Sunday, March 4, 2012

Women’s ACC Tournament Semi-Finals

MARYLAND 73, WAKE FOREST 58 -- The third-seeded Maryland Terrapins held off the seventh-seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 73-58, Saturday afternoon in the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals and will play fourth-seeded Georgia Tech for the conference championship Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Four players scored in double figures for Maryland, which will play in the title game for the first time since 2009.

Alyssa Thomas led the Terps with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The bigger, stronger Terrapins eventually wore down the scrappy but undersized Demon Deacons, who were playing for the third consecutive day. 

A day after shooting 46 percent in a victory over second-seeded Miami, Wake Forest shot just 30 percent on Saturday. Chelsea Douglas (14 points) and Lakevia Boykin (11 points) led the Deacs in scoring, but the guards were a combined 10 of 39 from the field.

Wake Forest's bid to advance to its first ACC women's basketball championship game fell short as the Demon Deacons dropped to 19-13 on the season. The sixth-ranked Terrapins improved to 27-4 with the victory.

SASHA GOODLETT (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)
GEORGIA TECH 87, N.C. STATE 61 -- The fourth-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (24-7) advanced to the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament finals for the first time in 20 years and the second time ever.
The Yellow Jackets dominated from the beginning, shooting 69 percent from the field in the first half to lead 50-32 at intermission. They did not let up. The Jackets shot 53 percent for the game and out-rebounded the Wolfpack, 53-28, as they extended their winning streak to seven games.

Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds for #15 Georgia Tech. Senior Sasha Goodlett recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Eleven of the 13 Georgia Tech players who saw action made at least one field goal as the Yellow Jacket bench scored 32 points.

Sophomores Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (13 points) and Kody Burke (12 points) and junior Marissa Kastanek (10 points) led the Wolfpack, who shot just 31 percent from the field and dropped to 18-15 on the year.

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