The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament got off to a crazy start in Greensboro with fifth seed Miami playing 12 seed Virginia Tech. The Hokies scored just eight first half points. EIGHT! However, they only lost 45-39, as they out-scored the Hurricanes 31-24 in the second half.
Shawnice “Pepper” Wilson led all scorers with 17 points for Miami. Morgan Stroman finished with eight points and 13 rebounds.
Miami will play four seed Florida State on Friday at 11am ET to open the quarterfinals.
In the second game, the eight seed NC State was down to the nine seed Clemson at the half, but came back to blow the Tigers away 30-16 in the second half to win 56-45.
The Wolfpack won the game on the charity stripe, as they made (18) more than the Tigers took (seven). Kody Burke led all scorers with 16 points and Marissa Kastanek chipped in 14 points. Nikki Dixon was the lone Tiger in double figures with 11.
NC State moves on to face number one Duke for the second straight season on Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack upset Duke last year, as the eight seed beat the one seed for the first time ever.
Then the night got crazier.
The seven seed Georgia Tech looked like they were going to continue their hot streak into the quarterfinals, as they led ten seeded Wake Forest at the half, 43-36. Instead, it was the Demon Deacons who came out hot in the second half. They out-scored the Yellow Jackets, 50-24 in the second half (and shot 50% from the field) to pull off the upset by a final of 86-67. GT is still the most disappointing team in the ACC. Wake has now won at least one ACC Tourney game in each of the last five seasons.
All five starters for Wake scored in double figures, as Lakevia Boykin found her shot. She made 8-of-14 shots to score 21 points (ten in the second half). Sandra Garcia recorded a double-double: ten points and 12 rebounds. She also blocked three shots. For GT, Tyaunna Marshall scored a game-high 22 points, but needed 26 shots to get that total. She also hauled in 11 rebounds.
The Demon Deacons move on to play the two seed Maryland on Friday night. It will be a rematch of last Sunday’s game (which was a Terps blowout).
In the final game of the night, 11 seed Boston College led by ten at the half and fended off a comeback by six seeded Virginia, 66-57.
Four starters for the Eagles scored in double figures, as Kerri Shields led them with 16 points and seven rebounds. She made 4-of-8 three pointers. Kristen Doherty finished with 15 points and six rebounds. For UVA, Ataira Franklin scored 17 points, but fouled out.
BC will close out the quarterfinals on Friday night against three seeded North Carolina.
Will we see more craziness in the quarterfinals?