Monday, March 5, 2012

Maryland Wins Women’s ACC Tournament

MARYLAND 68, GEORGIA TECH 65 -- ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 29 points and carried the Maryland Terrapins to victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Sunday afternoon in the Greensboro Coliseum. The win gave the Terrapins their first ACC Women’s Basketball Championship since 2009 and their league-leading 10th overall (tied with UNC).

Thomas ended up on the winning side of a championship-worthy battle that also featured Georgia Tech senior Sasha Goodlett and sophomore Tyaunna Marshall. Thomas scored 13 of Tech’s first 17 points and then 10 points in the final 10 minutes to lead her team to victory. 

THOMAS (Chuck Burton/AP)
She also blocked a Chelsea Regins layup that preserved Maryland’s 65-63 lead with 34 seconds remaining and made two free throws to give the third-seeded Terps a 67-63 advantage with 23 seconds to play. Marshall tallied a steal and two free throws in the final 12 seconds, but her 3-pointer to tie the game at the buzzer fell short.

“Alyssa is by far the most competitive player I’ve ever coached and I’ve coached a lot of great players,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “Her will to win – our team just wants to follow her lead, and she was sensational.”

Goodlett and Marshall carried fourth-seeded Georgia Tech to within three points of the victory. Marshall scored 12 of her team-high 25 points in the final eight minutes. Goodlett tallied 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds in the contest.

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