Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 24

Jan. 24, 2010

No. 22 Virginia Hangs On For 57-55 Victory Over Georgia Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The No. 22 Virginia women's basketball team defeated Georgia Tech, 57-55, Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena. Senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 23 points and the Cavaliers won their third-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Wright finished 8-for-18 from the field, and added five rebounds and two steals. She has now scored at least 20 points in 12 of the Cavaliers' 19 games this season.

With the win, Virginia's record improved to 14-5 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. Georgia Tech fell to 16-5 overall and 2-3 in the league. The game was part of Virginia's National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration, and Olympic gold medalist and former UVa All-American rower Lindsay Shoop was honored at halftime.

Wake Forest Shuts Down Clemson, 63-43

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team held Clemson to just nine points in the first half, tying the school's record for fewest points in a half, en route to a 63-43 win in Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon.

Wake Forest improves to 12-8 and 3-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the win. Clemson stalls at 9-11 and 0-5.

Sophomore Secily Ray led the Demon Deacons with 17 points and 10 rebounds, marking her fourth double-double of the season. Sophomore center Lindsey Mason had a team-best 14 points for Clemson and Lele Hardy and Keyrra Gillespie both had nine rebounds. Hardy, Clemson's leading scorer (14 ppg), was held to just three points, going 1-for-11 from the field.

Career day by Davis leads Virginia Tech to 73-69 win at Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Nikki Davis had the game of her college career Sunday afternoon scoring 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 73-69 victory over Miami at BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus. The Hokies snapped a two-game losing streak and improve to 12-7 overall and 2-3 in the ACC, while the Hurricanes fall to 14-5 and 2-3 in league play.

In addition to her scoring output, Davis (Jr., Lexington, Ky.) also set career highs with five, three-point field goals and 14 free throws in 18 attempts. The free throws made and attempted were the most by a Tech player in an ACC contest.

Tech returns to action on Thurs., Jan. 28 when the Hokies host Maryland in a 7 p.m. contest.

No. 15 Seminoles Beat BC, 85-64

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Alysha Harvin hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points, Chasity Clayton added a career-high 21 and No. 15 Florida State beat Boston College 85-64 Sunday.

The Seminoles (18-3, 4-1 ACC) broke the game open from the 3-point line, hitting five from beyond the arc while outscoring the Eagles 23-5 over a 9:29 first-half span. The run turned an 8-7 deficit into a 30-13 lead.

Clayton added a career-high 10 rebounds for Florida State, while Courtney Ward scored 13 points and Jacinta Monroe added 10.

No. 6 Duke Outlasts Maryland, 58-57

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jasmine Thomas scored 20 points, Bridgette Mitchell made the go-ahead basket with 1:29 left, and No. 6 Duke squeezed past Maryland 58-57 Sunday night to remain the only unbeaten team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke (17-3, 5-0) frittered away an 11-point lead and trailed 54-53 before Mitchell hit a runner in the lane as the shot clock expired.

After a missed shot by Maryland, Duke's Joy Cheek made two three throws with 20 seconds remaining for a three-point cushion. Anjale Barrett then missed a 3-pointer for the Terrapins, and Thomas made one of two free throws before Barrett connected on a 3 at the buzzer.