Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 7

Jan. 8, 2010

No. 13 Seminoles Drop No. 21 Cavs, 68-50

Chasity Clayton chose to sit out her first year at Florida State to improve her skills while she studied the college game. It's already paying off.

The 6-foot freshman scored a career-high 15 points and had four of her eight rebounds on offense Thursday to lead 13th-ranked Florida State to a 68-50 win over No. 21 Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.

Florida State, which shared last year's regular-season ACC title with Maryland, charged into command of the game with a 16-2 run midway through the contest that wiped out a 34-28 Virginia lead.

Alysha Harvin added 13 points and Courtney Ward had 12 for the Seminoles (14-2).

Monica Wright led Virginia (10-4) with 19 points, but was just 7 of 20 from the floor and committed six turnovers. Chelsea Shine added 10 points for the Cavaliers, who shot just 16.1 percent in the second half.

NC State Thumps Maryland in ACC Opener, 73-45

What may have been billed as a routine conference opener proved to be anything but ordinary as NC State thrashed Maryland, 73-45, on Thursday night in head coach Kellie Harper’s ACC debut at Reynolds Coliseum.

Marissa Kastanek led all scorers with 19 points, while Nikitta Gartrell added 16 and a season-best 11 rebounds for her second career double-double.

In all, the Pack shot just over 43 percent, including 6-of-14 from outside and 15-of-20 from the charity stripe. A solid defensive effort forced 25 Terrapin turnovers and a 34 percent shooting clip.

Deacons Take 66-63 Win from Hokies in Final Seconds

Freshman Sandra Garcia's 3-point basket with 23 seconds remaining in the second half pushed the trailing Wake Forest women's basketball team in front of Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Thursday night in Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest improves to 10-5 and 1-0 in the ACC with the win and Virginia Tech stalls at 10-5, 0-1.

Garcia led both teams in scoring with 22 points (7-for-13), including 3-for-5 from beyond the three point line. It was her second highest scoring effort of the season and best outing in 3-point shots.

Wake Forest freshman Asia Williams was the game's leading rebounder with eight caroms. Utahya Drye had the team-high 15 points and six rebounds for Virginia Tech.

Duke Shuts Down Clemson, 67-41

No. 9 Duke used a first-half run and relentless defense to open Atlantic Coast Conference play with its 13th straight victory over the Tigers, 67-41 on Thursday night.

Cheek was a big reason why the Blue Devils (13-2) got this victory. She and Jasmine Thomas had 15 points each. The two helped Duke to a 21-6 first-half run to take control, while the Blue Devils defense did the rest.

Clemson's point total was the lowest in its history against Duke. The Tigers missed 13 shots in a row during one stretch and finished shooting 25 percent (13 of 52) from the field.

Shaniqua Pauldo scored 12 points to lead Clemson, which has lost its last 38 games against ranked opponents.

Bridgette Mitchell added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

BC Women's Basketball Cruises Past Dartmouth, 84-46

Junior Carolyn Swords notched her fifth consecutive double-double (18 points and 12 rebounds) as Boston College (9-6) defeated Dartmouth (4-9), 84-46, in front of 606 fans at Conte Forum.

The Eagles had five players in double figures. Along with Swords, senior Mickel Picco added 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the three-point line, while Stefanie Murphy had 10 points and seven rebounds. Junior Jaclyn Thoman added 10 points, while sophomore Jasmine Gill notched 13 points.

BC never trailed in the contest as the Eagles opened the game on a 12-4 run behind six points from Swords and four from Murphy. In the run continued as BC pushed the lead to 24-4 when Swords hit a layup at 10:45 in the game. A foul shot by Dartmouth's Brittney Smith (eight points, four rebounds) at 9:59 broke a 17 point offensive run by BC.