GREENSBORO, N.C.: Elissa Cunane had 23 factors and 9 rebounds, and third-ranked North Carolina State stormed again from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Georgia Tech 66-61 on Saturday and advance to the Atlantic Coast Convention Match championship sport.
Kayla Jones added 12 factors and eight rebounds for the Wolfpack (19-2), which is able to look to repeat as ACC champions once they meet No. 5 Louisville on Sunday.
NC State beforehand beat then-No. 1 ranked Louisville 74-60 final month on the highway.
Lorela Cubaj had a powerful sport with 17 factors and 11 rebounds, and Lotta-Maj Lahtinen chipped in with 17 factors and 5 assists for Georgia Tech, which led a lot of the second half however went chilly down the stretch.
Georgia Tech (15-8) closed the primary half on a 9-2 run to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room with Cubaj and Lahtinen combining for seven of these factors. The Yellow Jackets would stretch the result in 10 early within the fourth quarter with Cubaj cashing in on a spin transfer and Loyal McQueen flattening a 3-pointer.
However the Wolfpack didn’t panic, lastly taking the lead with 2:27 left behind 3s from Kai Crutchfield and Jakia Brown-Turner and back-to-back baskets within the low submit from Cunane, who completed Eight of 13 from the sector.
Cunane helped seal the win with two clutch free throws with 8.Eight seconds left, ending 7 of Eight from the foul line.
Cunane, who grew up close to Greensboro, is within the midst of one other terrific ACC Match. She had a game-high 27 factors and 9 rebounds in a 68-55 win over Virginia Tech within the quarterfinals, connecting on 10 of 15 pictures from the ground and going 7 of Eight from the foul line.
Georgia Tech: Cubaj proved robust to cease within the low submit and will probably be an issue within the NCAA Match along with her array of strikes, together with a nifty hook shot. Lahtinen is a powerful scorer and made Eight of 11 pictures from the sector. Nerea Hermosa struggled guarding Cunane and fouled out late within the fourth quarter.
NC State: The Wolfpack confirmed the guts of a champion, refusing to be denied regardless of taking pictures simply 38% within the first half. Cunane was sturdy inside, however the Wolfpack additionally bought huge performs from Crutchfield and Brown-Turner within the pivotal fourth quarter. Each completed with 10 factors.
Georgia Tech shot simply Three of 13 from the sector. … Georgia Tech solely tried six free throws within the sport.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets will wait to listen to the place they’re seeded within the upcoming NCAA Match after ending third within the convention regular-season standings.
NC State: The Wolfpack seems for its second straight ACC title on Sunday towards rival Louisville, a 72-59 winner over Syracuse.
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