No rally wanted: Georgia Tech rolls over WVU 73-56 in NCAAs

Lotta-Maj Lahtinen scored 22 factors, Lorela Cubaj had 21 factors and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 seed Georgia Tech used a giant third quarter to beat No. 4 West Virginia 73-56 within the second spherical of the ladies’s NCAA Event

SAN ANTONIO — Lotta-Maj Lahtinen scored 22 factors, Lorela Cubaj had 21 factors and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 seed Georgia Tech used a giant third quarter to beat No. 4 West Virginia 73-56 on Tuesday within the second spherical of the ladies’s NCAA Event.

The Yellow Jackets wanted a second-half rally within the opening spherical towards Stephen F. Austin — the fourth-largest comeback in match historical past — however had this sport effectively in management with a 17-point lead over the Mountaineers to begin the fourth. Their European inside-outside combo of Cubaj, from Italy, and Lahtinen, of Finland, led the way in which.

Lahtinen was 9 of 16 from the sector and struck for 17 factors within the first half to dig the Yellow Jackets out of an early gap.

Georgia Tech (17-8) superior to the Candy 16 for the second time in program historical past and first since 2012. The Yellow Jackets will meet Tuesday evening’s winner between No. 1 South Carolina and No. 8 Oregon State within the Hemisfair Area.

Esmery Martinez scored 13 factors to steer West Virginia (22-7).

Georgia Tech turned the ball over eight instances within the first quarter — 4 within the first 5 possessions — and trailed 15-6 earlier than clawing again inside 17-15 when Cubaj snatched an air ball and flipped it backward for a layup on the buzzer.

The Yellow Jackets cleaned up the sloppy play within the second and Lahtinen obtained rolling.

She was 0-for-7 from lengthy vary within the first spherical, however scored 10 of Georgia Tech’s last 14 factors of the quarter, together with two 3-pointers, to assist construct a 36-32 halftime lead.

Lahtinen and Cubaj then scored all 9 of Georgia Tech’s factors in a 9-4 run to over the ultimate 4 minutes of the third that broke the sport open.

DEFENSIVE CLAMPDOWN

Cubaj, the ACC’s co-defensive participant of the 12 months, anchored a Georgia Tech protection that smothered West Virginia’s Kysre Gondrezick, who scored three factors and took simply six pictures after scoring 26 within the first-round win over Lehigh.

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