Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 3

Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 3

No. 15 Tar Heels Top No. 8 Terps, 60-57

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) ---Tierra Ruffin-Pratt briefly let Maryland's best 3-point shooter get away from her. She recovered in time to prevent a sure-thing victory from slipping away.

Ruffin-Pratt scored 13 points and blocked a 3-pointer in the final seconds of No. 15 North Carolina's 60-57 victory over No. 8 Maryland on Thursday night.

Brittany Rountree also had 13 points and Waltiea Rolle added 12 for North Carolina (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which blew most of an 11-point second-half lead and was just 1 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute but won its seventh straight and first in the series since 2010.

Gray, Peters Push No. 3 Duke Past NC State 67-57

RALEIGH, N.C. – Duke waited until the last eight minutes or so to play its best at North Carolina State.

It was still good enough to keep the third-ranked Blue Devils unbeaten.

Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Duke beat N.C. State 67-57 on Thursday night, winning its eighth straight meeting in Raleigh.

Chelsea Gray added 20 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had to fight into the final minutes to put away the Wolfpack.

No. 19 Seminoles beats conference-rival Georgia Tech 85-78

ATLANTA - Trailing by nine points in the second half, the 19th-ranked Florida State women's basketball team fought back to secure an 85-78 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion.

The Seminoles were led by senior point guard Morgan Toles, who finished with 18 points, 10 assists and zero turnovers. Her scooping layup gave the Seminoles a six-point lead with one minute remaining and her steal 20 seconds later sealed the victory.

The Seminoles allowed Georgia Tech to shoot 59 percent in the first half, but buckled down in the second half, forcing the Yellow Jackets to shoot just 31 percent after the break.

Yderstrom Nets 1000th Point in W Over Clemson

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Stefanie Yderstrom became just the 23rd player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau, as the Miami Hurricanes dispatched the visiting Clemson Tigers 78-56 Thursday night at the BankUnited Center.

Yderstrom, who entered the contest averaging 19.0 points in the team's last three games, helped the Canes improve their record to 11-2 overall and 2-0 ACC.

Appropriately enough, fellow senior Morgan Stroman assisted on the layup that helped Yderstrom reach the milestone with 7:46 left in the second half. On her 18th and final point of the night, head coach Katie Meier immediately called timeout for Yderstrom to be recognized by the home crowd.

Cavaliers Hold Off Hokies For a 52-48 Victory

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.) scored five points in the final minutes to help the Cavaliers hold on for a 52-48 victory over Virginia Tech Thursday night (Jan. 3).

Virginia led by 13 points early in the second period, but Virginia Tech chipped away at the lead, coming back to tie the game, 39-39, with seven minutes remaining. The Hokies took their first lead of the game, 46-45, with 1:48 left in the game. Crosby drove to the hoop, converting an and-one with 53 seconds remaining to put the Cavaliers back up by two. She knocked down a pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining to extend the lead and secure the victory.

"We are really excited to get our first ACC win," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "Virginia Tech played hard and when they got down, they didn't quit. They came back and gave us a game."