N.C. State, Wake Forest Reach ACC Women’s Tournament Semi-Finals
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Day 3 of The 2012 ACC Tournament featured the #4 seeded Ga. Tech Yellow Jackets vs. the 9th seeded N.C. State Wolfpack, in the morning semi-final game. The afternoon semi-final pitted # 3 seed Maryland vs. #7 seed Wake Forest.
N.C. State and Wake Forest defeated the #1 and #2 seeds (Duke and Miami respectively) to reach the semi-final round. Impressive -to say the least. Yes, both teams had their runs ended in the semi-finals. Ga. Tech defeated N.C. State 91-87, while Maryland outscored Wake Forest 73-58.
The heart, focus and energy expended and displayed by these two squads was remarkable. Marissa Kastanek, Bonae Holston and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman led N.C. State with their fierce determination and passionate play. Chelsea Douglas, Lakevia Boykin and Secily Ray did all they could to lead Wake Forest past Maryland- a tall task indeed. While both teams came up short in their pursuit of the 2012 ACC Women’s Championship, they may have opened the door to receiving NCAA Tournament bids. Certainly, before the ACC Tournament, the thought of N.C. State and Wake Forest being invited to the ‘big dance’ was remote at best. However, their wins against Duke and Miami, should have these teams in the conversation.
Speaking of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the ACC has made a strong case for at least five, possibly seven teams from the ACC to receive bids. ACC regular season champion Duke, Miami, Maryland, Ga. Tech, UNC and now Wake Forest and N.C. State.
N.C. State head coach Kellie Harper shares her thoughts on the team‘s chances of receiving a NCAA bid.
Wake Forest head coach Mike Peterson feels his teams performance and statistics are worthy of consideration for a NCAA tournament invitation.
How does the NCAA selection committee factor in the 2012 ACC Women’s Tournament performance in making their decision? Will The ACC have as many as 7 representatives in this years NCAA Tournament? Either way, The ACC Tournament once again showcased the depth and strength of it’s conference. N.C. State and Wake Forest, in particular, should be applauded for their showing, regardless of what happens next.