No. 8 Duke 100, Georgia Tech 56
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Duke’s eighth-ranked Blue Devils opened their bid for an Atlantic Coast Conference title with their most prolific scoring output of the season.
Payton Black had 23 points on 10-of-12 field-goal shooting, and the top-seeded Blue Devils shot a season-high 59 percent in a 100-56 victory over Georgia Tech in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Duke (21-6) won its seventh consecutive game and advanced to Saturday’s semifinals against 10th-ranked North Carolina, a 76-56 winner over No. 15 Virginia.
Hilary Howard and Nicole Erickson added 17 points apiece and Rochelle Parent had 10 in the Blue Devils’ most-lopsided victory of the season.
Georgia Tech (11-17) earned the right to play the Blue Devils by defeating Wake Forest in Thursday’s play-in game. The Yellow Jackets shot just 30 percent in the first half on the way to their most-lopsided loss of the season.
Carla Munnion had 20 points to lead Georgia Tech, which closed its season by losing eight of 10 games.
The Blue Devils shot 63 percent in the first half, scoring the first 10 points of the game and building their lead as high as 28 on the way to a 55-30 halftime lead.
After Duke opened the second half with a 29-11 run, the only suspense the rest of the way involved whether the Blue Devils would finish with the highest-scoring output in the tournament’s 21-year history.
That footnote belongs to Virginia, which scored 106 in a triple-overtime victory over Maryland in 1993. The highest output in a 40-minute game was 104 by North Carolina State in a victory over Wake Forest in 1983.