Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 9

Feb. 9, 2012

Strong Play Down the Stretch Lifts Wake Forest to 65-55 Victory Over Florida State

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest closed the game on an 11-2 run to seal a 65-55 victory Thursday evening over visiting Florida State at the Joel Coliseum.

With the win, the Deacons improve their record to 14-10 on the season, and 4-7 in the ACC. The Seminoles drop to 13-12 overall, and 5-6 in ACC play. The win broke a 14-game losing streak for the Deacons against FSU.

Senior point guard Brooke Thomas finished the game with eight points and nine assists, breaking the all-time assist record at Wake Forest. She now has 489 career assists, breaking Nicole Levesque's old mark of 488 which she set from 1990-94.

Gray Lifts Duke Past Boston College 71-62

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Chelsea Gray scored 10 of Duke's last 12 points and the No. 5 Blue Devils avoided a shocking upset with a 71-62 win over Boston College on Thursday night.

Gray hit a jumper that gave Duke a 61-55 lead with 3:22 left. But BC closed that to 61-60 on a 3-pointer by Tessah Holt and two free throws by Katie Zenevitch.

Gray, who led all scorers with 19 points, then made a 3-pointer, Kristen Doherty hit a layup for BC and Gray sank another 3-pointer, making it 67-62 with 1:28 to play. The Blue Devils finished with a short hook by Haley Peters and two free throws by Gray.

Complete Team Effort Helps No. 8 Maryland Beat Clemson 91-61

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Lynetta Kizer scored 18 points and No. 8 Maryland had six players in double-figure to win their 10th straight game over Clemson, 91-61, on Thursday night.

The Terrapins (21-3, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), the ACC's highest scoring team, won their third third in a row this season and ran all over the Tigers (6-16, 2-9) at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Alicia DeVaughn scored 15, Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins had 14 each, Laurin Mincy 13 and Brene Moseley 10 as Maryland tied its highest ACC point total this season. The Terrapins also showed off some defense, forcing 25 turnovers off 14 steals.

NC State Trounces Longwood 74-45

RALEIGH, N.C. - Led by 14 points and seven rebounds by Erica Donovan, the NC State women's basketball team (15-10) defeated Longwood, 74-45, at Reynolds Coliseum on Thursday night.

"I liked the vibe in the locker room before the game, during the game and after the game," said head coach Kellie Harper. "I think our players have a good focus right now moving forward. I think they are recommitted to what we need to do to be successful."

The Wolfpack had 13 different players see action on the court, with each contributing at least one point in the win. NC State had three players score in double figures - Bonae Holston (13), Kody Burke (10) and Donovan's 14.