Georgia Tech women upset No. 13 Tar Heels in ACC shocker
Tyaunna Marshall pumped in 32 points and set a new Georgia Tech scoring record in a 94-91 upset over No. 13 North Carolina on Thursday night.
Marshall broke the school career scoring record on a pair of free throws that gave her 1,956 career points and cemented the win with just 4 seconds left in the close contest. The previous record was 1,955 set in 1997 by Kisha Ford, who went on to play in the WNBA.
Kaela Davis contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia Tech (15-8, 5-5 ACC), while Sydney Wallace added 14 points, and Aaliyah Whiteside got her first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time since 2012 that the Yellow Jackets beat a ranked team.
North Carolina (17-6, 5-4) got 22 points and nine rebounds from Diamond DeShields.
The Tar Heels’ attack saw three players scoring at least 20 points, including DeShields, who added five assists before fouling out with 2:44 left. Allisha Gray notched her third double-double of the year with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Danielle Butts set a new career high with 20 points.
North Carolina trailed by seven points with 1:51 left, but pieced together eight-straight points to take a 90-89 lead with 36 seconds to go.
Davis gave Tech the lead right back, but UNC’s Latifah Coleman had the opportunity to tie the game with a pair of free throws with six seconds left. She missed the first of two foul shots, but made the second to make it 92-91 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
Carolina nearly stole the inbounds pass as Butts had her hand on the ball for a brief second, but Marshall came up with the loose ball and made two free throws to ice the victory and become Georgia Tech’s all-time leading scorer.
The first half saw four lead changes, two ties and Carolina make a late push to take a slim 44-43 lead at intermission.
The Yellow Jackets took their largest lead of the first half, 36-27, on a jumper from Marshall at the 7:45 mark. She led Tech with 13 points in the opening stanza.
North Carolina got right back in the game with a 12-0 run, led by DeShields’ eight of her 17 first-half points, erasing an eight-point deficit that turned into a 43-39 advantage.
North Carolina visits No. 5 Duke on Monday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.
|GEORGIA TECH 94, No. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 91|
Percentages: FG .431, FT .625.
3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Butts 1-1, DeShields 1-2, Coleman 1-3, Gray 1-3, Washington 0-1, Rountree 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 7.
Blocked Shots: 4 (McDaniel 2, Butts, Rountree).
Turnovers: 24 (McDaniel 6, DeShields 6, Gray 4, Butts 3, Mavunga 2, Summers, Washington, Coleman).
Steals: 14 (Rountree 4, Butts 3, McDaniel 3, DeShields 2, Gray, Summers).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .367, FT .727.
3-Point Goals: 4-20, .200 (Davis 3-13, Marshall 1-3, Whiteside 0-1, Wallace 0-3).
Team Rebounds: 6.
Blocked Shots: 8 (Davis 3, Rogers 2, Maye, Bivins, Taylor).
Turnovers: 17 (Marshall 5, Davis 4, Maye 3, Rogers 3, Vuckovic, Wallace).
Steals: 13 (Maye 4, Marshall 3, Whiteside 2, Davis 2, Wallace 2).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Bryan Brunette, Billy Smith, Roy Gulbeyan.