Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 20

Jan. 20, 2011

Boston College Tops Wolfpack Women 77-67

Boston College senior Carolyn Swords had 15 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Eagles past NC State, 77-67, in an ACC matchup at Conte Forum on Thursday night. The Eagles improved to 15-4 overall and 2-2 in the ACC, while NC State dropped to 9-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

Swords led five Eagles in scoring. She shot 7-for-11 from the floor, grabbed seven offensive and 12 defensive rebounds to pass the 1,000 rebound plateau. She also added five assists and two blocks in the win. Senior forward Stefanie Murphy shot 7-for-10 from the floor and finished with 14 points and six boards, while Kerri Shields had 13 points, Kristen Doherty chipped in with 12 points and five boards, and Shayra Brown added 10 points off the bench.

NC State was led by sophomore Marissa Kastanek with 21 points (5 3-pointers) and Amber White added 18.

The Eagles held a 39-30 lead at the half as they shot 45 percent from the floor. The score was tied four times and the lead changed three times in the half. BC took the lead at 15:16 on a jumper by Kristen Doherty. The Eagles extended the lead to 15 points with 2:36 to play in the half went Katie Zenevitch completed a traditional three-point play. NC State cut the lead to nine on a 6-0 run to end the half.

BC lead grew to 11 points on a Murphy jumper at 17:31 in the second half. A three-pointer by Kastanek two minutes later cut the Eagles lead to six points. BC went on an 11-0 run to go up 56-39 on a jumper by Jaclyn Thoman (five assists). With eight minutes to play, Doherty sunk a three, followed by a mid-lane jumper by Shields and BC was up 71-49.

NC State started to chip away at the lead with five minutes to play when Amber White hit a three-pointer. That shot sparked an 11-0 run by the Wolfpack. Doherty hit two free throws to put a stop to the Wolfpack run.

BC shot 45 percent for the game and had 18 assists. NC State was held to 33 percent shooting from the floor.

FSU Beats Clemson 83-73

CLEMSON, SC – It may be a new season but the end result was the same for the No. 16 Florida State women’s basketball team.

Just like the Seminoles did last year when they traveled to Clemson after a loss, FSU came out on top against the Tigers Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. This time around it was an 83-73 victory that extended Florida State’s winning streak to five straight in the series.

The outcome pushed the ’Noles’ record to 15-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play. In-state and in-conference rival Miami is FSU’s next opponent as the ’Canes come to the Donald L. Tucker Center Monday night.

Against the Tigers (8-12, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), senior guard Courtney Ward’s team-high 21 points paced a Seminoles team that had four players score in double figures.

Junior forward Cierra Bravard registered her team-high fifth double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio contributed with 17 points and seven rebounds while freshman forward Natasha Howard had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton added eight points and senior guard Christian Hunnicutt dished out a team-best five assists to go along with her six points

No. 10 North Carolina Leads Wire-to-Wire in 71-56 Win Over Wake Forest

CHAPEL HILL, N.C (AP) - Italee Lucas scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half to help No. 10 North Carolina rout Wake Forest 71-56 on Thursday night.

She had six points before Wake Forest got on the board and the Tar Heels (17-2, 3-1 ACC) led 12-2 less than 5 minutes into the game. They were never seriously threatened by the cold-shooting Demon Deacons.

Trailing 36-16, Wake Forest scored the final six points of the half to cut its deficit to 14. The Demon Deacons came withint 12 in the second half, but a 9-1 run by the Tar Heels ended any hope of a comeback.

Laura Broomfield added 19 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina, which was coming off an embarassing loss on Monday to Connecticut. Broomfield played most of the second half as Jessica Breland was sideline with a leg injury suffered late in the first half.

Chelsea Douglas scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest (10-10, 1-3).