Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 2

Jan. 2, 2011

Ward Hits 1,000; FSU Mauls MU

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior guard Courtney Ward became the 24th player in Florida State women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career and the No. 23 Seminoles mauled the Missouri Tigers, 75-43, at Mizzou Arena.

Ward's milestone point occurred on a pretty 3-point jumper late in the first half Sunday. The long ball was part of a 25-10 opening-period run by the 'Noles (12-3), who rode that early momentum the rest of the game and stifled the Missouri (8-5) offense.

The Seminoles gave the Tigers their first home loss of the year by holding them to just 26 percent shooting and forcing 15 turnovers.

Georgia Tech Extends Win Streak To Nine With 82-51 Win Over Jacksonville State

ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team opened the 2011 calendar year and closed out the non-conference portion of its slate with an 81-52 win over Jacksonville State Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The Jackets extended their winning streak to nine, the longest winning streak since head coach MaChelle Joseph took over the program prior to the 2003-04 season and the longest since the Jackets won 10 straight from Nov. 26, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2002.

"I was really pleased with our overall effort, what you saw on the defensive end and in our transition defense," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "Ty Marshall continues to impress me, tonight she had 25 points in 23 minutes. For a freshman to do that back-to-back is really difficult. I think she continues to show why she is the best freshman in the ACC. "

#18/20 Terps Win at St. Joseph's 74-60

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The No. 18/20 Maryland women's basketball team won its 12th straight game Sunday afternoon with a 74-60 win at St. Joseph's. Freshman Alyssa Thomas led the Terrapins with her career-high 22 points.

Thomas was 7-for-12 from the line and made eight of her nine free throws. Sophomore Diandra Tchatchouang notched her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 13 boards, and junior Lynetta Kizer scored 11 with 10 rebounds. Kim Rodgers notched 10 points, including two three's.

The Terrapins trailed by as much as six in the first half. A layup by Ilze Gotfrida put the Hawks up 20-14 with just under 11 minutes remaining in the half. Thomas scored eight points to give the Terps a 32-29 lead at the break.

A layup by Anjale Barrett at 12:54 in the second half put Maryland up 50-41. The Hawks would not get within five points for the remainder of the game.

Pack Rolls in Final Out-of-Conference Tilt

RALEIGH, N.C. --- NC State cruised past Elizabeth City State 80-50 behind Bonae Holston's fifth double-double of the year, featuring 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.

"I think we needed this game," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "We've had a very long layoff. Our coaches and administrators had to work extremely hard for the past week just to get this game."

The Wolfpack (8-6) enjoyed four double-digit scorers on the afternoon. Breezy Williams matched her career-high with 13, Marissa Kastanek also had 13 on 5-of-11 shooting and 3-of-7 shooting from three-point range, and Kody Burke added 12 going 6-of-10 from the field.

Charlotte edges Tech, 60-58

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Virginia Tech's furious late-game comeback fell just short as the Hokies fell, 60-58, Sunday afternoon to Charlotte at Halton Arena. The loss snapped a four-game Tech winning streak and dropped the Hokies to 9-5 on the year, while the 49ers improved to 12-3.

Tech trailed, 56-44, with 4:40 remaining in the game before Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C) nailed a trey to start a 10-0 run. In fact, Harrison tallied eight points in the spurt as part of her career-high 26-point effort which included a career-best five, three-point baskets.