|Jackets Come Back to Upset Terps|
#5 seed Georgia Tech beat #4 seed Maryland at their own game to earn a big upset
and book passage into semifinal Saturday. In a game of runs, the Jackets
rebounded from a 22-2 Maryland run thanks to defense, rebounding and timely
shooting. The star of the game was Tech's hulking center Sasha Goodlett, who
outplayed Maryland star Lynetta Kizer, holding Kizer to just 9 points and 4
rebounds. Goodlett kept Tech in the game early, passed the torch to superfrosh
Ty Marshall (16 points) and then watched as senior Alex Montgomery took over
down the stretch. Noting that coach MaChelle Joseph told her to "change her
attitude", she "put the team on [my] shoulders" by hitting clutch shots. None
was more important than a transition three point play that she finished with
1:11 to go after Maryland had pulled within 64-62. The Terps never got closer
than four after that.
For the Terps, Brenda Frese was upset that her team was so badly outrebounded
(36-27), making none-too-subtle digs at the physical play allowed by the
officials and the foul trouble her own players got into. Maryland's Alyssa
Thomas was killing Tech off the dribble (12 points) but only had 4 points in
the second half. Her decision to play more ballhandlers in an attempt to limit
Georgia Tech's backfired as her team committed 23 turnovers and got handled by
Goodlett. The Terps will likely be a three or four seed in the NCAA
tournament, but many teams are breathing a little easier now that they're out
of the ACC tournament.
- GT Sasha Goodlett: 18 points, 9 rebounds.
- GT Metra Walthour: 14 points, 2 steals, 4-6 from three.
- GT Alex Montgomery: 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
DWHoops Photos by Orin Day
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