Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 8

Jan. 8, 2012

No. 5 Maryland Defeats UNC in Overtime, 78-72

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tianna Hawkins grabbed a missed free throw and scored with 1:49 left in overtime to help No. 5 Maryland beat No. 25 North Carolina 78-72 on Sunday.

Hawkins' putback gave the Terrapins (16-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 73-72 lead, and they held on from there.

Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points for Maryland, including a reverse layup as time expired in regulation. Anjale Barrett added 16 points, going 4 for 4 on free throws in the final 1:08 of overtime.

Virginia Wins on the Road at Clemson, 54-47

CLEMSON, S.C. - Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) had her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Virginia women's basketball team to a 54-47 victory at Clemson on Sunday (Jan. 8).

The victory improved Virginia's overall record to 13-4 (1-2 ACC) and gave Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle her first Atlantic Coast Conference win. With the loss, Clemson dropped to 4-10 on the year (0-3 ACC).

Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) added 13 points and seven rebounds for Virginia. Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) scored 10 points and had four steals.

Deacons Use Balanced Attack to Down Boston College 72-58

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest bounced-back from a tough loss Friday night with a solid team effort on Sunday against Boston College, downing the Eagles 72-58.

The win was the first ACC victory of the season for the Demon Deacons, who are now 11-4 on the year and 1-1 in the conference. Boston College falls to 5-10 overall and 0-2 in the ACC.

After having just one player score in double-figures on Friday night, Wake had much better balance on Sunday, as six players scored between eight and 12 points. Lakevia Boykin, who scored a career-high 25 points against Duke, scored 12 points and recorded a career-high tying four steals on Sunday. Junior Asia Williams also finished with 12 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

Florida State Uses Fast Start to Race Past Virginia Tech on Sunday

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech came onto the court amidst a cloud of smoke on Sunday at the Cassell Coliseum, but the Florida State women's basketball team was the squad that came out on fire.

Sophomore forward Natasha Howard scored a dozen points in the first 10 minutes, and the Seminoles jumped out to a 30-4 lead en route to a dominating 75-40 win over the Hokies.

The Hokies burst onto the coliseum floor amidst some introductory smoke right before the game started, but came out flat.

Duke Surges Past NC State 83-59

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Richa Jackson scored a career-high 19 points to help No. 7 Duke beat North Carolina State 83-59 on Sunday.

Tricia Liston added 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had six players score in double figures. Duke led the entire game, though the Blue Devils had some trouble putting away the Wolfpack until blowing the game open in the final minutes.

Duke shot 47 percent and scored 37 points off 24 turnovers by the Wolfpack (10-6, 0-3), with Chelsea Gray adding 12 points and eight assists while leading the Blue Devils' attack.