GREENSBORO, N.C. Elissa Cunane(Northern Guilford High School) had 14 of her 16 points after halftime to help No. 2 seed NC State beat Georgia Tech 57-48 in Friday’s quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Aislinn Konig added 16 points for the second-seeded Wolfpack (26-4), who lost the only regular-season meeting and had fits trying to shake free of the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets in this one. Jakia Brown-Turner added a critical 3-pointer with 1:15 left to beat the shot clock, helping the Wolfpack finally close this one out after trailing by 14 in the second quarter.
Kierra Fletcher had 15 points and nine rebounds for Georgia Tech (20-11), while Francesca Pan – who had a career-best 30 in the first meeting – also had 15 points with eight boards.
Cunane, averaging a team-best 16.5 points and 10 rebounds, shot 1 for 3 in the opening half while sitting significant stretches with two fouls. But she went 6 of 11 from the field after the break, repeatedly getting deep post position and scoring in the post on a night when the Wolfpack’s 3-point shooting was off-target.
NC State missed 20 of its first 25 shots, but ran off an 18-0 run spanning halftime to get back in it and play from in front nearly the entire rest of the way.
NC State: The Wolfpack advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face the No. 6 Boston College vs. No. 3 Duke winner.