Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, January 3

Jan. 3, 2011

Brittany Waters' 22 Points Leads Wake Forest Past SMU, 66-49

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest senior Brittany Waters scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Demon Deacons to a 66-49 victory over visiting SMU Monday evening at the Joel Coliseum.

The win lifts the Deacons back over .500 on the year at 8-7 while the loss snaps the Mustangs two-game winning streak and drops them to 7-6 on the season.

Waters finished the game with a season-high tying 22 points while also totaling six rebounds and five steals. The Orlando, Fla., native has played well over the last three games, averaging 18 points and six rebounds per contest and has a total of 10 steals.

In addition to Waters, sophomores Lakevia Boykin and Sandra Garcia each finished with 13 points on the evening. Garcia was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor and also grabbed two rebounds while Boykin tied a career-high with five rebounds.

Freshman Chelsea Douglas came through for the Deacs in a couple of tough spots, finishing the game 2-of-3 from beyond the arc for six points. She also led the team with five assists which tied her season-high.

For the Mustangs, Christine Elliott scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while Raquel Christian finished with 10 points and two steals.

Clemson Snaps Skid With 77-71 Win

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson women's basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 77-71 win over North Carolina A&T (4-7) on Monday night in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Lady Tigers (7-8) shot a season-high 51.9 percent, and Shaniqua Pauldo scored 12 of her 22 points during a crucial second half run as Clemson pulled away.

The Lady Tigers will open ACC play on Thursday as they travel to NC State for a 7:00 pm showdown with the Wolfpack.

Pauldo scored her 22 points on 9-14 shooting, including 14 in the second half, while senior Kirstyn Wright had 24 points, and tied a school and career record with six made three-point goals. She made her first six attempts, and her attempt at a school-record seventh straight rimmed out in the second half.

Wright filled the stat sheet, adding five rebounds, five steals, four assists, and a block in the game. Senior Jasmine Tate also had a strong all-around game, going 4-8 from the field for eight points, and adding six rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots. Bryelle Smith had a season-high nine points, six rebounds, and three steals from the point guard position.

Cavaliers Outlast Richmond, 75-62

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia outlasted in-state foe Richmond, 75-62, Monday night in women's basketball action at John Paul Jones Arena. Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Cavaliers with 18 points, including eight in the final four minutes of the game to help seal the win for UVa.

With the victory, Virginia improved to 10-5 overall and an unbeaten 8-0 at John Paul Jones Arena this season. Richmond's record went to 9-5 on the season.

Junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added 14 points and four rebounds for Virginia, while sophomore center Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) barely missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Junior Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) scored in double figures for the seventh-consecutive game - netting 10 - while grabbing seven rebounds.

In the first half, Virginia earned a 26-19 lead after a burst of six-consecutive baskets capped off by a lay-up by Shine with 7:52 left in the period.

No. 8 North Carolina Rolls to 97-40 Win Over NC Central

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Krista Gross and Waltiea Rolle scored 16 points each to lead No. 8 North Carolina to a 97-40 win over North Carolina Central on Monday night in the Tar Heels final ACC tuneup.

The Tar Heels (14-0) got off to a slow start, and trailed 18-17 before taking a 39-30 halftime lead. North Carolina scored the first 15 points of the second half and put the game away with a late 36-0 run, holding the Lady Eagles (2-11) without a point for nearly 11 minutes.

North Carolina, which is one of four unbeaten teams left, outrebounded N.C. Central 56-37 and forced 27 turnovers.

Blaire Houston scored 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles.

Boston College Falls to Dayton, 89-77

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College women's basketball team fell to Dayton, 89-77, at Conte Forum on Monday night. BC dropped to 12-2 on the season, while Dayton improved to 9-5.

BC was led by senior forward Stefanie Murphy with 21 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Freshman Shyra Brown added 18 points (10-for-11 from the foul line), while Kristin Doherty had nine. Dayton's Justine Raterman had 21 points while Kristin Daugherty added 19 points.

The Eagles were down a season-low 46-29 at the half. BC shot a season-low 28 percent from the field in the first half and 10 percent from the three-point line.

Boston College whittled the Dayton halftime lead from 17 to 11 points at 16:17 on an 8-4 run to start the half. Dayton had four foul shots and no field goals in the first four minutes of play. Jaclyn Thoman cut the lead to nine points on a driving lefty layup at 14:48. Minutes later she would pick up her third foul and was forced to sit. Swords would pick up her fourth foul at 13:57. It was also the Eagles seventh foul of the half.