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March 3, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com)- 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.
The bigger, stronger Terrapins eventually wore down the scrappy but undersized Demon Deacons, who were playing for the third consecutive day. The first half featured two ties and four lead changes, but an 11-2 Maryland run that spanned halftime gave the Terps a 37-27 advantage with 18:34 to play. Wake Forest once pulled to within five, but Maryland's hot shooting and aggressive rebounding proved to be too much for the Deacons. Maryland shot 53 percent from the field for the game and claimed a 26-14 rebounding advantage after intermission.
Maryland head coach Brenda Frese was pleased with her team's effort in the second half. "(Wake Forest was) the more aggressive team (in the first half) and we talked at halftime that we had to make a decision: We were either going to rebound the basketball or we were going to get on the bus and go home, and we made an adjustment mentally."
"There was a lot of physical play out there, but the strongest team won," said ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas. The sophomore from Harrisburg, Pa., led all players with 18 points and 12 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season. Laurin Mincy, Tianna Hawins and Lynetta Kizer all joined Thomas in double-digit scoring for the Terps.
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.
"A lot of teams would have said, 'You know, we've played three days in a row. Let's go home now,'" Wake Forest head coach Mike Petersen said. "I'm very proud of our effort."
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.
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