Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 14

Jan. 14, 2010

Hokies shock 10th-ranked UNC 79-64
Can a 15-point blowout victory, one in which the winning team led by as many as 23 with eight minutes to play, be accurately called an upset?

Maybe, maybe not. But for the Virginia Tech women's basketball team, the answer is a resounding yes.

The Hokies (11-5, 1-1), winless against ranked teams since early 2006 and winless against preseason ACC favorite North Carolina (13-3, 1-1) since 1984, pulled off one for the memories on Thursday night, toppling the 10th-ranked Tar Heels to record a 79-64 victory in the conference home opener at Cassell Coliseum.

No. 7 Duke Downs No. 25 Miami, 69-62
Being the last unbeaten team in Atlantic Coast Conference play wasn't something Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie was willing to enjoy.

And nearly knocking off the nation's No. 7 team wasn't enough to make Miami coach Katie Meier happy, either.

Reserve Krystal Thomas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke remained perfect in the ACC by beating No. 25 Miami 69-62 on Thursday night. The win, combined with losses by North Carolina and Boston College, left the Blue Devils as the last no-loss team in the conference race.

Noles Rout Clemson
Courtney Ward thought Florida State had something to prove, especially after its disappointing performance last time out.

The 16th-ranked Seminoles not only lost a game at Miami, but saw the end of a 17-game road winning streak that lasted nearly two years.

Florida State certainly did that with an 80-50 victory over Clemson on Thursday night.

No. 20 Georgia Tech Wins Over Wake Forest, 72-66
Brigitte Ardossi had a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 21 Georgia Tech to a 72-66 victory over Wake Forest on Thursday night.

Alex Montgomery had 15 points on five 3-pointers and added five assists for the Yellow Jackets (15-3 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who improved to 8-0 at home.

Ardossi shot 10 for 15 from the floor and 9 for 12 at the foul line. The 6-foot-2 senior from Australia came in averaging team highs of 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Maryland Downs BC, 72-65
Maryland won their fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference home opener as they defeated Boston College 72-65 in Comcast Center. The Terps have won all 12 home games this season. They have continued to extend their program-record of consecutive home contests won to an unprecedented 48 games.

Maryland finished with four players in double-figures for the eighth time this season. The Terps outscored the Eagles inside the paint, 40-20, thanks to the Maryland bigs who notched double-figures in the game. Freshman forward Tianna Hawkins earned her third career double-double in the win with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. It was the second consecutive game and eighth time this season Hawkins has tallied 10 or more boards in a game. Sophomore center Lynetta Kizer added 12 points to score.

Freshman forward Diandra Tchatchouang finished with a game-high 18 points hitting 9-of-16 from the field. Her double-figure performance was the 14th of the season for the La Courneuve, France, native. Senior guard Lori Bjork hit four of her six treys to aid in her 15 point performance and Maryland's 50.0 percent showing from beyond the arc.