoken. Check out who can speak what languages below:
Irene Gari (Olivia, Spain) - Catalan, English, Spanish
Antonia Peresson (Pordenone, Italy) - Italian, English, Spanish and French
Elo Edeferioka (Warri, Nigera) - English
Simina Avram (Brasov, Romania) - Romanian, French, English
Katarina Vuckovic (Smederevo, Serbia) - Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, English and German
Chelsea Guimaraes (Almada, Portugal) - Portuguese, English, Spanish, French
The Yellow Jackets host St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday is Kids Day so all children 18 and under receive free admission to the game.