2021 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Greensboro Coliseum (March 3-7)
First Round – Wednesday, March 3
Game 1: No. 12 Pitt vs No. 13 Boston College, 56-67 Box Score (PDF)
BC's Cameron Swartz poured in a career-high 33 points in Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament opener, leading the 13th-seeded Eagles to a 67-56 victory over No. 12 seed Pitt.
Boston College and Syracuse will be meeting for the second time in a week on Thursday. The Orange claimed a 92-75 win at the Carrier Dome when the teams met on Feb. 25. Syracuse also won the first regular-season meeting between the teams on Dec. 20 by an 83-70 score.
Second Round - Thursday, March 4
Game 2: No. 8 North Carolina vs No. 9 Wake Forest, 71-82
Jewel Spear tallying a career-high 29 points on 7-for-10 shooting from 3-point range while leading the ninth-seeded Demon Deacons to an 82-71 win over eighth-seeded North Carolina in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The seven made 3-pointers tied an ACC Tournament single-game record as Wake Forest won its 126th game under Jen Hoover, making her the winningest head coach in program history.
Game 3: No. 5 Syracuse vs No. 13 Boston College, 67-61 Box Score
Syracuse's Kiara Lewis scored 21 points, Digna Strautmane added 13, and Emily Engstler pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to go with eight points as Syracuse (13-7) held on for a 67-61 win and a spot opposite No. 4 Florida State in Friday’s 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal game at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Game 4: No. 7 Virginia Tech vs No. 10 Miami, 72-64 Box Score
Virginia Tech claimed a 72-64 win in Thursday night’s second-round game at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Hokies' Kitley and Cayla King, who starred at nearby Northwest Guilford High, made a triumphant return to their home county Thursday night by combining for 31 points. Hokies’ All-ACC Freshman guard Georgia Amoore matched Kitley for team-high scoring honors with 16 points while handing out a game-high five assists. D’asia Gregg posted her first double-double at Virginia Tech with season highs in both points (13) and rebounds (10).
Canes' Destiny Harden had (a career-high 27 points, 11 rebounds).
Game 5: No. 6 Notre Dame vs No. 11 Clemson, 68-63
Freshman phenom Gabby Elliott showed out in her ACC Tournament debut, making 10 shots from the floor and amassing a career-high 25 points. She also secured seven rebounds and nabbed six steals. Kendall Spray poured in a trio of shots from beyond the arc and finished with 13 points to go along with her four steals. Delicia Washington collected 11 points, seven assists and five boards, and Amari Robinson registered 10 points and eight rebounds. For Notre Dame, Maddy Westbeld scored a team-leading 21 points.
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 5
Game 6: No. 1 Louisville vs No. 9 Wake Forest, 65-53 Box Score (PDF)
Louisville (22-2) advanced to Saturday’s noon semifinal game against the winner of Friday’s second quarterfinal between No. 4 seed Florida State (10-7) and No. 5 Syracuse (13-7).
Van Lith, a 5-7 guard from Wenatchee, Washington, went 6-for-10 from 3-point range, including a pair from long range in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals broke open a 46-46 stalemate with a 13-0 run.
Game 7: No. 4 Florida State vs No. 5 Syracuse, 67-68 Box Score
Syracuse edged Florida State, 68-67, in the most dramatic of fashions as freshman Kamilla Cardoso rebounded an airball and rolled in a follow shot as the buzzer sounded. The win propelled the Orange (14-7) into Saturday’s noon semifinal against top-seeded Louisville (22-2).
Cardoso finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, leading five Syracuse players scoring in double figures and keying the Orange to a 41-32 edge on the boards.
The Seminoles’ Jackson led all scorers with 25 points.
Game 8: No. 2 NC State vs No. 7 Virginia Tech, 68-55 Box Score
Cunane delivered a game-high 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Wolfpack (18-2) to a 68-55 win.
Cunane, who hails from nearby Summerfield, North Carolina, connected on 10-of-15 shots from the floor and 7-of-8 from the foul line. She scored 18 points in the second half as the Wolfpack avenged an overtime loss to the Hokies during the regular season and advanced to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. semifinal game versus third-seeded Georgia Tech or No. 11 Clemson.
Jada Boyd added 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for NC State and point guard Raina Perez handed out a game-high six assists and connected on a key 3-pointer as the Wolfpack pulled away in the final eight minutes.
Sophomore center Elizabeth Kitley led Virginia Tech (14-9) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Georgia Amoore added 12 points.
Game 9: No. 3 Georgia Tech vs No. 11 Clemson, 60-57 Box Score
Kierra Fletcher led Georgia Tech with 21 points, including a driving layup with 24.5 seconds left that gave the Yellow Jackets a 60-55 lead. Teammate Lorela Cubaj pulled down an eye-opening 18 rebounds and added 12 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes. Freshman Loyal McQueen added 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
Tigers' was led by senior guard Delicia Washington, who had a game-high 24 points and a 14-point effort by sophomore Amari Robinson.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 6
Game 10: No. 1 Louisville vs No. 5 Syracuse, 72-59
Game 11: No. 2 NC State vs No. 3 Georgia Tech, 66-61 Box Score
Senior Kai Crutchfield led the Pack's attack in the fourth quarter with eight points in the final eight and a half minutes. She finished with 10 points on the day.
Elissa Cunane once again led all scorers on the floor with 23 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and hauling in nine rebounds. Kayla Jones (12 points) and Jakia Brown-Turner (10 points) also hit double figures in scoring on the day.
Lorela Cubaj turned in a double-double for Georgia Tech with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Lotta-Maj Lahtinen scored 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor.
Championship – No. 2 NC State vs No. 1 Louisville, 58-56 Box Score
Wolfpack junior center Elissa Cunane, who averaged 23.3 points and nine rebounds in three games here this weekend, was named the ACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Cunane scored a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds. She scored nine of her 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Dana Evans led the Cardinals with 15 points, and Smith added 13.
Elissa Cunane, NC State (MVP)
Kai Crutchfield, NC State
Dana Evans, Louisville
Kianna Smith, Louisville
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech
Emily Engstler, Syracuse
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech
Jewel Spear, Wake Forest
Cameron Swartz, Boston College