Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 3

Feb. 3, 2011

Virginia Cruises To ACC Win Over Wake Forest, 73-46

Virginia posted a 73-46 victory over visiting Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Wake Forest Thursday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Sophomores Telia McCall (Marietta, Ga.) and China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) and freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) led the way for UVa, as all three underclassmen scored in double figures.

McCall scored a season-high 12 points and led the team with three steals. Franklin was the co-high scorer, also netting 12 points (all in the second half). Crosby, meanwhile, dropped in 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting including 1-of-1 from behind the 3-point arc.

The Cavaliers built an early 10-6 lead in the first half and eventually stretched it to 22-15 on a 3-pointer by Crosby that prompted a Wake Forest timeout at the 4:52 mark.

Wake Forest's leading scorer was Brittany Waters with nine points.

For Virginia, Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) chipped in nine points, while Jazmin Pitts (Mosely, Va.) grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go with five points.

No. 3 Duke Gets Huge Win Over No. 18 Miami, 82-58

Looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, the third-ranked Duke women's basketball team (21-1) responded with an excellent effort as the Blue Devils downed 18th-ranked Miami, 82-58, on Thursday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Freshman Richa Jackson earned her first collegiate start and she made the most of it with a career-high 13 points, career-high nine rebounds and one blocked shot in 25 minutes. Freshman Haley Peters added 15 points and senior Karima Christmas chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds.

Duke shot 54.7 percent from the field and dominated the paint scoring 58 points down low.

Riquna Williams, the ACC's leading scorer, finished with 27 points on 8-of-25 shooting, but Miami (20-3, 6-2) shot 32 percent and had a season-low scoring total. Shenise Johnson, the league's No. 2 scorer, was held to 12 points - seven fewer than her average.

Rodgers' Buzzer-Beater Gives No. 12 Maryland 56-53 Victory

Kim Rodgers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 10 Maryland a 56-53 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech on Thursday night in a game interrupted by a power outage with just over 2 minutes to play.

Rogers' winning shot from the baseline came on an inbounds play with 1.2 seconds left after Georgia Tech had tied the game on a foul shot by Sasha Goodlett with 44.4 seconds remaining.

Lynetta Kizer had 19 points and Alyssa Thomas scored 17 for Maryland (19-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Rogers had just five points prior to the winning 3-pointer and was 0 for 3 from behind the arc previously.

Tyaunna Marshall scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half for Georgia Tech (18-7, 6-3). Alex Montgomery had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The game was interrupted for 20 minutes while full lighting was restored after an apparent power surge darkened Alexander Memorial Coliseum with 2:12 to play.

Carolyn Swords Leads Women's Basketball To Victory

Senior Carolyn Swords scored 28 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead Boston College past Virginia Tech, 76-71, at Conte Forum on Thursday night. BC improved to 16-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech dropped to 9-13 overall and 0-8 in the conference.

Swords went 11-for-11 from the field, a new personal best. She also shot 6-for-7 from the foul line and grabbed 11 rebounds. The 28 point, 11 rebound effort was Swords 10th double-double of the season and 40th of her career.

Senior Jaclyn Thoman had 10 points and six assists, while Stefanie Murphy notched 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in the win.

After two freebies by Virginia Tech, Murphy pulled down an offensive rebound and scored to give the Eagles a three-point lead with under a minute to play. On Tech's next possession, BC freshman Kristen Doherty (eight points, four rebounds, four assists) deflected a pass and Murphy gathered the loose ball. The senior from New Hampshire hit two freebies for a 72-67 lead with 50 seconds to play.