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 2012 ACC Tournament Coverage
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ACC QF: #3 Maryland 70, #6 Virginia 58
 
ACC Semi: #3 Maryland 73, #7 Wake Forest 58

ACC Semi: #4 Georgia Tech 87, NC State 61
Jackets Bully Pack Out of Greensboro
Published March 3, 2012

By Rob Clough
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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.

Top Performers:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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Link to this Photo Tech pregame intros  - GT Players: #1 Dawnn Maye, #3 Sharena Taylor
Tech pregame intros
 
GT Tags: #1 Dawnn Maye, #3 Sharena Taylor
Link to this Photo State pregame intros  - NCSU Players: #11 Emili Tasler
State pregame intros
 
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Link to this Photo Opening Tip  - NCSU Players: #22 Bonae Holston - GT Tags: #45 Sasha Goodlett
Opening Tip
 
NCSU Tags: #22 Bonae Holston
GT Tags: #45 Sasha Goodlett

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #1 Myisha Goodwin-Coleman - GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
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NCSU Tags: #1 Myisha Goodwin-Coleman
GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
Link to this Photo The whistle blew first  - NCSU Players: #22 Bonae Holston
The whistle blew first
 
NCSU Tags: #22 Bonae Holston
Link to this Photo Kastanek's first foul - her second came soon after, and the Pack wasn't the same with her on the bench  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Kastanek's first foul - her second came soon after, and the Pack wasn't the same with her on the bench
 
NCSU Tags: #23 Marissa Kastanek

Link to this Photo Tasler hits from the corner to briefly put the Pack in front  - NCSU Players: #11 Emili Tasler - GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
Tasler hits from the corner to briefly put the Pack in front
 
NCSU Tags: #11 Emili Tasler
GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
Link to this Photo Ty Marshall can't hit  - NCSU Players: #44 Kody Burke - GT Tags: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
Ty Marshall can't hit
 
NCSU Tags: #44 Kody Burke
GT Tags: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
Link to this Photo State goes up three  - NCSU Players: #22 Bonae Holston
State goes up three
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players:  NCSU Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - GT Players: Head Coach MaChelle Joseph
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Link to this Photo Foul on Bennett  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett - GT Tags: #2 Mo Bennett, #32 Chelsea Regins
Foul on Bennett
 
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GT Tags: #2 Mo Bennett, #32 Chelsea Regins

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett - GT Tags: #2 Mo Bennett, #32 Chelsea Regins
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GT Tags: #2 Mo Bennett, #32 Chelsea Regins
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #12 Krystal Barrett
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Link to this Photo Jackets go up three, on a 10-1 run  - GT Players: #5 Metra Walthour
Jackets go up three, on a 10-1 run
 
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Link to this Photo Up five  - GT Players: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
Up five
 
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Link to this Photo State bench  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper
State bench
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - GT Players: #1 Dawnn Maye
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Link to this Photo Foul on Donovan though Marshall missed both freebies  - NCSU Players: #21 Erica Donovan - GT Tags: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
Foul on Donovan though Marshall missed both freebies
 
NCSU Tags: #21 Erica Donovan
GT Tags: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
Link to this Photo Tech foul on Regins  - NCSU Players: #22 Bonae Holston - GT Tags: #32 Chelsea Regins
Tech foul on Regins
 
NCSU Tags: #22 Bonae Holston
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #22 Bonae Holston
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Link to this Photo The t-shirt gun still in full force. If any fans left Greensboro without a t-shirt they didn't try. According to Facebook Kellie Harper's brother had eight by Friday.  - GT Players:  Georgia Tech Cheerleaders
The t-shirt gun still in full force. If any fans left Greensboro without a t-shirt they didn't try. According to Facebook Kellie Harper's brother had eight by Friday.
 
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Link to this Photo Game Reset - Tech up by 9, Kastanek still on the bench, Jackets using their full rotation
Game Reset - Tech up by 9, Kastanek still on the bench, Jackets using their full rotation

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Link to this Photo Jackets go up ten  - NCSU Players: #21 Erica Donovan, #44 Kody Burke - GT Tags: #2 Mo Bennett
Jackets go up ten
 
NCSU Tags: #21 Erica Donovan, #44 Kody Burke
GT Tags: #2 Mo Bennett
Link to this Photo Goodwin-Coleman wide open trey cuts it to five  - NCSU Players: #1 Myisha Goodwin-Coleman
Goodwin-Coleman wide open trey cuts it to five
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - GT Players: #1 Dawnn Maye
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Link to this Photo Tasler goads Regins into a turnover  - NCSU Players: #11 Emili Tasler - GT Tags: #32 Chelsea Regins
Tasler goads Regins into a turnover
 
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GT Tags: #32 Chelsea Regins
Link to this Photo After State cut it to five a Walthour trey made it 26-18 Tech  - NCSU Players: #21 Erica Donovan - GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
After State cut it to five a Walthour trey made it 26-18 Tech
 
NCSU Tags: #21 Erica Donovan
GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
Link to this Photo Marshall drives as MGC extends the hand of friendship  - NCSU Players: #21 Erica Donovan
Marshall drives as MGC extends the hand of friendship
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #21 Erica Donovan - GT Tags: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - GT Players: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
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Link to this Photo Kastanek still on the bench as State's deficit grows to double digits  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek
Kastanek still on the bench as State's deficit grows to double digits
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #22 Bonae Holston - GT Tags: #45 Sasha Goodlett
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #5 Breezy Williams, #12 Krystal Barrett - GT Tags: #45 Sasha Goodlett
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - NCSU Players: #4 Tia Bell - GT Tags: #5 Metra Walthour
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"Joe!"
 
NCSU Tags: Head Coach Kellie Harper
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"Joe! Are you asleep out there???"

Link to this Photo Referee Joe Cunningham pretended not to hear Harper
Referee Joe Cunningham pretended not to hear Harper
Link to this Photo Mo Bennett should not be left wide open
Mo Bennett should not be left wide open
Link to this Photo Tech goes up by 19  - GT Players: #2 Mo Bennett
Tech goes up by 19
 
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Link to this Photo Discussion with Eric Brewton  - NCSU Players: Head Coach Kellie Harper
Discussion with Eric Brewton
 
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Link to this Photo The other side makes its case with Joe Cunningham  - GT Players: Head Coach MaChelle Joseph
The other side makes its case with Joe Cunningham
 
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Link to this Photo Kody cuts it to 46-32
Kody cuts it to 46-32

Link to this Photo Goodlett couldn't stretch the Tech lead
Goodlett couldn't stretch the Tech lead
Link to this Photo Kastanek was back in the game, but it was too little too late  - NCSU Players: #23 Marissa Kastanek - GT Tags: #15 Tyaunna Marshall
Kastanek was back in the game, but it was too little too late
 
NCSU Tags: #23 Marissa Kastanek
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Link to this Photo The Wolfpack and Tasler's magic had run out  - NCSU Players: #11 Emili Tasler
The Wolfpack and Tasler's magic had run out
 
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Link to this Photo Someone's little buddy in the stands, soon heading back to Raleigh after another great ACC Tournament run
Someone's little buddy in the stands, soon heading back to Raleigh after another great ACC Tournament run



ACC QF: #3 Maryland 70, #6 Virginia 58
 
ACC Semi: #3 Maryland 73, #7 Wake Forest 58

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