Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 23

Jan. 23, 2011

No. 3 Duke Rallies to Beat N.C. State, 65-64

RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman Chelsea Gray hit a driving layup with 12 seconds left to help No. 3 Duke rally from a 20-point deficit to beat rival N.C. State 65-64 on Sunday.

Jasmine Thomas scored 14 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had to fight to the final horn to remain the nation’s last unbeaten team. Duke trailed by 18 at halftime and 42-22 a minute into the second half before turning up its defensive fullcourt pressure to finally get back in the game.

Gray’s driving layup against Amber White gave the Blue Devils the lead for good, though the Wolfpack had two good looks at the end to steal back the win. First, Marissa Kastanek missed a straightaway 3-pointer, then Bonae Holston hit the front of the rim on a midrange stickback attempt.

Krystal Thomas came down with the rebound just before the horn sounded to give the Blue Devils a thrilling victory.

Thomas and Gray each finished with 13 points for Duke, which overcame a horrendous start and a frustrating day at the free-throw line (12 for 23) by shooting 56 percent after the break. The Blue Devils also forced the Wolfpack (9-10, 1-4) into 14 second-half turnovers, which helped Duke inch its way closer as the final 8 1/2 minutes wore on.

Kastanek and Kody Burke each had 14 points to lead N.C. State, which shot 52 percent in the first half but just 32 percent (8 for 25) after halftime to watch what would have been a huge win for second-year coach Kellie Harper slip painfully away.

Clemson Lady Tigers Tip Wake Forest, 77-73, in Overtime

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Clemson women’s basketball team won their second ACC road game of the season, overcoming a ten-point second half deficit to win, 77-73 in overtime against Wake Forest (10-11, 1-4 ACC) in Winston-Salem. The Lady Tigers (9-12, 2-4 ACC) shot a season-high 54.0 percent from the floor, including 17-28 in the second half and overtime.

“We tried not to concentrate on the score,” said head coach Itoro Coleman. “We cut down on our turnovers and good things happen. It was important for us to get stops. Once we got stops, we were able to make runs.”

Eight Clemson players registered six or more points, led by Shaniqua Pauldo’s 18 (9-13 FG), Jasmine Tate’s 11 (4-5 FG, 3-4 FT), and Bryelle Smith’s ten (3-4 FG, 2-3 3FG, 2-2 FT) off the bench. Clemson won despite 30 turnovers, 19 of which came in the first half. The Tigers were efficient form the floor, hitting 22-34 (.579) inside the arc.

The Lady Tigers also outrebounded the Demon Deacons, 43-35, and held the Deacs to 36.0 percent shooting. Lindsey Mason tied a career high with nine boards, while Chancie Dunn had seven points and eight assists in 39 minutes in her first career start.

Five Demon Deacons hit double-figures, led by Lakevia Boykin’s career-high 22 (8-15 FG, 5-11 3FG, 1-2 FT).

Montgomery's Double-Double Leads Tech Past Boston College, 67-54

ATLANTA - Head Coach MaChelle Joseph called it "bounce-back-ability".

Whatever she calls it, it worked as Georgia Tech responded from a difficult loss at Duke on Friday with a resounding 67-54 win over Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Jackets improve to 17-5 overall and 5-1 in the ACC, while BC drops to 15-5 and 2-3 in league play.

Possibly no Jacket showed more resiliency than senior Alex Montgomery, who tallied only two points on a pair of free throws against the Blue Devils. The Tacoma, Wash., native responded with her seventh double-double of the year and first since Jan. 2 against Jacksonville State with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Junior point guard Metra Walthour notched her sixth double-figure scoring game with a team-best 16 points. It is the third time since ACC play started Walthour has finished in double-digits. Classmate Mo Bennett came off the bench to tie her season-high of 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Regins finished the game with nine points and four rebounds, while Adams added five tallies, two assists and two steals for Tech. For the game, the Jacket bench outscored BC's reserves 24-5.

After a poor shooting night at Duke, Tech struggled again in the first half, shooting only 31.4 percent in the opening frame. But again Tech showed that "bounce-back-ability" Joseph talked about, in converting 57.1 percent its of field goal attempts in the second half.

#15 Terps Cruise Past #10 UNC, 88-65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Maryland's young basketball team appears to have finally grown up.

Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the 15th-ranked Terrapins had four other players score in double figures Sunday in an 88-65 victory over No. 10 North Carolina. It was Thomas' fourth double in her first five ACC games.

Coach Brenda Frese knew it would take a while for a team with six freshmen and not a single senior to play at its best. Judging by Maryland's performance against the Tar Heels, that time is now.

"You could see our confidence this game at an all-time high," Frese said. "You're starting to see a team coming together. ... This is a great opportunity for us to gain momentum with what we're doing."

Diandra Tchatchouang scored 13, Lynetta Kizer and Alicia DeVaughn each had 12, and Laurin Mincy added 10 points for the Terrapins (16-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

"It just feels great that everyone contributed. We battled together for 40 minutes," Kizer said. "It's a confidence builder going into the rest of ACC play, because we know we set the bar high tonight."

Maryland committed 28 turnovers but shot 48 percent from the floor and finished with a 55-32 rebounding advantage. The Terps also went 23 for 25 at the foul line.

It was Maryland's largest margin of victory against North Carolina since an 88-64 rout on Feb. 6, 1990.

Italee Lucas scored 17 for the Tar Heels (17-3, 3-2). After opening the season with 14 straight wins, North Carolina has since gone 3-3.

Virginia Rolls Past Virginia Tech, 72-37

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's basketball team defeated in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia Tech, 72-37, Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. With the victory, the Cavaliers improved to 12-9 overall, 1-4 in the ACC and 10-2 at home this season.

It was Virginia's most lopsided ACC victory since an 82-41 victory over Maryland on Jan. 5, 2001.

The loss dropped Virginia Tech's record to 9-10 overall and 0-5 in conference action.

Every Cavalier that saw playing time scored at least a point. Junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) was UVa's leading scorer for the third-consecutive game with 16 points and notched her second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.

Freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) chipped in 11 points and was 3-of-4 from the field, while junior Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added 10 points and three rebounds.

Virginia jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back. After leading 28-19 at halftime, UVa stretched its lead in the second stanza to 35-25 with 16:36 left.

At that point, the 'Hoos went on a 12-0 run to take a 47-25 lead at the 13:01 mark on a jumper by Shine. The Cavaliers continued to expand their lead and won by a final margin of 72-37.

It was the ninth-consecutive victory for Virginia over Virginia Tech in women's basketball.

Virginia Tech's leading scorer was Alyssa Fenyn with 12 points.