Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, February 8

Feb. 8, 2010

No. 8 Duke Dismantles No. 18 North Carolina, 79-51

DURHAM, N.C. - The points came from some new people for No. 8 Duke. The rebounds came from just about everybody. The result: One of the Blue Devils' more lopsided routs of their fiercest rival.

It's not hard to see why. Duke dominated nearly every stat category during a 79-51 rout of No. 18 North Carolina on Monday night. While six players scored in double figures, the usual stars took a back seat to some unfamiliar faces.

Bridgette Mitchell and Keturah Jackson scored 12 points apiece, Krystal Thomas had 11 and three players each added 10 for the first-place Blue Devils (19-4, 7-1). They never trailed and built a 52-28 rebounding advantage - 35-12 in the second half - to avoid their first ACC losing streak in a decade.

No. 24 Virginia Wins At Maryland, 82-68

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior guard Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 12-consecutive points to open the second half, finished with 34 for the game and led No. 24 Virginia to an 82-68 victory at Maryland Monday night.

It was Virginia’s first win in College Park since Feb. 20, 2003 (a 71-67 victory). The win improved UVa’s record to 17-6 overall and 6-3 in the ACC, while Maryland’s record dropped to 16-8 (3-6 ACC).

Wright also moved into fourth place on the ACC’s all-time scoring list, passing NC State’s Linda Page (1982-85; 2,307 points) and now has 2,327 for her career. It was her fifth 30-point game of the season.

Yellow Jackets Bounce Tigers, 68-53

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -Brigitte Ardossi had 17 points and 13 rebounds and No. 21 Georgia Tech reached 20 wins for the fourth straight year with a 68-53 victory over Clemson on Monday night.

The Yellow Jackets (20-5, 6-3 ACC) had only two 20-win seasons in their history before MaChelle Joseph became coach before the 2003-04. Now, they're just three away from the program record for most victories in a season set in 1978.

Ardossi, the 6-foot-2 senior from Australia, helped Georgia Tech take control of this one early with eight points during a 20-8 first-half run that put it ahead 27-16.