Virginia women hold off Georgia Tech 60-58 in ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Aliyah Huland El scored 19 points and seventh-seeded Virginia rallied to defeat 10th-seeded Georgia Tech 60-58 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
The Cavaliers (18-12) advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals against second-seeded and fifth-ranked Notre Dame after Francesca Pan missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Pan, who scored 25 points, had Tech on top 53-45 after a pair of free throws two minutes into the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers then reeled off the next 10 points, five from Dominique Toussaint, and took its first lead, 55-53, on a Huland El 3-pointer at 5:13.
Kierra Fletcher’s 3-point play put the Yellow Jackets (18-13) back on top with 3:52 to go, before Lauren Moses scored twice for Virginia for a 59-56 lead with just under a minute to play. Fletcher made it a one-point game 35.6 seconds remaining.
Virginia ran the clock down before both teams had quick turnovers, the Cavs getting ball back when Moses drew a charge with 3.5 seconds remaining. Jocelyn Willoughby then made one free throw to give Tech a final chance.
Toussaint had 14 points and Moses 12 for Virginia.