Feb. 28, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior Brigitte Ardossi notched her sixth double-double of the season but the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (22-8, 8-6 ACC) dropped a 54-46 decision to NC State (17-12, 7-7) Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
“I give NC State a lot of credit,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought their pressure defense bothered us on the offensive end.”
Ardossi finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the final regular season game of her career. Junior Alex Montgomery registered 11 points and eight boards and sophomore Sasha Goodlett added five points and 10 rebounds.
The Jackets were very sloppy in the first half, turning the ball over 18 times but only trailed the Wolfpack 21-16 heading into the locker room. Tech out-rebounded NC State, 24-14, and held the Pack to scoring droughts of four and three minutes.
Tech continued to struggle find its rhythm early in the second half, allowing the Wolfpack to open a 36-26 advantage with 12 minutes to go in the game. Over the next 10 minutes, the Jackets were able to fight their way back into the game, cutting their deficit to only two points with 1:50 remaining.
On the next possession, Tech forced NC State to turn the ball over but was unable to score and would not get any closer. Brittany Strachan would push the lead back to five, when she was left alone in the corner and hit a three with 50 seconds left.
Nine different players from the Wolfpack roster scored, including nine points from Marissa Kastanek. Bonae Holston added eight points and five rebounds.
The bracket for the 2010 ACC Women’s Basketball Championships will be released tonight at 7p.m., by the conference office. The championship will run Thursday-Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.