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March 20, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The final buzzer sounded, and Metra Walthour flipped the ball into the air while some Georgia Tech teammates exchanged a few hugs at midcourt.
For the Yellow Jackets, the feeling was twofold: Relief to finally getting a win at this stage of the women's NCAA tournament, and determination not to let it be the last one.
Georgia Tech earned a spot in the second weekend after beating Georgetown 76-64 on Tuesday night in the second round of the Des Moines Regional behind 23 points from freshman Sydney Wallace.
"Way overdue, Georgia Tech being in the Sweet 16," coach MaChelle Joseph said.
Sasha Goodlett added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (26-8), who shot 50 percent and never let Georgetown get closer than eight in the second half to win for the 15th time in 18 games and prolong the best season in school history.
Up next is their biggest challenge: A trip to Iowa to face Baylor - the tournament's top overall seed - on Saturday in the regional semifinals.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Losing in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament seems to have lit a fire under the Duke Blue Devils.
Haley Peters' career-high 25 points led five Blue Devils in double figures, and Duke turned in its best shooting performance of the season Tuesday night in routing Vanderbilt 96-80 to advance to the Fresno Regional semifinal.
The second-seeded Blue Devils (26-5) trailed only once before a display that included nine straight made baskets in the first half. Duke advanced to its 14th regional semifinal in 15 seasons.
Tricia Liston had 23 points for Duke. Elizabeth Williams had 13, and Chelsea Gray and Shay Selby each had 10.
Not even Memorial Gym, the Southeastern Conference's oldest gym with no air conditioning, gave seventh-seeded Vanderbilt (23-10) any help on a night the temperature reached 90 by halftime.
The only thing hotter was Duke's shooting.