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Women's Basketball Stings No. 15 NC State, 71-62

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (Mar. 4) — Freshman Amy Lingenfelder scored a team-high 18 points and junior Regina Tate recorded her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead sixth-seeded Georgia Tech to a 71-62 upset of third-seeded NC State Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

NC State’s Monica Bates, left, and Georgia Tech’s Candice McCallum fight for a rebound in the first half. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Yellow Jackets (15-12 overall) advance to take on second-seeded Duke in the semifinals at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Duke defeated eighth-seeded Florida State, 92-65, in one of Saturday’s other semifinal games.

Sophomore Milli Martinez added 16 second-half points for the Jackets, including 10 straight for Tech during one stretch to put the Jackets ahead of the Wolfpack (20-8 overall) for good.

Martinez pulled the Jackets to within three of the Pack at 54-51 on a fast break layup with 7:19 to play. A pair of free throws by NC State’s Talisha Scates put the Wolfpack back up five with 7:06 left before Martinez keyed a 12-2 run to put the Jackets up to stay.

After State’s two free throws, Martinez added two more layups and a pair of free throws to put the Jackets up 57-56 with 5:45 left. She added another fast break layup with 5:30 left to put Tech up 59-56 with 5:30 left.

A layup by Monica Bates pulled State to within one with 5:11 left, but that would be the closest the Wolfpack would get the rest of the way. Tech sealed the win by going 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final 4:15.

NC State’s Tynesha Lewis led all scorers with 23 points. Bates and Kaayla Chones added 12 points each for the Wolfpack.

Freshman Nina Barlin had a career-high 11 assists for the Jackets.

Tech’s win sends the Jackets to the ACC semifinals for the first time since 1992.

GEORGIA TECH (15-12)

Donehew 1-9 0-0 3, Lingenfelder 5-11 5-6 18, Barlin 0-5 2-2 2, Kruppa 1-6 1-2 3, Tate 6-7 5-6 17, Stewart 1-1 0-0 2, Martinez 6-12 4-5 16, Mallory 1-2 0-0 2, McCallum 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 25-58 17-21 71.

N. CAROLINA ST. (20-8)

James 2-7 0-1 5, Lewis 8-16 4-6 23, Gardner 1-7 0-2 3, Scates 2-3 3-5 7,

Chones 6-12 0-4 12, Hutcherson 0-3 0-0 0, Bates 6-7 0-1 12, Simpson 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 7-19 62.

Halftime -N. Carolina St. 32, Georgia Tech 27. 3-Point goals -Georgia Tech 4-13 (Donehew 1-8, Lingenfelder 3-5) N. Carolina St. 5-16 (James 1-4, Lewis 3-6, Gardner 1-3, Simpson 0-3). Fouled out -None. Rebounds -Georgia Tech 38 (Tate 10), N. Carolina St. 43 (Chones 11). Assists -Georgia Tech 17 (Barlin 11), N. Carolina St. 15 (James 4). Total fouls -Georgia Tech 20, N. Carolina St. 18. A -6,640.

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