The Georgia Tech ladies’s basketball staff started its season Friday night time with an agonizing outcome, a 95-89 double-overtime loss at Houston.
It most probably didn’t dissuade trainer MaChelle Joseph from the optimism she expressed concerning the season previous to Friday’s sport. Joseph, in her 16th season training the Yellow Jackets, and in the hunt for to go back Tech to the NCAA Event for the primary time since 2014.
5 issues to grasp concerning the season forward.
Stocked freshman magnificence
The 2 stars of the freshman magnificence, guard Elizabeth Balogun and ahead Elizabeth Dixon, have made a rapid affect on Joseph. Each had been McDonald’s All-American citizens. They had been a part of a five-player magnificence that used to be ranked as top as 7th nationally.
“The sudden issues that I’ve noticed from Elizabeth Dixon and Elizabeth Balogun has been their consistency,” Joseph stated. “Typically if in case you have newbies, they’re very inconsistent. The object about the ones two that I’ve liked from day one is I’ve by no means needed to trainer effort. They arrive in on a daily basis. They’re fitness center rats. They paintings extraordinarily exhausting, they’re very centered. Either one of them have super talent to attain in several techniques and so they’re very professional for being newbies.”
Top expectancies for Pan
Ahead Francesca Pan, who led the Jackets in scoring final season at 14.Three features consistent with sport as a sophomore, will have to have much less scoring drive and defensive consideration with avid gamers comparable to Balogun and Dixon at the surface along with her. Joseph used to be inspired that during Tech’s first exhibition sport, 5 other avid gamers scored in double figures.
“It’s been a very long time since I’ve noticed that,” Joseph stated.
Joseph figures that Pan, who final season shot 38 % on two-points and 33 % from 3-point vary, generally is a extra environment friendly scorer and gained’t even must have performs run for her, as used to be the case final season.
“I don’t have to do this as a result of there’s such a lot higher spacing at the surface offensively and we play so much sooner than we’ve performed up to now,” Joseph stated.
Pan used to be certainly one of 20 avid gamers named to the watch checklist for the Cheryl Miller Award, given to the highest small ahead in Department I.
Of 13 non-conference video games, six are at house and the opposite seven are both neutral-site or at the street, together with Friday’s season opener at Houston. There’s 5 video games in opposition to groups rated within the most sensible 100 of the RPI from final season (and in addition 4 groups rated 300 or decrease).
“I believe probably the most issues once we put the agenda in combination used to be, we knew we had been going to have a tender staff however we knew we needed to get able for ACC play, and the one manner to do this is to play groups which might be going to problem you and exploit you and display you your weaknesses so what to handle to get well because the season progresses,” Joseph stated.
Tech performs its annual sport with Georgia at McCamish Pavilion on November 18. The Jackets open the house agenda Sunday in opposition to Appalachian State at 2 p.m.
Tech used to be picked to complete 10th within the ACC via its “blue ribbon” panel and 9th within the coaches ballot. The Jackets completed in a tie for 9th final season at 6-10 and 19-14 general. The Jackets gained two video games within the WNIT earlier than falling within the 3rd spherical to Alabama. Tech has neglected at the NCAA for the previous 4 seasons after Joseph had led the Jackets to seven berths in 8 seasons.
Joseph likes her staff, pronouncing that her beginning 5 and primary 3 off the bench are “as just right as any one. It’s only a subject of placing it in combination night time in and night time out.”
Joseph stated that her staff must do higher at the street, the place they had been 3-Nine final season and 3-Eight the 12 months prior. A large problem might be serving to a staff ruled via newbies and sophomores to realize the threshold important to win clear of house.
“We’ve were given to win at the street on this league to get into the NCAA Event,” she stated. “That’s one more reason why we’re enjoying such a lot of neutral-floor video games and away video games (within the non-conference) is, i need those guys to be weathered earlier than we get to ACC play and simply have the ones reviews early on.”
Joseph, whose groups have lengthy excelled at growing drive (the Jackets had been 23rd nationally in steals consistent with sport), sees a staff that may uphold that normal.
“We actually rise up and down the ground,” Joseph stated. “It strikes a chord in my memory of our Candy 16 staff (in 2012, Joseph’s absolute best staff) the place lets actually get out and get in passing lanes and lets press. For 40 mins, we will be able to actually get after other folks and I’ve by no means coached a gaggle of submit avid gamers that may run the ground at 6-4, 6-5, t he manner those women can run.”
Forwards Lorela Cubaj, who starred for Italy’s U-20 nationwide staff this summer season, and Anne Diouf, who redshirted final season, are amongst those that Joseph expects to deliver drive.
“We’ve were given some actually attention-grabbing items,” Joseph stated. “Once more, I believe it’s simply going to be a procedure.”