Georgia Tech Upends NC State In ACC Women's Basketball Tournament

March 3, 2012

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GREENSBORO, N.C. ( - The fourth-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets advanced to the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament finals for the first time in 20 years and the second time ever, defeating the ninth-seeded NC State Wolfpack, 87-61, Saturday afternoon in the Greensboro Coliseum.

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.

"One of the things I said coming into this game and throughout the season is that we consider ourselves a blue collar team, a hard working team," said Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph. "We pride ourselves on being one of the hardest working teams in the ACC and we feel like NC State is another team that night in and night out plays as hard or harder than we do. For us to come out and be able to win the game the way we did, I'm just proud of my kids for their efforts on the defensive end. I thought we did an outstanding job defensively throughout the course of the game."

Ranked 15th nationally, Georgia Tech got contributions from players up and down its roster. Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds. Senior Sasha Goodlett recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Metra Walthour added 13 points and six assists. 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, which shot just 31 percent from the field and dropped to 18-15 on the year.

Georgia Tech (24-7) will face the winner of Saturday's second semifinal game between seventh-seeded Wake Forest and third-seeded Maryland Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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  • Georgia Tech qualified for its second championship game of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Yellow Jackets made the 1992 title game as the No. 7 seed, losing 70-69 to No. 1 seed and top-ranked Virginia.
  • The No. 4 seed has a record of 3-5 in ACC finals. After losing the first four times, the No. 4 seed has won three of the last four title games.
  • Georgia Tech hit 24 of its first 34 shots (70.6 percent) and was threatening the tournament's single-game record for field-goal percentage. Wake Forest holds the mark, shooting 67.4 percent in 1999 against Maryland. The Yellow Jackets shot 53.3 percent overall against NC State.
  • Georgia Tech's Tyaunna Marshall has been excellent so far in the tournament. She has 41 points in two tournament games, making 16 of 27 shots (59.3 percent).
  • NC State's tournament record under coach Kellie Harper is 6-3. The Wolfpack advanced to the 2010 final as a No. 6 seed and this season became the first No. 9 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed when they beat Duke 75-73.
  • NC State's all-time tournament record is 42-31. Georgia Tech's is 13-32.
  • In the regular season, Georgia Tech swept the two meetings, though the games were close. The Yellow Jackets won 76-66 in Raleigh in January. On Feb 2 in Atlanta, the Yellow Jackets needed overtime before prevailing 75-68.