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Ga Tech topples No. 13 Maryland 70-64

POSTED: March 4, 2011 2:03 p.m.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Alex Montgomery scored 17 points, including a key three-point play down the stretch, to help Georgia Tech rally for a 70-64 victory over No. 13 Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament quarterfinals.

Sasha Goodlett tied a season high with 18 points for the Yellow Jackets (23-9), who advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year.

Tyaunna Marshall scored 16 points and Metra Walthour added 14 for Georgia Tech, which used a 21-3 run to rally from an 11-point deficit early in the second half.

Kim Rodgers scored 13 points to lead the Terrapins (23-7), who had the advantage after a 22-2 spurt that spanned from late in the first half until early in the second. Alyssa Thomas added 12 points for Maryland.

Goodlett led the charge for Georgia Tech, making a layup and a three-point play on back-to-back possessions to cut Maryland's lead to 44-42 with 13 minutes left.

After Montgomery tied the game at 47 for Georgia Tech with a free throw, Goodlett gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good with a turnaround jumper with 9:52 to go.

Marshall added a layup in the paint on a give-and-go from Goodlett, Walthour made a 3-pointer, and Deja Foster hit a pair of free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a 56-47 advantage with 7:18 remaining.

The Terrapins pulled within 64-62 with 1:18 left after a 3-pointer by Rodgers and two free throws by Lynetta Kizer, but the Yellow Jackets had a quick response.

After a nice pass by Goodlett over Maryland's pressure defense, Montgomery made a layup for a three-point play to restore Georgia Tech's lead to five.

Maryland won the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 3, prevailing 56-53 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Rodgers. The rematch was just as tight from the start, featuring six ties and 12 lead changes before halftime.

Neither team led by more than three points until Georgia Tech surged with an 11-0 spurt late in the first half. Goodlett had six points and Montgomery had five during the run, which put the Yellow Jackets ahead 28-19 with 2:58 left in the half.

The Terrapins answered with the final 10 points of the first half to take a 29-28 lead into halftime.

 

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