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No. 15 Georgia Tech women edge UNC 54-53 in ACCs

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tyaunna Marshall scored 21 points and had the go-ahead basket with 1:35 left to help No. 15 Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 54-53 in Friday's quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Mo Bennett and Metra Walthour each scored 11 for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (23-7), who held on when Brittany Rountree's long 3-pointer for the win bounced off the front of the rim at the horn.

Georgia Tech shot 39 percent to reach the semifinals for the third straight season.

She'la White scored 13 points to lead the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (20-11), who lost twice to Georgia Tech this month by a combined three points. North Carolina rallied from seven down to go up four with about 4 minutes left to set up a back-and-forth finish.

Chay Shegog hit a jumper for a 53-52 Tar Heels lead with 2:06 left before Marshall answered on the ensuing possession.

Wake Forest 81, Miami 74

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Wake Forest played fast and kept attacking the same Miami team that had handled the Demon Deacons so easily once before. Now the Demon Deacons are celebrating one of the biggest wins in program history along with a rare trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

Secily Ray scored a season-high 21 points to help the Demon Deacons upset the No. 7 Hurricanes 81-74 in Friday's quarterfinals. Wake Forest is in the semis for the first time since 1988 and the third time ever.

Chelsea Douglas added 18 points for the seventh-seeded Demon Deacons (19-12), who have won two games in the same tournament for the first time in program history. They beat Virginia Tech in Thursday's first round and will face Virginia or Maryland Saturday as they pursue their second NCAA tournament bid, the last also coming in 1988.

Maryland 70, Virginia 58

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points and No. 6 Maryland beat Virginia 70-58 on Friday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal.

Brene Moseley added 13 points and Tianna Hawkins had 10 rebounds for the third-seeded Terrapins (26-4), the highest-seeded team left after No. 5 Duke and No. 7 Miami were upset earlier in the day.

Maryland led by 26, shot 48 percent, built a 48-23 rebounding advantage, established an early 22-point lead following two big runs and cruised to their fifth straight win. The Terps advanced to a semifinal matchup Saturday against seventh-seeded Wake Forest.

Ariana Moorer scored 19 points and Lexie Gerson had 16 for sixth-seeded Virginia (22-10), which had its four-game winning streak snapped and was denied its first semifinal appearance since 2008. The Cavaliers closed the game on a 20-6 run against the Terps' reserves.

Thomas, the ACC's player of the year, had her third straight game with at least 18 points, and she helped Maryland reach the semifinals for the first time since the 2009 team went on to claim the program's ninth ACC championship.

Tennessee 68, Vanderbilt 57

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shekinna Stricklen already was mad about picking up her third foul early in the second half with just two points to her name. Then coach Pat Summitt let the senior know what she thought about it.

"I didn't get to play in the first half because I had two fouls. I picked up the third, got really frustrated," Stricklen said. "Coach came over there, went off me, made it worse. I really got mad. It was a lot of motivation. I think I got the stare. She really stared at me. I had to respond."

The preseason all-American took that anger and turned it into a positive, scoring all 18 of her team-leading points in the second half. That sparked the 13th-ranked Lady Volunteers in their 68-57 win over Vanderbilt on Friday in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Tennessee (22-8) will face either No. 16 Georgia or No. 25 South Carolina in the semifinals on Saturday.

Kentucky 71, Florida 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Florida Gators had their chance to make a big statement in their case for an NCAA tournament bid, building a big lead against 10th-ranked Kentucky. Now they must wait and see if their resume is strong enough without a big Southeastern Conference tournament win.

The Gators led 20-6 early and 38-25 in the second half before losing 71-67 to Kentucky in the SEC women's tournament quarterfinals Friday. It's their third loss to the SEC regular season champ this season by a total of 12 points.

"There's a lot of things we could single out and say this possession here, this stop there," Florida coach Amanda Butler said. "We just didn't close out the way we needed to."

Butler also believes her Gators (19-12) more than made their case for their first NCAA berth since 2009. The Gators won six of their final 10 games, went 8-8 in SEC play and went into this tournament with the nation's 11th-best strength of schedule. And more painfully, 10 of 12 losses came by six or fewer points.

Ohio State 57, Michigan 48

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tayler Hill hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 points as No. 14 Ohio State held off Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament.

Kalpana Beach scored 12 points for the second-seeded Buckeyes (25-5), who shot only 38 percent. Big Ten Player of the Year Samantha Prahalis scored 11 points but went 4 of 15 and turned it over seven times. However, her five assists made her the conference's all-time leader.

Carmen Reynolds scored 14 points and Courtney Boylan 10 for the seventh-seeded Wolverines (20-11).

Michigan used a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 45-39 with 7:49 left but could not close the gap.

The Buckeyes are looking for their fourth straight tournament title. They'll play Nebraska in the semifinals Saturday.

No. 24 NEBRASKA 80, IOWA 68

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lindsey Moore scored 26 points and two teammates had double-doubles as Nebraska defeated Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten women's tournament.

Moore hit 10 of 15 shots, including four 3-pointers, and had six assists and five steals for the sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (23-7).

Nebraska's Jordan Hooper had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Emily Cady scored 13 points with 11 boards. Hailie Sample added 10 points.

Kamille Wahlin and Samantha Logic scored 17 points apiece to lead the third-seeded Hawkeyes (19-11). Morgan Johnson had 12 points and six blocks. Logic added eight rebounds and six assists.

Nebraska trailed by nine early in the second half. But the Huskers broke free from a 52-52 tie with a 7-0 spurt on baskets by Hooper and Cady and a 3-pointer by Moore, and they never trailed again.

No. 9 PENN STATE 78, MINNESOTA 74

INDIANAPOLIS -- Maggie Lucas scored 24 points, leading No. 9 Penn State past Minnesota in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

The top-seeded Nittany Lions (24-5) trailed by as much as 13 in the first half and will face either fourth-seeded Purdue or fifth-seeded Michigan State in Saturday's semifinals.

Minnesota (15-17) was led by freshman Rachel Banham with 25 points, not enough to avoid its third loss of the season to the Big Ten regular-season champs.

Penn State used a late 11-3 run to get within 36-29 at halftime, then scored the first six points of the second half and used a 10-0 run to take a 45-38 lead with 14:20 to play. The Golden Gophers closed to 73-71 with 26.9 seconds to go but Penn State sealed it with free throws.