2014 Draft Watch: Grand Marshall
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It's off to the races for the rest of the women's college basketball season as records are starting to reflect who will be seeded where for the big tournament (and who won't be there at all). Georgia Tech was one of the teams that could have missed the NCAA tournament boat, but thanks to a season-changing performance from senior Tyaunna Marshall, the team is still in contention for a spot.
There's also much chatter about who will take the number one seed (besides Connecticut and Duke). There are 4 weeks left to play before the seeds are sewn. Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo discuss:
Tyaunna Marshall (Georgia Tech)
Tyaunna Marshall is a newcomer to espnW’s player of the week spotlight, but that doesn’t mean her season has gone unnoticed. The Georgia Tech senior is averaging a solid 20 points per game with 7 rebounds and 3 assists to boot. Although the odds didn't look too great for Georgia Tech going into two weeks ago, Marshall kept up her efforts throughout. But what could have been a dismal outlook for Georgia Tech for the second year in a row started to look a little brighter when Marshall, now Georgia Tech’s all-time leading scorer, lit up the court to put away No. 11 North Carolina.
Marshall put up 32 points, grabbed 8 rebounds with 5 assists and 3 steals. The Yellow Jackets took down the Tar Heels 94-91. To top it all off, the last two points of the incredibly close game were two free throws from Marshall with 4.2 seconds left to go. They officially sealed North Carolina's fate and Marshall's place in Georgia Tech history, bumping her up to the all-time leading scored for the Yellow Jackets.
Marshall was also recently named one of the 30 contenders for the Naismith Women’s College Player of The Year award.
Bria Hartley (UConn)UConn is unsurprisingly still going strong at this point in the season. The Huskies are still putting teams to shame with huge wins by large margins. This past week they breezed by unranked South Florida with a 63-38 W. The spotlight fell on Bria Hartley, though, who had 18 points to lead the Huskies. Followed by another star senior Stefanie Dolson who put up 15. Hartley is now averaging 15 points per game.
Other notable seniors:
Kendra Suttles led Oklahoma State to a 73-57 win over Oklahoma with 13 points.
Tricia Liston and Duke rolled past Alyssa Thomas's Maryland 84-63.
This week Odyssey Sims threw down yet another 30+ point game with 34 points to fend off Texas.
Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) – 18 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 apg
Jordan Hooper (Nebraska) – 19 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg
Stefanie Dolson (UConn) – 12 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apg
Maggie Lucas (Penn State) – 21 ppg, 4 rpg, 1 apg
Chelsea Douglas (Wake Forest) – 18 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg
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