Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 19

Jan. 19, 2012

No. 24 North Carolina Tops Virginia Tech 56-37

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Brittany Rountree scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and No. 24 North Carolina overcome a sloppy effort and beat Virginia Tech 56-37 on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing streak.

The Tar Heels (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off an 86-35 loss at Connecticut that was the worst loss in program history, also got 14 points from Chay Shegog. North Carolina won despite 19 turnovers and 5-for-14 shooting from the foul line.

The Hokies (6-13, 2-4), playing with only six scholarship players available, trailed 25-21 at halftime. North Carolina used a 9-2 run to start the second half to take control. Virginia Tech never got closer than seven again. It was the Hokies' fourth consecutive loss under first-year coach Dennis Wolff.

NC State Wins in South Carolina Over Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - A third-straight double-double for Bonae Holston and a career-high 16 points by Emili Tasler was more than enough for NC State to notch a 62-46 victory over Clemson Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Holston continued her dominance over the Tigers. After entering the game with career averages of 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in four prior meetings, the Newport News, Va., native paced State (13-6, 3-3 ACC) with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Tasler, a red-shirt senior from Apex, N.C., topped her previous career high set two seasons ago with 11 at South Carolina, by knocking down four shots from beyond the arc, and a 6-for-9 night all together.

Hawkins Leads #7 Maryland Past Wake, 86-58

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Tianna Hawkins had already taken a seat on the bench, happy to savor a solid victory by Maryland (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP).

Then, with just over two minutes left in what would be an 86-58 rout of Wake Forest on Thursday night, word got to coach Brenda Frese that Hawkins was one rebound short of setting the school record.

Hawkins was thrust back into the game, snared her 24th rebound on the Maryland end with 32 seconds left, and wore a huge smile right up to the final buzzer.

No. 10 Canes Hold on for 56-53 Win at Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Shenise Johnson scored 20 points and hit a pair of free throws with 18.2 seconds left to help lift No. 11 Miami to a 56-53 victory over Virginia on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers (14-6, 2-4 ACC) had two chances to tie on their final possession, but guard Ariana Moorer missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left and a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer from Jazmin Pitts from the corner did not reach the basket.

Moorer led Virginia with 18 points. Miami (15-3, 6-1) outrebounded Virginia 44-35. Johnson had 12 points in the second half.

Deluzio Carries FSU Past BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior guard Alexa Deluzio caught fire on Thursday night at the Silvio Conte Forum and there were no Boston College defenders able to put her out.

The Seminoles' 5-11 captain scored a career-high 28 points and made six treys to lead the Seminole women's basketball team past a scrappy Boston College team, 68-59.

"She's a tremendous player," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "She's doing so much for our team right now. She can score, she can penetrate and she can pass. She guarded (BC's Kerri) Shields the whole game and held her in check tonight, too."