GREENSBORO, N.C. — The ACC Women’s Tournament started out with NC State basketball team playing Georgia Tech. It was sloppy in the first half but the Wolfpack bounced back from an uninspiring first quarter to beat Georgia Tech 57-48 in the Greensboro Coliseum.
With the win, N.C. State advances to Saturday’s semifinal game against the winner of the Duke-Boston College game at the Coliseum. The Pack was able to avenge its 65-60 loss to Georgia Tech on Feb. 16 in Raleigh.
“They Georgia Tech make it so difficult for you to score,” State coach Wes Moore said. “They keep the game close, oftentimes they keep it ugly.”
The Wolfpack trailed 16-7 after the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Pack settled down and got into their half-court offense and started to hit shots, tying the game as the first half ended before taking the game away from the Yellow Jackets.
N.C. State struggled in the first half and Georgia Tech led by as much as 14 points.
Elissa Cunane and Aislinn Konig led the scoring for NC State, as they both finished the game with 16 points apiece.
Francesca Pan, who scored 26 points against Pitt on Thursday, had seven in the first half against N.C. State. Cunane finished with two in the opening 20 minutes. But the sophomore got the ball often in the third quarter. She finished with 14 points (in the second half) and hit a pair of treys to spark the Wolfpack.
Pan finished with 15 points and kept the Yellow Jackets (20-11) in the game in the fourth quarter. She scored six of their first seven points in the quarter. Georgia Tech junior forward Lorela Cubaj made it a four-point game with 1:42 remaining, but N.C. State freshman wing Jakia Brown-Turner drained a three from downtown to put N.C. State up 53-46.
“It comes to taking the right shots at the right moment,” Konig said. “It was about being patient and allowing the game to come to us when we are in a little bit of a slow start.”