Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 12

Jan. 12, 2012

Lady Tigers Upset No. 21/ No. 23 North Carolina in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Clemson women's basketball team ended a 53-game losing streak against ranked foes with a 52-47 triumph against No. 21/23 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Thursday. Clemson (5-10, 1-3 ACC) held the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-2 ACC) nearly 31 points below their season scoring average and out-shot out-rebounded North Carolina for their first win in Chapel Hill since Jan. 10, 2000, one year after head coach Itoro Coleman graduated from Clemson.

It was Coleman's signature victory in her young coaching career, as her imprint was demonstrated by the fact that Clemson started and played three freshmen more than 35 minutes on Thursday. The win snapped a 17-game skid overall to the Tar Heels, and a five game streak this season.

It was the fifth straight game that Clemson held an opponent below 60 points, and the Tigers held a second straight ACC opponent below 30 percent from the field. The 47 points were the fewest by a Clemson ACC opponent on the road since 2002.

It was a team effort, but Quinyotta Pettaway sparkled with 16 points and 12 rebounds, both tying career highs in front of many friends and family. Fellow North Carolina native Chelsea Lindsay hit 6-6 from the line and 4-4 in the last two minutes. She totaled eight points, five rebounds, and five assists and played all but 30 seconds in the game.

Georgia Tech Tops Wake Forest 71-67

Duluth, Ga. - Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall tallied her second double-double of the season with game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (12-5, 2-2 ACC) to a 71-67 win over the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-5, 1-2 ACC) Thursday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

It was Marshall's second career double-double and the 10th time in her young career in which she has scored at least 20 points. Marshall hit the double digit scoring mark by intermission, scoring 10 points in the opening 20 minutes, and marking the 16th time in Tech's 17 games in which she has scored at least 10 points.

Senior center Sasha Goodlett added 19 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Wake Forest grabbed its largest lead of the first half, and the biggest advantage by either side, off a layup by Sandra Garcia to give the Demon Deacons a 16-12 lead at the 12:44 mark. Marshall's jumper in the paint sparked a 12-3 Yellow Jacket run to give the home team a 22-16 lead at the midway point of the opening frame.

Williams Leads #13 Canes Over No. 5 Maryland, 75-63

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Riquna Williams scored 34 points and No. 13-ranked Miami defeated a top-five team for the first time by beating No. 5 Maryland 75-63 Thursday night.

Williams tied a career high with eight 3-pointers, the last coming with two minutes left to put Miami ahead by 11 points. The Hurricanes won despite missing 21 consecutive shots in the first half, when they went 10 minutes without a basket to squander an early 12-point lead.

The Hurricanes (14-3 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their home winning streak to 34 games. Maryland (16-1, 3-1) was held 21 points below its scoring average of 84.4 points per game, best in the nation.

Wolfpack Routs BC 80-57 as Kastanek Eclipses 1,000-Point Mark

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Wolfpack women opened with a flourish on a 12-0 run, then shrugged off a Boston College charge at the end of the first half, to storm past the Eagles 80-57 Thursday night in Reynolds Coliseum.

NC State enjoyed outstanding performances from Bonae Holston and Marissa Kastanek as Holston turned in a dominant 19-point, 15-rebound effort, and Kastanek topped 1,000 points for her career by chipping in 21 on 8-of-13 from the field.

Kastanek dished a team-high five assists in addition to her 21 to lead all scorers. Kody Burke nearly posted a double-double with seven points and nine rebounds. Krystal Barrett joined Kastanek and Holston as the only other Wolfpacker in double figures with 12.

Cavaliers Top Virginia Tech, 52-39

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) netted her 1,000th-career point as the Virginia women's basketball team (14-4, 2-2 ACC) topped Virginia Tech, 52-39, Thursday at John Paul Jones Arena. The victory also marked the 800th win in the history of the Cavalier program.

Moorer finished with 11 points, one of three Virginia players in double figures, and led the team on the boards with a game-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) paced the Cavaliers with 13 points while sophomore guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) added 12.

Moorer reached the 1,000th-point plateau on a free throw early in the second half, becoming the 27th player in program history to reach the milestone.