Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, January 14

Jan. 14, 2011

Thomas Guides No. 3 Duke to 87-70 Win Over No. 21 FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Duke’s Jasmine Thomas was just too much for Florida State.

Thomas scored 22 points to lead the third-ranked Blue Devils to an 87-70 road victory, delivering not only several clutch shots but finishing off the No. 21 Seminoles with game highs in rebounds, assists and steals.

“She’s just clutch all of the time,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said afterward. “She just makes their team go.”

The Blue Devils (16-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got 15 points each from freshmen Haley Peters and Tricia Liston, while Chelsea Gray, also a freshman, added 13. Duke got 46 of its points from first-year players.

Tar Heels Hold Off NC State, 83-76

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Italee Lucas scored 19 points as No. 11 North Carolina held on to beat rival North Carolina State 83-76 on Friday night.

Chay Shegog scored 13 points for the Tar Heels (16-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avenged last year's surprising home loss to the Wolfpack by pushing ahead by double figures late in the first half and holding on the rest of the way. North Carolina led by 16 at halftime and increased that margin to 62-38 early in the second half.

The only problem was the Tar Heels couldn't close out the scrappy Wolfpack (9-8, 1-2), who kept fighting and nearly came all the way back behind Marissa Kastanek. The sophomore scored a career-high 30 points and hit six 3-pointers, the last of which pulled N.C. State within five points with 17 seconds left.

The Tar Heels used an 11-0 run in the first half to take a 37-22 lead on Waltiea Rolle's stickback with 2:30 left, then pushed the lead to 24 points on Lucas' transition layup with about 13 minutes left.

And yet the Wolfpack seemed to inch closer with each passing minute the rest of the game.

Kastanek's fifth 3 cut the lead to 65-56 with about 8 1/2 minutes left before the Tar Heels answered with six straight points to push the margin back to 15. N.C. State twice closed to within eight points in the final 4 minutes, then got a catch-and-shoot 3 from Kastanek to make it 81-76 with 17 seconds left.

Hurricanes Top Clemson, 77-48, Push Win Streak to 16

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Riquna Williams scored a season-high 29 points to help No. 22 Miami win its first game as a ranked team this season with a 77-48 victory over Clemson on Friday night.

The Hurricanes (17-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 16th straight game, tied with No. 3 Duke for the longest streak in the nation.

Williams, a junior guard who came with an ACC-best 19.8 scoring average, made 11 of 15 shots, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range. She also had five assists and six steals in only 22 minutes.

Miami scored the first eight points of the game and led the whole way. The Hurricanes were ahead 43-14 by halftime.

Shenise Johnson added 18 points for Miami, which improved to 14-0 at home this season.

Sthefany Thomas scored 17 points on 5-of-20 shooting for Clemson (8-10, 1-2).