Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 27

Jan. 27, 2013

Cavaliers Down Demon Deacons, 69-64

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Virginia women's basketball team held off a late rally by the Demon Deacons to earn a 69-64 victory at Wake Forest.

After Virginia built up a 19-point lead, Wake, with its pressure defense and three-point shooting, managed to cut the deficit to five points, 65-60, with 34 seconds left in the game, but the Cavaliers' late free throw shooting along with grabbing an offensive rebound in the final six seconds of the game helped Virginia hold on for the victory.

Ataira Franklin (Jr., Bowie, Md.) scored a season-high 23 points, shooting 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from the field and going 7-of-8 from the free throw line, including hitting a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Wake Forest had the advantage early, with the Deacons leading through most of the first ten minutes of the game. Wake Forest held its biggest lead of the game, 19-14, when free throws from China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.) and Faith Randolph (Fr. Derwood, Md.) pulled UVa to within a point.

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Buzzer Beater Lifts UNC Over Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Danielle Butts hit a buzzer-beating jumper as time expired to lead No. 11 North Carolina to an improbable 64-62 win over Miami Sunday afternoon at BankUnited Center. UNC trailed by five points with 32 seconds left but a Tierra Ruffin-Pratt steal and two free throws tied it before Butts' game-winner. Ruffin-Pratt had 19 points to overcome Morgan Stroman's career-high 28 points and improve the Tar Heels to 19-2 and 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

With UNC trailing 62-60, Ruffin-Pratt stole the ball from Krystal Saunders and hit two free throws after being fouled by Stefanie Yderstrom.

When Suriya McGuire missed a layup for Miami (15-5, 5-4) with five seconds remaining, UNC's Brittany Rountree gathered the rebound and moved the ball up the court to Butts, who hit the winning jumper.

The loss snapped an 11-game home winning streak for Miami and was just its second loss in its past 54 home games. The Hurricanes had not lost to an ACC opponent at the BankUnited Center since Feb. 2010.

NC State Runs Past Georgia Tech, 78-66

ATLANTA, Ga. - Marissa Kastanek reached 1,500 career points and Markeisha Gatling scored a season-high 17 points to send NC State racing past Georgia Tech, 78-66, at McCamish Pavilion on Sunday.

NC State (10-11, 2-7 ACC) found itself down 38-32 at halftime, but a 26-5 run to start the second half shoved the Wolfpack into the lead by 15, 58-43, after a three-point play from Kody Burke (17 points) with 8:19 to play.

Georgia Tech (8-12, 1-8 ACC) made a push with seven points in a span of 25 seconds to get within 61-52, but Krystal Barrett's runner stymied the Yellow Jackets, and sparked a quick 11-1 spurt that put the Wolfpack comfortably ahead, 72-53 with 3:59 left.

Tech only made six field goals the entire second half, while NC State shot 63.3 percent (19-of-30) in the second stanza, by far its best effort in a half this season, and 53.4% for the game, its sixth time this year shooting above 50 percent.

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Peters Leads No. 4 Duke Past Boston College, 80-56

DURHAM, N.C. - Chloe Wells waited for another opportunity. Now that it's here, she is eager to take advantage of it.

Wells scored a season-high 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting to help No. 4 Duke beat Boston College 80-56 on Sunday.

Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (18-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their 34th consecutive home game against ACC competition.

Making her second start of the season after missing the first five games with a leg injury, Wells hit all three of her 3-point attempts and had three steals.

Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston scored 12 points apiece for Duke. Elizabeth Williams had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Late Run Sparks Florida State To 70-56 Win Over Virginia Tech

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Led by a 19-point performance from senior forward Chelsea Davis, the No. 21/22-ranked Florida State women's basketball defeated Virginia Tech, 70-56, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles (17-3 overall and 7-2 in the ACC) extended their win streak to five games. The victory also marked the fifth time FSU has won 17 of 20 games in a season in program history.

"That's called grinding it out," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "It was tough to score, but from my understanding we are only the second team to score 70 points on their defense. Credit Virginia Tech. Credit them on the boards. Credit their defense for making it a great basketball game. Really credit the turn in the second half with our team as well and taking care of the basketball. When we do that Thursday for both halves it will be a lot prettier to watch."

The Noles started out red hot, hitting 11 of their first 16 shots, but made just three of their next 19, letting a 14-point lead evaporate late in the first half.

FSU committed 12 turnovers and made just 6-of-11 free throws in the first 20. However, the Noles committed just five turnovers and drilled 13-of-16 at the line after halftime.

Terps Dominate Tigers Inside For Win

CLEMSON, S.C. - Tianna Hawkins scored 16 points to lead five Terps in double figures and No. 10 Maryland defeated Clemson 80-40 Sunday for head coach Brenda Frese's 100th ACC win.

The Terps (17-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their seventh straight since their lone league loss to North Carolina back on Jan. 3. Maryland dominated the rematch with the Tar Heels this past Thursday, 85-59, and kept the offensive show going at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terrapins dominated the scoring inside, 40-14.

Hawkins, the ACC's leading scorer, made 7 of 12 shots for 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alyssa Thomas, second to Hawkins in league scoring and tied with her in ACC rebounding, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double for the season. Freshman Malina Howard and Katie Rutan each added 16. Alicia DeVaughn notched 14.