Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, January 2

Jan. 2, 2012

No. 25 Carolina Rallies Past No. 12 Miami, 65-63

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Chay Shegog hit the go-ahead free throws with 1:11 left, helping No. 25 North Carolina rally past No. 12 Miami 65-63 on Monday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Shegog finished with 20 points to lead the Tar Heels (11-2, 1-0 ACC), who won despite finishing with a season-high 31 turnovers. North Carolina trailed by eight with about 5 1/2 minutes left before fighting back to take its first lead on Shegog's free throws.

Freshman Brittany Rountree added 14 points, including two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to push UNC's lead to four.

Miami (11-3, 0-1) had a chance to tie it late, but Riquna Williams missed a layup after pushing past Rountree in transition. Shegog grabbed the rebound and was fouled with two seconds left. She missed both free throws, but Morgan Stroman's hurried heave from beyond midcourt wasn't close as the horn sounded.

Virginia Tech rolls past Clemson, 55-33, in ACC opener

CLEMSON, S.C. – Behind a career-high 24 points from Aerial Wilson, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team claimed a 55-33 decision over ACC foe Clemson on Monday night at Littlejohn Coliseum in the conference opener for both teams.

“As good of start to a basketball game as I’ve ever been involved in,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. “The kids deserve a world of credit to their approach to our first ACC game. Aerial Wilson had her best game as a Hokie and our team defense was as good as we could have hoped for.”

Tech’s (5-9, 1-0 ACC) Wilson also recorded four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Monet Tellier added 12 points and six rebounds, while Latorri Hines-Allen knocked down eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Porschia Hadley also dropped in eight points for the Hokies.

The Lady Tigers (4-8, 0-1 ACC) were led by Natiece Ford and Quinyotta Pettaway with eight points each. Chelsea Lindsay pulled down seven rebounds.

Duke Opens ACC Play With 77-66 Win Over Virginia

DURHAM, N.C. -- Tricia Liston had 18 points to lead four players in double figures for No. 7 Duke, which blew past Virginia 77-66 Monday night in the ACC opener for both teams.

Haley Peters added 13 points, Richa Jackson 12 and Chelsea Gray 11 with eight assists for the Blue Devils (10-2), who have won 19 straight in the series.

The contest marked the first return to Cameron Indoor Stadium of former Duke player and assistant coach Joanne Boyle as the Cavaliers' head coach.

Ataira Franklin led Virginia (12-3) with 19 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:49 left, while Ariana Moorer added 18.

Georgia Tech Gets ACC-Opening Win, 76-66, At NC State

Raleigh, N.C. - Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall finished with 22 points as the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (11-3, 1-0 ACC) opened the conference portion of its schedule with a 76-66 win at NC State (10-4, 0-1 ACC) Monday night at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.

It was Marshall's third 20-plus point game of the year and the ninth of her young career. Classmate Dawnn Maye, who was in double digits at intermission, finished with a career-high 17 points and senior point guard Metra Walthour added 11. Senior forward Chelsea Regins came off the bench to finish with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

"I think everyone came out focused and ready to win," Marshall said. "We were trying to go 1-0 to start ACC play. Everyone came out and stepped up, especially Dawnn, everybody played their role.

"It was important to come in here and play well," Marshall added. "With ACC play starting, we talked about how focused we needed to be. We told the freshman how tough it was going to be to come in here to NC State or any other ACC place and win. We came out tonight and did it."

No. 5 Maryland Dominates Florida State In ACC Opener, 91-70

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Laurin Mincy scored 23 points, Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Tiana Hawkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds as No. 5 Maryland remained unbeaten with a 91-70 rout of Florida State on Monday night.

Hawkins was 7 of 7 from the floor in the first half and had nine rebounds for Maryland (14-0, 1-0 ACC), which won the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Alexa Deluzio tied a career high with 23 points, and Cierra Bravard added 14 points for Florida State (8-7, 0-1).

Maryland trailed 19-18 but went on a 10-0 run, capped by Mincy's 3-pointer with 9:01 left in the first half, to pull away.

Ruffin, Shields Leads Women's Basketball Past CCSU, 57-49

Chestnut Hill, MA - Sophomore Tiffany Ruffin scored six points down the stretch to lead Boston College past non-conference foe Central Connecticut 57-49 at Conte Forum on Monday night. Boston College is now 5-8, while CCSU is 6-6.

Ruffin scored all six of her points in the final five minutes. She also notched a season-high eight assists. BC was led by junior Kerri Shields with 16 points, including four three-pointers along with six rebounds. Katie Zenevitch had 14 points and six rebounds along with two blocks in the game.

BC began to heat up when Shields hit a three-pointer for a 35-34 with under 11 minutes to play. It slipped away on the next possession as Jessica Babe hit a reverse layup for CCSU. But Alyssa Fressle (seven points, five boards) hit two straight baskets which gave BC a three point lead with 7:59 to play.