Sunday, March 20, 2011

Three ACC Teams Advance In First Round of Women’s NCAA Tournament

Sasha Goodlett
GEORGIA TECH 69, Bowling Green 58 – Sasha Goodlett took scored 19 points, and the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets used their relentless pressure to force 25 turnovers in beating Bowling Green Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Falcons (28-5) had never seen anything like Georgia Tech's swarming, trapping defense blanketing all 94 feet of the court. Bowling Green came in making more than eight 3-pointers a game. But it didn't make any until trailing by 15 points and finished only 2 of 6 behind the arc.

The 25 turnovers were the most by the Falcons, winners of the Mid-American Conference tournament, in a game all season. But it was nothing new for Georgia Tech, which has forced as many as 35 this year.

The Jackets' pressure-cooker of a press started paying dividends at the start of the second half. The Falcons had an over-and-back call just 3 seconds in, part of six turnovers on their first nine possessions.

DUKE 90, UT Martin 45 – Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points to help Duke beat Tennessee-Martin 90-45 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Freshmen Chelsea Gray and Haley Peters each added 11 for the Blue Devils (30-3), the No. 2 seed in the Philadelphia Regional. Duke won its seventh straight overall and 24th straight game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the home court where the Blue Devils are opening the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.

It also marked the 18th straight year Duke has won its tournament opener, sending the Blue Devils to face 10th-seeded Marist in the second round Monday night.

Italee Lucas
Facing a young and undersized team in its first NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils led 41-31 at the break and ran off nine straight points to open the second half and blow the game open against the 15th-seeded Skyhawks (21-11).

NORTH CAROLINA 82, Fresno State 68 – Italee Lucas scored 22 points and countered the nation's top three-point shooting team with four three-pointers of her own as No. 14 North Carolina outlasted Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday.

In all, the Bulldogs fired up 50 3-pointers, a record at The Pit, and they sank 14 of them for a 28 percent clip, a little below their season average of 34.2 percent. They only hit seven 2-point baskets.

Chay Shegog added 12 points for the Tar Heels and Jessica Breland finished with 10 points in limited minutes. Hayley Munro led Fresno State with 15 points and Ross and Rosie Moult each scored 14.

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