ACCWBB in WNIT Second Round: Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech Advance in Home Games

ACCWBB in the Postseason

Georgia Tech women’s basketball hosts MTSU on Thursday in round of 16

THE FLATS – Antonia Peresson hit a pair of clutch three-pointers down the stretch as Georgia Tech advanced to the WNIT Round of 16 Sunday night for the first time since 2000 with a 63-51 victory over UCF. The Jackets outscored the Knights 21-9 in the final frame for the win. 

“I was just pleased with the fight we showed when UCF came back and took the lead in the fourth quarter,” stated head coach MaChelle Joseph. “I thought we showed a lot of fight and grit and toughness at the end of the game. We had some key people step up and make plays and get defensive rebounds. I thought Francesca Pan gutted it out and got some tough defensive rebounds and made some tough shots. But Antonia Peresson’s two threes were the separation.”

How It Happened
The teams worked through three lead changes in the first half as the Knights led the majority of the opening quarter, but a 14-2 Jacket run spanning both quarters put Tech in front 24-15 with 6:34 to play in the second frame and forced UCF to burn a timeout. The Knights came out of the break posting 10-2 spurt to come within one point. The differential would remain the same at the halftime break as the Knights answered Tech’s offensive efforts for a 31-30 Jacket lead at the break.

Tech came out strong from the intermission, posting a 9-3 run to claim a 40-34 advantage with 5:42 left in the frame. But UCF would use the final minutes of the quarter to leave the game tied entering the fourth stanza with an 8-2 spurt of their own. Tied at 42-42 entering the final 10 minutes of play, it remained a one point possession with the lead switching back-and-forth until Peresson drained a three-pointer in front of Tech’s bench at the 2:15 mark for a 53-49 Yellow Jacket lead. UCF cut it to two points at the free throw line before Peresson repeated with another triple with 1:29 to play to give Tech a 56-51 edge. Over the final two minutes of play, Tech would post a 13-2 run to seal the victory. 

Tech Tidbits
* Georgia Tech moved to 19-14 overall on the season with the win
* The Jackets improved to a 3-0 all-time series record over the Knights
* Francesca Pan led the Jackets with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including hitting four treys
* Kaylan Pugh posted her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds
* Imani Tilford rounded out the Jacket trio in double-figures with 11 points on the evening
* Tech finished 16-of-29 from the charity stripe to UCF’s 8-of-18 effort
* The Jackets hit seven three-pointers in the contest led by Pan with four – UCF hit just one three-pointer in the game

Four Hokies in double-digits

BLACKSBURG – Navy cut the lead down to four late in the final quarter, but the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team used a 9-2 run to close out the game, securing a 75-64 win over the Mids to advance in the 2017 WNIT.

Chanette Hicks had 18 points, seven assists and five steals to lead the Hokies (19-13). Samantha Hill chipped in 16 points and five boards while Sidney Cook had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Vanessa Panousis tallied 11 points and moved into eighth place on the Tech career-scoring list.

Tech got out to the lead early in the opening quarter and was up 20-10 just past the midway point. The Hokies used a 7-0 run that stretched into the second frame to go on top 27-15. Navy answered, outscoring the Hokies 9-2 to cut it down to 30-24 with 6:10 on the clock. Tech closed out the half with a 12-4 advantage, taking a 42-28 lead into the break.

A layup from Hill coming out of the break gave the Hokies their largest lead of the afternoon, up 16, but Navy used long-range shots to chip away at the Tech tally, cutting it to single-digits (41-41) with 4:26 to go in the frame. The Hokies used a 6-0 run to push it back to a 14-point lead, but the Mids closed out the quarter trailing 59-52 heading into the fourth.

Navy again looked to make a big run and closed it to a four-point game three times in the fourth quarter, but the Hokies answered each time to maintain the advantage. The Mids trailed by four with 3:44 to go, but Tech used a 9-2 run over the final minutes to secure the win.

Sarita Condie had 26 points and eight rebounds for Navy (24-10). Ashanti Kennedy tallied nine points while Laurel Jaunich added eight.

Virginia Tech connected on 48.9 percent from the field, including a 54.5 percent (12-22) clip from outside the arc. Navy shot 40 percent from the field and was 8-of-23 from long-range. Tech held a slight 29-28 advantage on the boards, but the Mids had 26 paint points to Tech’s 20. Both teams had 23 points off turnovers despite Navy winning that battle 22-17.

Cavaliers fall 61-55 at James Madison
HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Virginia women’s basketball team (20-13) had its season come to an end with a 61-55 loss at James Madison (26-8) on Sunday (March 19) in the second round of the 2017 Women’s National Invitation Tournament at JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.

            In a game with 15 lead changes and seven ties, the final momentum swing went in the favor of the Dukes who scored 10 points in the final 1:33 to close out the victory on their home court. 

            Senior guard Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) closed out her collegiate career with a 19-point game, going 7-of-10 from the field. Junior forward Lauren Moses (Mount Holly, N.J.) scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

            Two-time CAA Player of the Year Precious Hall scored 28 points, including hitting a three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining that put the Dukes in the lead. Hall was 7-of-22 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

            Virginia shot 40.8 percent (20-of-49) while the Dukes went 19-of-52 (36.5 percent). James Madison had a 38-32 edge in rebounding.

            The game opened with nine lead changes in the first six minutes. Mason started things off for the Cavaliers, scoring the team’s first six points on three consecutive makes. The Dukes were held scoreless for the final 4:09 of the quarter. A drive through the lane by Mason gave UVA a 15-14 advantage. Mason was fouled on a three-point attempt in the final two seconds of the period, making two of her attempts to give UVA a 17-14 edge.

            Hailee Barron tied things up by hitting a three-pointer 21 seconds into the second quarter. JMU would miss its next nine shots, with the Cavaliers building up a 24-19 lead after junior guard J’Kyra Brown (Rocky Mount, N.C.) drilled a three-pointer from the wing. JMU’s offense ignited in the final three minutes of the period, outscoring UVA 11-2 down the stretch to take a 30-26 lead into the break.

            Virginia tied up the game, 34-34, in the third quarter on an and-one from Moses, but a three-pointer from Logan Reynolds put the Dukes back in the lead. Mason started a 6-0 UVA run to close out the period by converting an and-one. Freshman guard Dominique Toussaint (East Orange, N.J.) followed with three free throws to give UVA a 41-40 edge heading into the fourth.

            After two scoreless minutes by both teams to start the fourth, Toussaint hit a jumper from just inside the three-point line to give UVA a 43-40 lead. Hall hit a deep three-pointer followed by a jumper from Kamiah Smalls after a 10-second backcourt violation by UVA to give the Dukes a 47-43 lead with 4:27 remaining, the 13th lead change of the game. The Cavaliers took back the lead after Toussaint scored on an inbounds play and built it up to 53-49 by a three-pointer from Mason with 2:08 remaining. UVA held that same four-point advantage with 1:33 remaining when Hall went to the line, making a pair of free throws. After a Virginia miss, JMU got the ball back into the hands of Hall who drained a deep three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining to put JMU up 56-55. The Cavaliers didn’t get another good look at the basket, missing their final shots. JMU went 5-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 17 seconds to close out the game. 

The Demon Deacons end the 2016-17 season with a 16-16 record

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. ¬- The Wake Forest women's basketball team saw its season come to a close Sunday, as the Demon Deacons fell to Middle Tennessee State, 73-66, in the second round of the WNIT. 

Ariel Stephenson scored a team-high 23 points to lead the Deacs while Elisa Penna (17) and Milan Quinn (11) scored in double figures as well for a Wake Forest (16-16) squad that was making its second-straight postseason appearance. 

The Blue Raiders (23-10) grabbed an early advantage, scoring the first points of the game less than a minute into play, and would hold the lead for the entire first half. While Middle Tennessee State would build the advantage to as many seven over the course of the first half, the Deacs would keep the game close after shooting 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field over the first 20 minutes. 

After trailing by two points heading into halftime, Wake Forest gained its first lead of the day with 7:06 remaining in the quarter as a 5-0 run put the Deacs ahead 40-39. Quinn pulled in an offensive board and laid it back in to start the run before Amber Campbell was fouled driving to the basket. Campbell would convert the three-point play as Wake Forest took the lead. 

The Deacs and Blue Raiders would trade baskets down the stretch of the third quarter, with Middle Tennessee State taking a four-point lead into the fourth. The Blue Raiders would go on to score the first eight points of the final frame to extend its advantage to 12, forcing a Wake Forest timeout. Wake Forest would eventually respond and trim the deficit to just four with 1:23 remaining, but the Blue Raiders would close out the game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. 

Quinn caps her career with 129 career games played, tied for second-most in program history and one shy of matching the program record of 130, set by team's current video coordinator Lakevia Boykin. She ends her time as a Demon Deacon ranking second all-time in career blocks (114), fourth in career double-doubles (22) and fifth in career rebounds with 828.