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Jackets hold off Terps, advance to ACC semifinals

Posted by on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s the opener of Day Two of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and once again Coach MaChelle Joseph is hearing thousands of screaming youngsters.

Georgia Tech center Sasha Goodlett
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  • Georgia Tech center Sasha Goodlett
Georgia Tech is in the 11 a.m. game for the second straight day, but after the romp over last-place Virginia Tech on Thursday the Yellow Jackets are likely in for a barnburner.

The opponent for the No. 5 seed Yellow Jackets (22-9) is No. 4 seed Maryland (23-6), which is ranked No. 13 nationally and beat the visiting Yellow Jackets 56-53 on Feb. 3.

This time Tech gets revenge, scoring a mild upset in a 70-64 victory.

The Jackets lead by as many as nine points in the first half, going up 28-19 on a pair of Alex Montgomery free throws before a long Maryland run that spans intermission.

The Terps go up 29-28 at halftime on a pair of free throws from Alicia DeVaughn, then up by as many as 11 at 41-30 on a 3-pointer from Kim Rodgers.

But Tech recovers, taking the lead for good at 49-47 on a Sasha Goodlett jumper with 9:54 left.

The Jackets’ biggest lead down the stretch is nine, on a Montgomery 3-pointer that makes it 64-55 with 2:27 to go.
Maryland cuts it to 64-62 on two Lynetta Kizer free throws at 1:17, but can make it no closer.

Junior center Goodlett leads Tech with 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Montgomery’s 17 points, 16 from Tyaunna Marshall and 14 from Metra Walthour. Deja Foster had 10 rebounds.

Rodgers leads Maryland with 13 points while Alyssa Thomas adds 12.

Tech outrebounded the Terps 36-27. Maryland hit 45.1 percent from the floor to 43.1 for the winners, who committed 25 turnovers to the Terps’ 23.

They said it …

Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph: “I’m very proud of my team, but I want to give Maryland a lot of credit. I thought they played extremely hard on both ends, and are obviously one of the best rebounding teams in the country. For us to outrebound them, that just says a lot about the heart and hustle of this team. I was really pleased with the way we came out and jumped on them in the second half. They got a nine-oint lead and we came back.”

Maryland coach Brenda Frese: “I thought we got beat today by a better team. Georgia Tech did a tremendous job dictating the tempo they wanted. Their pressure defense gave us problems. I thought they did a phenomenal job on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball. … It’s an opportunity to go back and improve and get ready for the NCAA Tournament.”

Goodlett: “This is one of the most emotional and one of the best games of my career — not because of points or rebounds, just because of who I have leading me. No matter what happened throughout this year, the seniors had faith in me.”

Montgomery: “Coach Joseph told me to keep shooting, keep shooting. She needed me to step up for my team, and that’s what I did. Every open shot I got, I shot.”

Stars of the game
1. Goodlett.
2. Montgomery.
3. Marshall.

Play of the game

Montgomery’s 3-pointer that makes it 64-55.

Series record
Maryland leads 43-18.

GT: Won 2.
UM: Lost 1.

Up next
Georgia Tech vs. Duke, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Maryland in NCAA Tournament (home), March 21

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