Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 30

Jan. 30, 2011

Lady Tigers Defeat Virginia, 84-74, in Pink Zone Game

CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson Lady Tigers took down Virginia, 84-74, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Cavaliers. Clemson's "Big Three" of Sthefany Thomas, Shaniqua Pauldo, and Kirstyn Wright combined for 55 points on the afternoon as Clemson improved to 10-13, 3-5 ACC.

The Tigers held on despite a comeback by Virginia (12-11, 1-6 ACC) that whittled a 15-point deficit down to five with two minutes to play. The Lady Tigers showed that is was just enough cushion, as they hit 7-8 from the line in the final two minutes to ice the game.

"I thought that we were really prepared for this game," said Head Coach Itoro Coleman, whose team does not play again until Feb. 6 at Boston College. "We knew coming in that Virginia was a really scrappy team. Their record does not reflect how good they are."

FSU Beats Pesky 'Pack, 76-69

RALEIGH, NC - Early on Sunday, it looked as though Florida State was going to run away with a win at NC State.

But with a pink-clad crowd full of enthusiasm as it celebrated the program's Hoops for Hope initiative, the Wolfpack (9-12, 1-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) proved to be a tough put-out in FSU's 76-69 win at Reynolds Coliseum.

The Seminoles (18-4, 6-1) held NC State without a field goal for over four minutes to start the game and built a double-digit lead in the opening half. But the pesky 'Pack battled back and FSU had a 40-33 lead at intermission.

With just 1:50 left to play in the game after both squads traded baskets for the duration of the final half, FSU found itself on top 69-66 before NC State star player Bonae Holston went to the free-throw line. After Holston made one of her two from the charity stripe, junior forward Cierra Bravard hit a shot to make it 71-67.

Bravard, who had four fouls at the time, then grabbed a rebound on the opposite end and sank two free throws with just 49 seconds left to put Florida State up 73-67 and the Seminoles made enough free throws and played stout enough defense at the end to hang on.

#14 Terps Roll Over Longwood, 84-38

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Alicia DeVaughn led all scorers with 16 points in No. 14 Maryland's decisive 84-38 win over Longwood on Sunday.

Freshman Alyssa Thomas scored all 14 of her points in the first half and junior Lynetta Kizer added 15 for the Terrapins (18-3), who led 50-14 at halftime for their fifth consecutive victory.

Longwood (4-15) lost for the sixth time in its past seven games. Maryland dominated the boards, 50-26, and have out-rebounded opponents in 19 of 21 games. Maryland won the points in the paint battle, 40-8.

Maryland had a season-high 18 steals in the game and was led by freshman Natasha Cloud with five.

No. 16 Miami Pulls Off 84-74 OT Victory Over No. 25 Georgia Tech

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Riquna Williams scored 27 points to lead No. 16 Miami to an 84-74 overtime victory over No. 25 Georgia Tech on Sunday.

Stefanie Yderstom hit two 3-pointers and Shenise Johnson converted six free throws in the overtime session as the Hurricanes outscored the Yellow Jackets 14-4 in the extra five minutes.

Johnson finished with 21 points in helping Miami (20-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to its 21st consecutive home win. The Hurricanes also snapped a six-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets (18-6, 6-2).

Mo Bennett's jumper with six seconds left in regulation tied it 70-70. Johnson had a chance to win it but her jumper with one second remaining hit the side of the rim.

Alex Montgomery led Georgia Tech with 19 points before fouling out with 14 seconds remaining in the second half. The Yellow Jackets' Sasha Goodlet finished with 18 points before fouling out with 3:21 left in overtime.

No. 15 Tar Heels Dominate Virginia Tech, 76-51

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Italee Lucas scored 19 points to help No. 15 North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 76-51 on Sunday.

Laura Broomfield and Waltiea Rolle each had double-doubles for the Tar Heels (19-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 47 percent and pulled away in the second half to sweep the two Virginia-based ACC schools this weekend.

The Tar Heels also improved to 8-0 all-time against Virginia Tech (9-12, 0-7) in Chapel Hill.

Broomfield had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Rolle has 12 points and 11 boards. Cetera DeGraffenreid added 14 points and six assists.

"I thought we had great balance, which is what I like with this team," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "We keep talking about how we play for each other and how it's about what we can give, not what we can get."

Alyssa Fenyn scored 11 points to lead the Hokies.