NCAA Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, March 18
March 18, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Georgia Tech's Mo Bennett came out of the huddle, looked over at teammate LaQuananisha Adams and shrugged her shoulders.
She couldn't believe the show freshman Sydney Wallace was putting on, either.
Wallace scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Yellow Jackets past Sacred Heart 76-50 on Sunday in the first round of the Des Moines Regional.
"Obviously, Sydney Wallace was a huge factor today. We brought her to Georgia Tech to score, and she's done that in spurts throughout the whole ACC season," coach MaChelle Joseph said. "Today, she took it to a whole other level."
Wallace finished 11 of 13 while Sasha Goodlett added 12 points and 11 rebounds. They helped Georgia Tech (25-8) set the school's single-season wins record and avoid being upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.
The fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets used a huge run in the first half to take command and didn't allow the Pioneers to get closer than 13 after the break while claiming a spot in the second round opposite fifth-seeded Georgetown on Tuesday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Back in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, Samford didn't stick around for long.
The 15th-seeded Bulldogs were overmatched in just about every phase during an 82-47 loss to second-seeded Duke in the first round.
Samford (20-13) fell behind 23-7 at the outset and Duke led 40-22 at halftime.
"We knew this would be a big challenge and they were an impressive team," Samford coach Mike Morris said.
Taylor Reece led Samford with 10 points.
"They are really big and that has a lot to do with it," she said. "They are long and so on every pass there were hands in the passing lane every single time. They are going to get some steals just because of that but I think we did the best with what we could."
Samford made just its second appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs lost to Florida State 76-46 last season.
Morris has no doubt that Duke will be a tough test for whichever team it plays from now on.