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Jan. 17, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - It wasn't always pretty, but the Georgia Tech women's basketball team improved to 4-0 in the ACC for the first time ever with a 54-46 win at Wake Forest on Monday night.
Leading the way for the Jackets was freshman Tyaunna Marshall, who tallied 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half. With the win, Tech improves to 16-4 overall and 4-0 in league play, while the Demon Deacons fall to 10-9 overall and 1-2 in the ACC.
"First I want to give credit to Wake Forest," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "I thought they made us play defense for 28-30 seconds on every single possession. That wore us down on the offensive end and they kept us from running. There's no doubt the strength of our team is our transition game. I was proud of our team for the way we weathered the storm and gutted it out at the end. "
The first half was a game of runs and each would put together double-digit runs over the opening eight minutes. The Jackets opened the game with a 14-0 run to the 15:11 mark, but the Demon Deacons would answer with a 13-0 run of their own to the 12:04 point of the first half.
Tech ended the Deacs' run with its second 14-0 run of the first 20 minutes and making the score 27-15 with 5:47 left in the half. Again, Wake Forest would not quit and put together an 11-0 run to end the half, capped by a Chelsea Douglas three with three seconds left, making the halftime score 27-24 in favor of Tech.
"Wake plays hard and they make you play ugly," Joseph said. "They're good on the defensive end, they're good on the offensive end and they have a lot of depth. I was pleased with the way Ty Marshall stepped up in the second half and put us on her back on the offensive end and made some key plays. MeMe Walthour hitting that three sort of separated us at the end in the last couple of minutes."
The Jackets went over 14 minutes without a field goal, from the 7:02 point of the first half to the 12:27 point of the second half. Over that span, the Demon Deacons built a 35-28 lead, the only Jacket point being a Sasha Goodlett free throw at 14:25. Tech would take the lead back as Marshall drove down the lane and floated a runner in to put Tech up 39-38 at the 8:06 mark.
The Demon Deacons would take one lead and tie the game twice in the next three minutes. The three-pointer Joseph referenced from Walthour came with 4:03 remaining and put the Jackets up for good.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Italee Lucas scored 15 points to lead the Tar Heels, who played the Huskies relatively even for the rest of the half, but it was not enough to keep up with UConn which pulled away from 10th-ranked North Carolin 83-57 on Monday night.
Tiffany Hayes scored 29 points to lead No. 2 Connecticut.
Maya Moore added 26 for the Huskies (17-1), who scored the game's first eight points to give themselves a comfortable margin then scored the first 12 of the second half to blow the game open. The Huskies shot 49 percent despite cooling off late, knocking down seemingly every early open look - and there were plenty - and even the ones when the Tar Heels (16-2) managed to get a hand in the shooter's face.