Former Elizabeth Seton All-Met Tyaunna Marshall was one of the area’s most accomplished players by the time her senior season ended in the winter of 2010. She had just led the Roadrunners to WCAC and City titles, and she garnered Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points and 11 rebounds per game.
That type of large-scale success has translated over to her four-year college career at Georgia Tech, where Marshall will be remembered as one of the best players in school history. She is the all-time leading scorer, and the only Georgia Tech player to eclipse 2,000 points. She is the first player Yellow Jacket ever win first-team All-ACC honors twice, and she enters the postseason as a finalist for the Naismith Award given to the country’s best player.
But Marshall has also led her team back to NCAA Tournament for the first time in two years, which will mark her third and final dance when the 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets take on seventh-seeded LSU in Sunday’s first round in Baton Rouge.
“Last year was rough for us, but making it this year, my senior year is just unbelievable,” Marshall said. “We know how to play in the NCAA Tournament. It just feels good to be back in the NCAA Tournament. And obviously the draw that we get, playing LSU at their house, but our record this year on the road has been great.”
Georgia Tech (20-11) went 5-5 on the road this season (and 4-2 on neutral floors), but Marshall (19.6 points per game) understands that the postseason brings an entirely different atmosphere. She helped lead her team to its best finish in school history in 2012, as the Yellow Jackets advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins over Sacred Heart and Georgetown before falling to eventual national champion Baylor. Marshall’s freshman season, in which she played in all 35 games, Georgia Tech won its first game but lost in the second round.
The school was Marshall’s best offer when she was at Elizabeth Seton, she said, and she still keeps tabs on her high school periodically. “I’ll always follow them,” she said.
Marshall was invited to the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team trials last year, and she plans to pursue a career in the WNBA.
“I was just hoping to come in and work hard so I could get some minutes and play as a freshman,” Marshall said of her career at Georgia Tech. “My work ethic has brought me a long way, and that’s something that’s helped drive me each and every day to get better.”