Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 22

Jan. 22, 2012

Peters, Gray Lead Duke in 80-72 Win Over Maryland

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP)--No. 5 Duke and No. 8 Maryland looked pretty similar on the stat sheet, and played just as evenly on the court.

Except for two key differences: The Blue Devils were rebounding with a vengeance, and down the stretch, they had Chelsea Gray.

Gray scored seven of her 17 points in the final 3 minutes and had 11 assists in Duke's 80-72 victory over the Terrapins on Sunday, its 10th straight win.

Haley Peters scored a career-high 21 points for the Blue Devils (16-2, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They built a 41-30 rebounding edge and outscored Maryland 46-36 in the paint in winning their 34th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and remaining the only team unbeaten in ACC play.

"When you look at these stats and you see how fundamentally equal they are until you get to rebounding, that's telling a lot of the story," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said.

Alyssa Thomas matched a career-high with 26 points and Tianna Hawkins added 17 for the Terrapins (18-2, 5-2), who whittled a 12-point deficit to three on Lynetta Kizer's jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left.

No. 24 Carolina Handles Rival NC State, 60-50

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina doesn't have the same offensive punch as in recent years. It just means the No. 24 Tar Heels will have to rely more on their defense and rebounding.

Chay Shegog scored 16 points to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State 60-50 on Sunday, giving the team a second straight road win to cap a week that began with the worst loss in program history.

Candace Wood added 15 points for the Tar Heels (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who lost by 51 points at Connecticut on Monday. But the Tar Heels followed a win at Virginia Tech by frustrating the Wolfpack offense all afternoon for their 20th win in 24 meetings with their longtime rival.

"We know we're going to have to play defense and rebound," coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "You make adjustments to whatever you have to do, whatever your players can do."

Defense and rebounding have long been staples of Hatchell's program in Chapel Hill, though the Tar Heels have also boasted reliable scorers like Ivory Latta, Camille Little, Erlana Larkins and Italee Lucas in the past decade to go with it. This year's group often struggles for baskets and lacks a natural scorer, putting the burden on Shegog inside - and she's dependent on someone to get her the ball for that production.

Wake Forest Cruises to 94-65 Victory Over Clemson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior guard Lakevia Boykin scored 21 points, and Sandra Garcia added a double-double with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to lead the Wake Forest women's basketball team to a 94-65 victory over Clemson on Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 12-7 overall (2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), while the Tigers fall to 5-12 (1-5 ACC).

Lindsy Wright added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Deacs, and Secily Ray nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore reserve guard Chelsea Douglas dished out a career-high 11 assists on the afternoon, surpassing her previous best of seven recorded on Nov. 25th, 2011, against Jacksonville.

The Deacs knocked down a season-high nine three-pointers, including five from Boykin and two apiece from Garcia and freshman Melissa Calicott.

Clemson's Quinyotta Pettaway led all scorers with 24 points, while Lindsey Mason scored 17 points for the Tigers and Kelly Gramlich chipped in with 13

Marshall's 22 Points Lead Yellow Jackets Past Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team (14-6, 4-3 ACC) relied on head coach MaChelle Joseph's signature pressure defense to snap a three-game losing streak to Florida State (11-10, 3-4 ACC) with a 79-55 win over the Seminoles Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

Georgia Tech finished the game having forced 24 FSU turnovers and converting them into 32 points on the offensive end.

"I really challenged the team the past three days to get back to playing Georgia Tech defense," Joseph said. "I felt like we had got away from what we do really well, and that's pressing, getting up in people, contesting and trapping people. I felt like today we came out and played 40 minutes of Georgia Tech defense. That's one of the things we wanted to do at the beginning of the game. I was really excited to see our players on the bench play their roles. Our role players really stepped up and came to play today."

Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall finished with a game-high 22 points, the fifth time this season and the 11th time in her career she has scored at least 20 points. Marshall blistered the nets, shooting 11-13 for the game, an 85 percent conversion rate.

"I thought Ty was really focused," Joseph said. "She came out and wanted the basketball. A lot of teams have been putting their biggest, strongest, tallest guard on Me-Me trying to take her out. That left their second best defender on Ty and I thought she was really able to exploit that."