Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 10

Feb. 10, 2013

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Tar Heels Survive At Georgia Tech, 60-58

ATLANTA --- No. 16 North Carolina outscored Georgia Tech 11-4 over the game's final four minutes and three seconds and the Tar Heels held on for a 60-58 victory Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and scored six of Carolina's final nine points to help seal UNC's 22nd win of the season and give Sylvia Hatchell sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list.

UNC (22-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) was in control for much of the game and looked poised to run away with it after building a 9-point lead early in the second half.

But the physical Yellow Jackets (10-14, 3-10) rallied behind leading scorer Tyaunna Marshall and her layup with 6:29 to play put the hosts ahead 50-48. Another Marshall bucket with 4:13 to go made it 54-49 before the Tar Heels started their game-winning rally.


Florida State Rolls Past Miami, 93-78

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Despite missing two of its top five scorers, the No. 19/20-ranked Florida State women's basketball team cruised past Miami on Sunday, coming away with a 93-78 road victory at the BankUnited Center.

The Seminoles led by as many as 17 points in the first half and held the Hurricanes to just one field goal during a 10-minute, 30-second span where they outscored their hosts 21-3 despite playing without senior forwards Chasity Clayton (11.1 points per game) and Chelsea Davis (13.7 ppg).

FSU notched its second-best shooting performance of the season (54 percent), put six players in double figures and tallied its most points in an ACC game this season.

"That was a character game for us," head coach Sue Semrau said. "Obviously not having the presence in the post we're used to having, people had to step up in big ways. And to have a team that comes out and plays like we did and has six kids score in double figures ... I can't say enough."


Deacs Clip Boston College, 61-59, Behind Hamby's 22 Points

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Chelsea Douglas knocked down a jumper with 18 seconds to play and Mykala Walker blocked the potential game-winner at the buzzer as Wake Forest dropped Boston College 61-59 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Despite holding a 10-point halftime lead, Wake Forest could not maintain that advantage in the second half, allowing the Eagles to sneak back into the game and even grab the lead at several different points.

With the game tied 59-59 with under a minute to play, Douglas pulled up from just inside the arc on the left side and drained a jumper to put the Deacs in front 61-59. Boston College attempted a final, last-ditch effort on a three-pointer at the buzzer, but Walker stepped up and blocked the shot just as it was taken to seal the win.

Dearica Hamby led the Deacs in both scoring (22 points) and rebounding (nine boards) for the game. She was joined in double figures by Asia Williams and Douglas, who netted 11 points apiece.


NC State Cruises Past Clemson, 79-45

RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team had five double-figure scorers and recorded its largest margin of victory in an ACC game in 12 years, en route to a 79-45 victory over Clemson Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.

The Wolfpack has now won four of its last five games with six contests remaining in the regular season.

Juniors Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and Breezy Williams led NC State (12-12, 4-8 ACC) with 12 points each, and sophomores Len'Nique Brown and Krystal Barrett added 11 points apiece.

"I felt like we shared the ball well," said head coach Kellie Harper. "I told the team in the locker room that this was a really good team win."

The Pack began with an 18-7 run in the first seven and a half minutes, and expanded the lead to as many as 13 points to take a 34-21 lead into halftime after Barrett scooped in a layup at the intermission buzzer.


Virginia Rallies To Win 50-47 At Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team erased an eight-point second-half deficit to win 50-47 at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech started the game making six of its first eight three-point attempts and went into the half with a 30-24 lead.

The Cavaliers erased an eight-point deficit, tying the game three times before taking a 46-45 lead on a jumper by Ataira Franklin (Jr., Bowie, Md.) with 2:59 remaining in the game.

The Hokies trailed by a point, 48-47, and had possession of the ball with 34 seconds left in the game. A strong defensive stand by the Cavaliers caused the Hokies to turn the ball over, with China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.) grabbing a steal and then racing down court to score a fast break layup with 4 seconds left in the game.