Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 10

Feb. 10, 2011

Moorer Hits Game-Winner in Fourth Overtime To Give UVa 94-92 Victory at NC State

The Virginia women's basketball team edged NC State on the road, 94-92, in quadruple overtime Thursday night. It was the longest game in either program's history. Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) made a buzzer-beating running lay-up as time expired to give the Cavaliers the victory.

Sophomore guard China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) led Virginia with 19 points. Freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) and junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) each had double doubles. Franklin finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Edwards scored 13 points and pulled down 11 boards.

Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added 16 points for UVa and Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) chipped in 10 points.

In the fourth overtime, it again came down to the wire, as the score was tied at 92-92 with 5.1 seconds left. Moorer caught the inbounds pass and nailed a running jumper as time expired to lift Virginia to the 94-92 victory.

Kastanek led NC State with 23 points.

Hurricanes Get Statement Win as ACC Race Heats Up

In a game between two Top 25 teams with identical 20-3 records, the outcome was destined to be close. How the game was won was nearly just as predictable, as the feisty `Canes forced the visiting Terrapins into 23 turnovers in an 83-75 victory Thursday night at the BankUnited Center.

No. 20 Miami came into the game second in the country in steals per game (15.2) and second in turnover margin (+9.22), while No. 12 Maryland ranked 250th in turnovers (19.3). It was the top storyline coming in and it played out in front of a loud crowd there to see the most meaningful game of the Hurricanes' season thus far.

In the end, it was the `Canes who came out on top behind yet another standout performance by star Shenise Johnson, who came just shy of a career-high with 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting. She was joined by usual suspects Riquna Williams and Morgan Stroman, who had 16 and 20 respectively to help put the `Canes over the 80-point mark for the 16th time in 24 games.

Ultimately though, the game down to Miami's defensive tenacity. The Terps shot better (50.9-percent to 44.6-percent), had the rebounding edge (41-to-29) and had much more help from the bench (24-to-8) but none of it mattered.

No. 13 Tar Heels Handle Clemson, 60-47

Italee Lucas scored 15 points as No. 13 North Carolina overcame a sloppy effort to win its 16th straight against Clemson, 60-47, on Thursday night.

The Tar Heels (22-3, 8-2 ACC) came into this one off their biggest win of the season, a 62-60 victory over No. 5 Duke last Monday night. And North Carolina played most of this one like it was still celebrating.

The Tar Heels had a season-high 27 turnovers, 11 more than their average, and were just 4 of 18 on 3-pointers. Still, it didn’t cost them against struggling Clemson (10-15, 3-7), which lost its 52nd straight contest against a ranked opponent.

Laura Broomfield had 13 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina. Jessica Breland and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also had 11 boards for the Tar Heels, who outrebounded Clemson 58-34. Breland finished with 10 points for her double-double.

Sthefany Thomas led the Lady Tigers with 13 points. However, she was 5 of 18 overall and 3 of 13 on 3-pointers against North Carolina’s defense.

Virginia Tech ends slide with 62-54 victory

Virginia Tech had four players score in double figures and set season-highs in five categories on its way to a 62-54 victory over visiting Longwood in its last non-conference game of the 2010-11 season at Cassell Coliseum Thursday night.

Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.Y.) and Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) each scored a team-high 11 points, while Nia Evans (Fr., Decatur, Ga.) and Brittany Gordon (Sr., Howard County, Md.) each had 10 to help the Hokies end their 10-game losing streak.

Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ky.) tied her career-high with nine rebounds, adding five assists and four steals. In all, the Hokies registered a season-high 60 rebounds and also blocked a season-high 10 shots.