The toll of Georgia Tech's constant pressure was revealed in a look.
Sasha Goodlett took care of things in the paint with 19 points, and the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets used their relentless pressure to force 25 turnovers in beating No. 12 seed Bowling Green, 69-58, Saturday in the NCAA tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
“Every time we trapped, they’d look at me,” said Lincoln High graduate Alex Montgomery, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (24-10). “It was like they were scared. We knew we had to keep it coming, keep it coming. I could see it in their eyes.”
The Falcons (28-5) had never seen anything like Georgia Tech’s swarming, trapping defense blanketing all 94 feet of the court.
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“We’re not used to being pressed for 40 minutes in a game,” said Lauren Prochaska, who led the Falcons with 19 points. “They wore us down.”
Bowling Green came in making more than eight 3-pointers a game. But it didn’t make any until trailing by 15 points and finished with 2-of-6 shooting behind the arc.
“The tale of the game today was our defensive effort,” said Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph. “Being able to stop the 3-point shot the way we were able to, but also making them turn the ball over 25 times. They’re a great team. They turn the ball over only 13 times a game.
“To force that many turnovers and to stop the 3-point shot was key.”
The 25 turnovers were the most by the Falcons, winners of the Mid-American Conference tournament, in a game all season. But it was nothing new for Georgia Tech, which has forced as many as 35 turnovers this season.
The Yellow Jackets were upset that they had to play a 12th seed in its home state. Now they face fourth-seeded Ohio State on its backup home court.
The crowd was predominantly pro-Bowling Green, with the Falcons’ campus just a two-hour drive away.
At Ohio State 80, Central Florida 69: Jantel Lavender collected her 75th career double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Buckeyes (23-9) beat the 13th-seeded Golden Knights (22-11).
Ashia Kelly and D’Nay Daniels each scored 16 points for UCF (22-11).
At Tennessee 99, Stetson 34: Glory Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Volunteers (32-2) beat the Hatters (20-13).
Angie Bjorklund, a graduate of University High outside Spokane, had 13 points for Tennessee.
Marquette 68, Texas 65: Tatiyiana McMorris made a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to send the No. 8 seeded Golden Eagles (24-8) over the ninth-seeded Longhorns (19-14) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Kathleen Nash, who led Texas with 19 points, couldn’t get a proper shot off for the Longhorns before the buzzer.
Temple 63, Arizona State 45: Victoria Macauley scored 12 points to lead the 10th-seeded Owls (24-8) over the Sun Devils (20-11), the No. 7 seed, in Salt Lake City.
Kimberly Brandon led ASU with 11 points, while Becca Tobin added 10 and eight rebounds.
Tobin was 5-for-9 shooting while her teammates were a combined 12-for-46. Arizona State’s reserves did not make a shot in 15 attempts.
“Our bench was 0-for-ever and we rely on our bench,” Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “We are like dominoes. We are all good or we are all bad.”
Notre Dame 67, at Utah 54: Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel scored 20 points apiece as the second-seeded Irish (27-7) held off the Utes (18-17).
Iwalani Rodrigues led Utah with 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers.