GREENSBORO-- Junior forward Alyssa Thomas recorded the first triple-double in tournament history and the Maryland Terrapins eked out a 92-81 overtime victory over Wake Forest in the third quarterfinal of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday.
The Terrapins (24-6, 14-4 ACC) now advance to Saturday's semifinal round against North Carolina. Thomas' effort (32 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) was aided by Tianna Hawkins' double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) and 14 points from Chloe Pavlech.
Wake Forest (13-19, 5-13 ACC) was led by junior guard Chelsea Douglas' career-best 31 points, Asia Williams (19 points) and Lakevia Boykin (17 points). Sandra Garcia added 8 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
"What you see with A.T. is what makes her the two-time player of the year," Terp head coach Brenda Frese said. "All the plays that she makes for this team, with her ability to score the ball, with her ability to be able to lead and get assists for everyone on the team, and then her ability to be able to go to the glass."
The game was a frenetic, back-and-forth affair that featured 8 ties and 8 lead changes. Wake Forest grabbed a 7-point lead on a Boykin jumper with 6:55 remaining before Katie Rutan and Thomas orchestrated a 7-0 run to knot the game. The lead then changed hands several times over the final five minutes before Garcia calmly sank two free throws with five seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.
In the end, it was all about Thomas. Wake Forest never could solve her relentless attack as Thomas scored 7 of the first 10 points in overtime and held the Deacons to just two Douglas free throws in the extra period.
The loss marks the final game for Wake Forest seniors Lakevia Boykin, Asia Williams, Sandra Garcia, Mykala Walker and Patrice Johnson.
"What a pleasure to coach this group," coach Jen Hoover said. "Through our ups and downs we stuck together and believed in each other and they fought hard for each other and they fought hard for me. Those five seniors, they came to Wake because they knew it was a special place and it was an amazing chance and opportunity, and they fought, and they proved to people that we can play with just about anybody."
Coach Hoover also gave a nod to the future of the program while paying homage to her departing seniors.
"We've just got to keep being resilient," Hoover said. "We've go to stay focused and just continue to keep building on that. That's what we owe these five seniors."