Kaela Davis and Tyaunna Marhsall combine for 54 points in the Yellow Jackets’ win over pesky Virginia.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kaela Davis scored 28 points and Tyaunna Marshall added a double-double to help Georgia Tech beat Virginia 77-76 in the second round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Georgia Tech built a 14-point lead midway through the second half on the strength of their aggressive guard play and lights-out offense. However, Virginia stepped up their intensity late in the game, trimming the lead to one before Marshall missed a last-gasp shot at the buzzer.
Virginia was led by forward Sarah Imovbioh (27 points, 10 rebounds), who had a double-double of her own in the loss. Kelsey Wolfe added 16 for the Cavaliers, followed by 15 from Ataira Franklin. The Jackets bested the Wahoos on the glass, 39-32 and held the Cavaliers to to just 2-17 from three-point range. Georgia Tech now advances to play Duke in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
“I thought today we were in for a battle,” Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I got exactly what I expected. It’s tournament and anything can happen. When you get a team full of seniors and upperclassmen like Virginia does, you have the ability to make plays and win games.”
The game almost ended in disaster for Tech, who held a three point lead with four seconds remaining when Nariah Taylor blocked a three-point attempt from Virginia’s Lexie Gerson out of bounds. Taylor showed a lot of emotion following the play, which the officials deemed to be taunting. Taylor was assessed a technical foul, giving Virginia two free throws and the ball. Franklin drained both free throws, but their last possession failed to get Franklin the look that the Wahoos wanted.Powered by Sidelines