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  ACC QF: #2 Louisville 60,#7 Georgia Tech 50
Cards Quell Late Jackets Rally
March 4, 2016

 
By John Mundy, Photos by Orin Day

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GREENSBORO -- A furious rally by Georgia Tech closed a double-digit deficit to just 6 with 3 minutes to play, but Louisville answered like they had all night long and eliminated the Yellow Jackets 60-50 in Friday's third quarterfinal of the ACC Women's Tournament. Conference Player of the Year Myisha Hines-Allen opened her tournament with 22 points to lead all scorers, and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win.

Georgia Tech held a 16-15 lead with 7:47 to play in the first half, courtesy of six early Louisville turnovers. However, Louisville erupted for a 15-4 run to close the half. The Cardinals managed to keep Georgia Tech at bay for most of the second half, hovering around a double-digit lead before the Jacket's last-gasp rally to end the game.

"I thought take away the first five minutes of the game where we just couldn't figure out who was on our team and who was on theirs because we threw it to the wrong team a few times, about six, actually, in the first five minutes, and then we don't turn it over but seven times the rest of the game," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. It's hard to score when you're throwing it to the wrong team."

The Yellow Jackets were beaten on the boards while Louisville turned 28 offensive rebounds into 16 second chance points. Both teams kept the turnovers to a bare minimum (Louisville 13, Georgia Tech 12 for the game) and seemed evenly matched at times, but the big second quarter doomed the Jackets.

In what has become an unfortunate theme in this tournament, the rims at the Greensboro Coliseum (or is it the defenses?) are giving fans a lot of 30 percent and lower field goal averages. Both Louisville and Georgia Tech were simply abysmal, especially from the three point line. Combined, the teams went 3 for 24 from behind the arc. Still, the Cardinals advanced, and will play third-seeded Syracuse in the second semifinal on Saturday.

Top Performers

  1. Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville : 22 points, 13 rebounds, only 2 turnovers. The newly-christened ACC Player of the Year did not disappoint in her first game, and provided the edge the Cardinals needed when nobody else could shoot straight. Hines-Allen, for her part, shot 50 percent from the floor.

  2. Mariya Moore, Louisville : 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. The only other Cardinal to score in double figures, Moore will need a bigger contribution in Saturday's semifinal matchup with the Orange.

  3. Aaliyah Whiteside : 20 points, 7 rebounds. The only Yellow Jacket in double figures, needed a lot more help than she got, as the Jackets were eliminated.

Game Analysis

Why Louisville Won: Defense and rebounding win championships, and the Cardinals owned the glass while holding Tech to 31 percent shooting.

Why Georgia Tech Lost: No help. Roddreka Rogers and Imani Tilford scored 9 and 8, respectively, but it wasn't enough- especially against a team as good as Louisville.

The Game Turned When...:.Louisville dominated the second quarter, and didn't need to do much else to hold on and win the game.

X-Factor:The Louisville bench outscored Georgia Tech's pine 15-8. Did I mention the Jackets need some offensive help?

Key Stat: Mariya Moore is one of our players of the game, but she only made one field goal. The rest of her points came from the free throw line, where she was 9 of 10.

Areas for Improvement: Georgia Tech: get some help. Somebody, please step up for MaChelle Joseph. Louisville: A slow start against Syracuse or Notre Dame might get you embarrassed on national television. Probably a good idea to bring your energy from the jump.

Ramifications: Georgia Tech gets to wait a few agonizing days to figure out if they did enough to win a NCAA berth. Louisville's reward? The Q-se...er, the 'Cuse.

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