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Georgia Tech used a sizzling shooting performance and total dominance on the boards to smother an exhausted NC State club in the first ACC semifinal. The Jackets shot 69% in the first half thanks to crisp ball movement and relentless screening. When NC State tried to cut off GT's penetration by packing the lane, the Jackets responded by bringing in extra shooters. Rarely-used shooting specialist Frida Fogdemark nailed 2 key threes in the first half, while the elbow was consistently open for Tech star Ty Marshall. Her funky step-back jumper was in full effect in the first half as she dropped 16 points on the Pack. State star Bonae Holston looked exhausted after going toe-to-toe with Elizabeth Williams a day earlier, and her normally reliable jump shot looked flat the entire game. She was just 1-6 from the field in the first half and 2-13 overall. Things started to go south for the Pack when star guard Marissa Kastanek was pulled after committing her second foul just four minutes into the game. Without their best shooter, the Pack had to scramble to find any offense and found that their bench came up empty, with just 3 points in the first half. Meanwhile, Tech's incredible depth at the post withstood a combined 7 first half fouls to three of its posts and still allowed them to go +14 on the boards. The game was over at the half, and Tech made sure it stayed that way. The Jackets quickly pushed their lead to 20 just after halftime and up to 30 midway through the second half. Tech wound up +25 on the boards overall and held a 32-12 edge in bench scoring. This was the best I've ever seen Georgia Tech play, and they look like they're ready to battle for an ACC title.
What's Next For NC State: The Pack will be headed to the WNIT and will hope to be one of the top seeds in that tournament. NC State could do some serious damage if they get to host some games and Kastanek and Holston continue to play the way they did in the ACC tournament.
What's Next For Georgia Tech: The Jackets will play for the ACC title for the first time since 1992 and only the second time in the history of the program. Tech is also looking to move up to a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament.
- Sasha Goodlett, GT: 12 points, 10 rebounds. The big center bounced back from a mediocre game against UNC to lead Tech's cadre of punishing bigs, dominating the Pack on the glass.
- Ty Marshall, GT: 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. The smooth wing was unstoppable from medium range, with her fadeaway proving to be an unguardable and highly accurate shot.
- Metra Walthour, GT: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists. The point guard hit a couple of timely threes and did a great job on defense.
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