Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, January 4

Jan. 4, 2010

Second-Half Run Powers No. 21 Virginia Past St. Bonaventure, 72-64
No. 21 Virginia rallied for a 72-64 win over St. Bonaventure Monday night at John Paul Jones Arena. After trailing by one point at halftime, the Cavaliers had a game-changing 18-6 second-half run that gave them the victory.

Senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) led UVa with 19 points, and tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) scored a career-high 13 points and hit two key 3-pointers during the Cavs' second-half run.

Virginia improved to 11-3 on the season, and won its fourth-straight game. At home in John Paul Jones Arena this year, Virginia improved to 7-2. St. Bonaventure, which began the season on an 11-game win streak and is receiving votes in both national polls, fell to 12-3 on the year. 

NC State Pulls Out 60-58 Win Over Columbia
The NC State women’s basketball is learning to win and tonight it was forced to win an ugly one, 60-58, over a scrappy Columbia squad Monday night at Reynolds Coliseum.

Sharnise Beal preserved the victory by blocking a three-point attempt in the final second to give NC State (10-5) its third-straight win in the final tune up before conference season begins.

Junior Tia Bell, who had a double-double effort off the bench with 14 points and 10 rebounds, didn’t mind the way the Wolfpack won tonight because a win is always a win. 

Clemson Women's Basketball Falls at Charlotte, 64-57
Clemson put up a strong effort, but struggled from the floor en route to a 64-57 loss at the hands of the Charlotte 49ers on Monday afternoon. Clemson (9-7) held Charlotte (7-7) without a field goal for the final 5:12 of game time, but the 49ers hit 14 free throws during the stretch to edge the Tigers in Halton Arena.

Clemson stormed out of the gate in the second half, scoring a quick five points to take a 28-24 lead in the first minute on a three by Hardy and a hoop from Pauldo, who led the Tigers with 10 points. The Tigers tied a season-best, shooting 15-17 from the line, but were only 2-20 from behind the arc, managing only 20 field goals on 76 attempts for the game, or 26.3 percent.

Jasmine Tate had a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Clemson, who had 28 offensive rebounds, the sixth-highest mark in Clemson history. The Tigers outrebounded the Niners, 51-46, but fell for the second consecutive game despite finishing with more rebounds than the opponent. Freshman Keyrra Gillespie had six points, eight rebounds, and five assists against only one turnover in 25 minutes. Kirstyn Wright added nine points for the Tigers as well. 

Richmond Slides Past Wake Forest 64-54
The Wake Forest women's basketball team fell 64-54 to Richmond on Monday evening in Winston-Salem.

Richmond's (10-4) Brittani Shells led both teams with 19 points and five rebounds. Brooke Thomas was the leading Demon Deacon (9-5) scorer with 10 points, marking the first time this season and second time in her career she's led the Deacs in points. Secily Ray had the game-high 10 rebounds.

The Deacons shot 44 percent from beyond the 3-point line (8-for-18), the team's best mark since the November 25 game against High Pont.