Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 16

Jan. 16, 2011

No. 3 Duke Cruises to Win Over Virginia Tech, 57-43

BLACKSBURG, Va.-Allison Vernerey had 15 points and seven rebounds Sunday and No. 3 Duke cruised past Virginia Tech for the 14th consecutive time, 57-43.

The Blue Devils (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off three consecutive victories against ranked teams, used an early 16-2 run to open a 20-6 lead. Jasmine Thomas started it with a foul line jumper and added a 3-pointer, and Tricia Liston also scored five.

Duke led 34-21 at halftime, but missed its first eight shots after halftime while Virginia Tech (9-9, 0-4) scored six straight points to get within seven. Thomas ended the dry spell with a 15-footer, sparking a 9-0 run, and the Hokies never got closer than 10 again.

Shanel Harrison led the Hokies with 10 points.

The Blue Devils remained one of two unbeaten teams left in Division I, along with Florida Gulf Coast.

Freshman Thomas Leads No. 13 Maryland Past Clemson 80-59

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas scored 21 points and No. 13 Maryland avoided an 0-3 start in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 80-59 victory over Clemson on Sunday.

Thomas had 15 of her points in the opening half as the Terrapins (14-3, 1-2 ACC) took their 10th straight game over Clemson (8-11, 1-3).

Thomas scored five points during a 15-5 run to close the first period to wipe out the Lady Tigers 29-23 lead. Maryland continued the charge after the break, Lynette Kizer scoring 7 points in a 17-8 run that put the Terps up 55-42.

Thomas, a 6-foot-2 freshman, finished a point away from her career best and was a rebound shy of her third consecutive double-double.

Tianna Hawkins had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland.

Williams Leads 'Canes to 17th Straight Win, 65-53 over BC

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Riquna Williams scored a season-high 33 points to help No. 22 Miami win its 17th straight game with a 65-53 victory over Boston College on Sunday.

Miami (18-1, 4-0 ACC), with its smaller and quicker players, used pressure defense to rally from a seven-point deficit against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Boston College (14-4, 1-2).

The Hurricanes came up with 19 steals and had a 31-11 turnover advantage to overcome being outrebounded 48-27.

Speedy guards Williams and Shenise Johnson, the top two scorers in the ACC, led the way for Miami. Williams had 21 of her points in the second half and made 6 3-pointers. Johnson had 13 of her 22 points in the second half.

Miami's defense held BC way under its 84.9 scoring average coming into the game.

Caroyln Swords had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles while Stefanie Murphy added 10 points and 15 boards.

Shine and Egwu Lead Virginia Past Penn, 54-45

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's basketball team withstood a late Pennsylvania rally and came away with a 54-45 victory Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavalier frontcourt was one of the keys to victory, as junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) led all scorers with 20 points and sophomore center Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Virginia and the Cavaliers' record improved to 11-8 overall. Penn's record dropped to 5-8 on the season.

After leading 26-18 at halftime, Virginia built its lead to 17 points, 40-23, on a 3-pointer by freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) at the 17:36 mark.

Penn countered with a 15-3 run over the next 12 minutes to cut the Cavalier lead to 43-38 at the 7:48 mark. The Quakers got even closer, closing the gap to three points with 3:12 left on a lay-up by Alyssa Baron with 3:12 left in the game that made the score 48-45.

Junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) had the answer for Virginia at that point, nailing a jumper from the elbow to extend the Cavalier lead back to five points, 50-45, with 2:39 left in the game.

Penn did not score again in the game and Virginia closed out the last two minutes with six unanswered points to earn the 54-45 victory.