Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 6

Jan. 6, 2013

Gray's Triple-Double Leads No. 3 Duke Past BC, 90-53

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Chelsea Gray couldn't suppress her happiness after picking up her 10th assist of the game. And she couldn't hide it afterward when she talked about matching Dawn Staley's conference record with a second career triple-double.

"I'm not surprised," Duke coach Joanne McCallie said after Gray scored had 18 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 3 Duke to a 90-53 victory over Boston College on Sunday. "She'll be getting a lot more of those, I'm sure."

Gray had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the first half, when Duke scored 12 of the first 14 points and made it 32-5 just 11 1/2 minutes into the game. She was stuck on nine assists until McCallie told her to "make a nice pass" in the final minutes - and she did, hitting Richa Jackson for an open jumper with 56 seconds left.


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Maryland Holds Off No. 19 Florida State, 71-64

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three scored in double figures to help the eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball stay the course to hold off No. 19 Florida State, 71-64, Sunday at Comcast center.

All-American Alyssa Thomas led the way with 20 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Tianna Hawkins, the ACC's leading scorer and rebounder, added 17 points and nine boards, while freshman Tierney Pfirman scored 12.

Maryland (11-3, 2-1 ACC) dominated the glass, 48-30, and held the Seminoles to just eight offensive rebounds in the game. Florida State's 64 points was its lowest points total this year.

"Just a great ACC game and battle. This is what they are all going to be about. I thought we showed a lot of character coming bouncing back from our loss to Carolina. Coming out and making a statement early in the first half, great energy in terms of how we defended and rebounded the basketball and shared the basketball," head coach Brenda Frese said.


Deacons Down NC State, 69-56

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest put together its most complete game of the year and picked-up its first ACC victory with a 69-56 win over NC State Sunday afternoon.

The Deacons remain perfect at home and are now 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. With the loss, NC State falls to 8-7 on the year and 0-3 in the conference. Coupled with last season's 70-57 victory at NC State, the Deacons have now won back-to-back games over the Wolfpack for the first time since 1996.

The key stretch in the game came midway through the second half when the Deacons used a 12-3 run over a five minute span to break open a five point game. The run gave Wake Forest a comfortable 14-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Wake Forest junior Chelsea Douglas was 7-of-13 from the floor, including a season-best 4-of-6 from long range, and finished with a game-high 21 points. It was Douglas' third 20-point of the season and the sixth of her career.


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Miami Stays Perfect In ACC, Tops Virginia 58-52

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes improved to 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for just the second time in program history, toppling the Virginia Cavaliers 58-52 Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.

Seniors Stefanie Yderstrom and Morgan Stroman combined for 30 points in the win, Miami's 10th-straight at home and fifth-straight overall.

Neither team was able to pull away in the first half, even after the Hurricanes (12-2, 3-0 ACC) opened the game on a 7-2 run in just over two minutes. A three-pointer from Yderstrom opened the scoring, while a fast-break layup from Stroman put Miami up by five with 17:41 to go.


Offensive Outburst Powers Yellow Jackets To 81-59 Win At Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - Sydney Wallace's 19 points powered Georgia Tech's best offensive performance of the season and the Yellow Jackets (8-6, 1-2 ACC) earned their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season with an 81-59 victory over the Clemson Lady Tigers (4-10, 0-3 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

Tech finished the day with season-highs of 81 points, 53.7 percent shooting and eight 3-pointers. It was also the most points and the best shooting percentage by a Clemson opponent this year.

Wallace's 19 points were a season-high and junior Tyaunna Marshall tossed in 11 for the Jackets. Tech's depth proved key against the Lady Tigers, who only list eight players. The Yellow Jacket reserves finished with 44 points to only eight for Clemson's bench players.


No. 15 Tar Heels Hang On For 48-45 Win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Xylina McDaniel had 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 14 points as No. 15 North Carolina held on to beat Virginia Tech, 48-45, Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Carolina improved to 15-1 with the win, and the Tar Heels are 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since 2009.

Virginia Tech (7-7, 1-2 ACC) led 20-11 with 5:07 left in the first half before Carolina went on an 11-2 run to close the frame and send the teams into the locker room tied at 22. Ruffin-Pratt had six of her 14 during the run, including a late bucket to tie the game.

Waltiea Rolle's putback to open the second half gave UNC its first lead since 3-2 and the Tar Heels would not trail again, but not before the Hokies made it interesting late.