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  ACC 2nd Round: #7 Georgia Tech 77, #10 Virginia 76
Jackets Dodge Bullet, Escape Virginia Rally
March 6, 2014

 
By JP Mundy, Photos by Orin Day

Freshman Kaela Davis (center) was too much for #10 Virginia as seventh seeded Georgia Tech held on for a 77-76 ACC second round win.
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets weathered a furious Virginia rally Thursday night to advance to the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament quarterfinals against Duke. Guards Kaela Davis and Tyaunna Marshall combined to score 54 of their team's 77 points, while Marshall added 10 rebounds to help the Jackets.

Georgia Tech led by as many as 14 points in the second half, before Virginia mounted their comeback. Virginia picked up their defense and rebounding intensity, eventually drawing even on two Sarah Imovbioh free throws with 42 seconds remaining. The remaining ticks of the clock won't soon be forgotten, especially in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech ran the clock down to 13 seconds before Aaliyah Whiteside was fouled on an and-one. She made the free throw and Virginia took possession. Tech's Nariah Taylor then blocked a Lexie Gerson three-pointer out of bounds, but was assessed a technical foul for taunting after the play. Ataira Franklin made both technicals to pull the Hoos within one, but missed a wild shot on the final possession as time expired.

Top Performers

  1. Kaela Davis, Georgia Tech 28 points, 4 rebounds. Davis came out smoking hot and kept up the intensity for the entire game..

  2. Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech 26 points, 10 rebounds. To the surprise of no one, Marshall helped her running mate Davis with Tech's offensive load. Marshall also was credited with 3 steals.

  3. Sarah Imovbioh 27 points, 10 rebounds. Imovbioh had a monster game and was one of three Cavaliers in double figures. Kelsey Wolfe had 16 points and Ataira Franklin added 15.

Game Analysis

Why Georgia Tech won: Tech has Ty Marshall and Kaela Davis and you don't. That, and they won the rebounding battle.

Why Virginia lost: A slow start eventually doomed the Cavaliers, who still almost came all the way back.

The Game Turned When...: The buzzer sounded. This was the best (and weirdest) finish to an ACC Tournament game so far this year.

X-Factor: Dawnn Maye of Georgia Tech may not score much, but she directed the Tech offense well and didn't lack for intensity.

Key Stat: Kaela Davis accounted for Georgia Tech's only three-pointers, canning four on the night.

Areas for Improvement: Tech can't play Duke and shoot 65 percent from the free throw line like they did against the Wahoos. Virginia is well-coached, but true to 2014 form were inconsistent. They'll need more performances closer to 40 minute games to return to ACC relevance.

Ramifications: Congratulations, Tech! You get to play a Duke team in front of their legions of fans on Friday! Virginia heads home, but with a lot to build on from the season.

They Said It: "We talked about it in the locker room afterwards and Nariah knows her excitement overcame her, obviously, and it wasn't a very good play for us, but it was the right call."- Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph on the late-game technical foul

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