Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 17

Jan. 17, 2013

Lady Tigers Take Down Wake Forest in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Clemson Lady Tigers took down Wake Forest, 74-64, in Winston-Salem on Thursday night. Clemson (5-12, 1-5 ACC) dressed just six players for the game, with four of them finishing with double-figures. Wake Forest (9-8, 2-3 ACC) took a 61-59 lead with 2:42 to play, but Clemson outscored the Deacs 15-3 in the final moments to close out the win.

Nikki Dixon scored 21 points (8-13 FG, 5-5 FT) to lead all players, while Natiece Ford scored a career-high 16 points (6-10, 4-7 FT).

Kelly Gramlich had ten points as Clemson's lone player off the bench in 26 minutes, and junior Quinyotta Pettaway had 13 points and 12 rebounds, her fourth double-double in six ACC games this season. It was the tenth of her career overall, and sixth this season.

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Tar Heels Keep Rolling with Win Over Virginia

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 11 North Carolina continued its best league start in five years with a 71-60 win over Virginia Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. Xylina McDaniel had a game-high 15 points, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Waltiea Rolle had 14 apiece as the Tar Heels improved to 18-1 and 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

UNC used a 19-4 run to close the first half and runs of 8-2 and 7-0 after the break to put the game out of reach early. The Tar Heels led by as many as 27 early in the second half and held on for their second double-digit win after four straight close ones to start ACC play.

It was Rolle who dominated early, scoring 10 of her 14 points in the first 12 minutes of the game as well as neutralizing the Virginia posts with her shot-blocking presence.

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Miami Stays on Top at Home With Win vs. Georgia Tech

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes got back to their winning ways Wednesday night, edging the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the BankUnited Center by a final score of 71-65.

After dropping back-to-back contests to ranked teams on their most recent road trip, the Hurricanes (13-4, 4-2 ACC) bounced back at home with strong shooting and a career night from senior Shawnice Wilson.

Wilson led the way for the hosts in the first half, finishing with 11 points in just 13 minutes of work. The 6-foot-5 center eclipsed her previous career-high of 17 on a layup with 10:42 still left in the game. By night's end, Wilson had finished with a team-best 21 points and just one rebound shy of her second straight double-double.

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No. 10 Maryland Defeats NC State 82-62

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Tianna Hawkins had 26 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, and No. 10 Maryland defeated North Carolina State 82-62 Thursday night to keep the Wolfpack winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It was the ninth double-double of the season for Hawkins, the ACC's leading scorer. Alyssa Thomas contributed 18 points and Tierney Pfirman added 16 for the Terrapins (14-3, 5-1).

Maryland never trailed in its fourth straight victory. The Terrapins have won eight of their last nine games against NC State (8-10, 0-6).

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Clayton Leads Noles Past Eagles

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The 22nd-ranked Florida State women's basketball team edged past Boston College, 67-57, on Thursday night at Silvio O. Conte Forum.

The Seminoles (14-3, 4-2 in the ACC) were red hot in the first half, shooting a season-best 61.5 percent (16-of-26) before the break and making six of their first seven three-point attempts. FSU went ahead by as many as 13 in the second half, but lost its shooting touch.

Boston College (8-8, 2-3) used a 12-2 run to come within 3, 50-47, with eight minutes left after Kristen Doherty and Nicole Boudreau made back-to-back three-pointers and the Noles suffered through a near seven-minute field goal drought.

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