Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 29

Jan. 29, 2012

NC State Bounces Back With 65-53 Win at Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - A game-high 20 points from Kody Burke led NC State to a 65-53 win at Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon from Cassell Coliseum. The Wolfpack improves to 13-0 all-time against the Hokies.

NC State (14-8, 4-5 ACC) also got 12 points from both Bonae Holston and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman.

Aerial Wilson and Monet Tellier paced Virginia Tech (7-15, 3-6 ACC) with 16 points apiece.

Maybe it just took getting away from Reynolds Coliseum for shots to start falling for the Wolfpack after consecutive tough shooting nights against North Carolina and Florida State.

The first three attempts from beyond the arc went through the hoop and it was 11-2 in favor of State just four minutes into action.

The lead was cut down to 11-6, before the Hokies hit a dry spell for the next 5:12. In the meantime, State pounded it inside and made five free throws, and later a bucket from Holston made it 20-9 with 8:29 until halftime.

No. 25 Tar Heels Edge Wake Forest, 75-71

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half and No. 25 North Carolina finally took command late to beat Wake Forest 75-71 on Sunday.

Laura Broomfield (20 points and 18 rebounds) and Chay Shegog (19 points, 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles, and Candace Wood added 10 points for the Tar Heels (16-5, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fourth straight despite trailing by four points with four minutes remaining.

Lakevia Boykin had 21 points, Chelsea Douglas added 13 and Secily Ray 11 for the Demon Deacons (12-9, 2-6), who scored the game's first eight points and led 65-60 on Boykin's layup with 4:07 left.

However, Broomfield hit a layup, followed by Ruffin-Pratt's three-point play to tie the game with 2:55 left. Ruffin-Pratt then hit another layup with 2:06 remaining to put North Carolina ahead 67-65.

Shegog's three-point play extended the Tar Heels' lead to 70-65, and Wake Forest would pull no closer than two points the rest of the way.

Virginia Defeats Florida State, 62-52

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team defeated Florida State, 62-52, Sunday (Jan. 29) at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers improved to 16-7 overall and 4-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Virginia also improved to 12-2 at home this season and topped the Seminoles for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Florida State's record went to 12-11 (4-5 ACC).

Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) was the Cavaliers' leading scorer for the seventh time this season, netting 15 points. She added four rebounds and two assists.

Junior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) scored 13 points and added five steals for Virginia. Sophomore guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) was the third Cavalier in double figures for scoring, as she chipped in 11 points and tied a career-high with six steals.

Yellow Jackets Win Fifth Straight Over Clemson, 63-54

CLEMSON, S.C. - Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall's 17 points led Georgia Tech (16-6, 6-3 ACC) to a hard-fought 63-54 win over the Clemson Lady Tigers (5-14, 1-7 ACC) Sunday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.

Senior Sasha Goodlett finished with her seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and made 7-of-8 free throw attempts. Classmate Chelsea Regins came off the bench to add 12 points. Fellow seniors Metra Walthour and Mo Bennett added nine points, and six points and eight rebounds, respectively.

"I think every game in the ACC is hard, but in particular the ones on the road," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "I felt like coming into this game, that Clemson coming off a loss like they had against Duke at home, was going to be aggressive and they proved me right. I give them credit. I thought they played extremely well on the offensive end and exploited some things we like to defensively. I thought Mo Bennett was huge for us. As a senior, she came in and made a lot of hustle plays and got it back for us."

Clemson opened the game on an 11-3 run over the first 7:11, but the Yellow Jackets rallied to tie the game at 15-15 with 8:25 to play in the first half.

No. 10 'Canes Overpower Boston College, 88-57

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP)- Shenise Johnson scored 16 of her 22 points in the opening half to lead No. 10 Miami to its eighth straight win, an 88-57 rout over Boston College on Sunday.

The Hurricanes (19-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and pulled to a double digit lead on Riquna Williams' basket in the lane 5:44 into the game. Their advantage never dropped into single digits the rest of the way.

Williams had 15 of her 18 points in the first half while Stefanie Yderstrom added 15 points for Miami, which hasn't lost since dropping its conference opener at North Carolina on Jan. 2.

Tessah Holt paced Boston College (5-16, 0-8) with 12 points. The Eagles have lost eight straight.

Williams, who needs six points to become the program's fifth player to reach 2,000, also grabbed eight rebounds. Johnson became the fourth to reach the 2,000-point mark earlier this season.