Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 11

Feb. 11, 2010

No. 21 Virginia Earns Overtime Victory At Miami, 69-63

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored 10 points in overtime to lead No. 21 Virginia to a 69-63 road victory at Miami Thursday night. Monica Wright (Woodbridge, Va.) finished with 24 points as the Cavaliers’ high scorer.

It was UVa’s first overtime game of the 2009-10 season, and its record improved to 18-6 overall and 7-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. With the loss, Miami’s record went to 16-8 overall and 3-6 in the ACC.

Kellum finished with 14 points and also had five rebounds. Wright, meanwhile, contributed six rebounds and three steals in addition to her 24 points.

Miami was led by Shenise Johnson’s double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Riquna Williams added 15 points and seven rebounds.


Eagles Top Tar Heels in Chapel Hill , 69-62

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP - Carolyn Swords scored 14 points to help Boston College beat No. 18 North Carolina 69-62 on Thursday night.

Kerri Shields added 13 points and Mickel Picco had 12 for the Eagles (14-10, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight.

Italee Lucas scored 13 points to lead North Carolina (16-7, 4-5), which has lost four in a row for the first time since 2000. Waltiea Rolle added 11 points and Chay Shegog had 10 points for the Tar Heels.

Boston College pulled away with a 9-0 run down the stretch, blowing open a game that was tied at 53 with 5:45 to play. The Tar Heels cut the lead to 62-58 on a 3-pointer by She'la White with 1:25 left, but they never got closer.


Free Throws Give Terps Edge Over Wake

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Maryland Terrapins nabbed a win over Wake Forest on the road using stellar free throw shooting to edge the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Terps won 70-65 extending their win streak against the Deacs to nine and giving head coach Brenda Frese her 250th career win.

Wake Forest's seven three-pointers threatened the Terps' lead in the second half. Maryland was ahead 65-62 with just over two minutes to play. Wake's Tiffany Roulhac missed a free throw and senior Lori Bjork grabbed the rebound. Freshman Diandra Tchatchouang hit the layup to give the Terps a 67-62 lead. But Camille Collier hit her fifth trey of the evening to bring the game within two with 1:33 on the clock.

Tchatchouang led the team with 17 points going 8-for-16 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds. Nared also recorded double-figure points with 10, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and pulling down seven rebounds. Maryland nabbed eight steals and blocks.


No. 8 Duke Cruises to 70-39 Win Over NC State

DURHAM, N.C. - The game is starting to come more easily to freshman Allison Vernerey, which could make eighth-ranked Duke even tougher to run down in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Vernerey had a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Blue Devils beat North Carolina State 70-39 on Thursday night, earning their 13th straight 20-win season and keeping them alone atop the league standings.

Vernerey had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the first 20 minutes for the Blue Devils (20-4, 8-1), including a run of eight straight points that helped Duke build a big early lead. Duke ran out to a 14-2 lead against the overmatched Wolfpack (13-11, 3-6), leading by 20 points before the half was even over.

NC State didn't score its first field goal for nearly 7 minutes and shot just 24 percent. The Wolfpack has now lost six of seven games.

Freshman Marissa Kastanek overcame a nightmarish start to finish with 14 points for the Wolfpack, but leading scorer and rebounder Bonae Holston had just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.


No. 10 Noles Drop Clemson, 67-50

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State's Jacinta Monroe had 15 points and 15 rebounds for her 20th career double-double to lead the 10th-ranked Seminoles to a 67-50 victory over Clemson on Thursday night.

The 6-5 Monroe said the double-doubles have been tougher to come by in her final season.

Monroe also had four blocked shots while helping the Seminoles shake off a sluggish start to defeat Clemson for the second time in a month.

Alysha Harvin and freshman Chasity Clayton added 12 points each for Florida State, which has won seven of its last eight games. Harvin got all of her points in the second half when she made 3 of 4 from 3-point distance.

The Seminoles (21-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) managed a 23-20 halftime lead despite shooting just 31 percent after a 1-for-9 start. They shot 53 percent in the second half.

Shaniqua Pauldo led Clemson (11-15, 2-8) with 12 points while Lele Hardy and Sthefany Thomas added 10 each. Pauldo scored the Tigers' first six points of the game and had eight of the first 10, but was held to just four points over the final 32 minutes.


Hokies pull away from Savannah State in second half

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Despite shooting just 18 percent in the first half and trailing by two at the break, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team defeated Savannah State in runaway fashion on Thursday at Cassell Coliseum, winning 68-41 in its final non-conference game of the season.

The Hokies finished the non-conference portion of their schedule 11-4 and improved to 13-11 overall, while the Lady Tigers dropped to 9-18 and have lost 14 of their last 15 games.

Sophomore Shanel Harrison had a career night for the Hokies, scoring a personal-best 18 points on 6-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. She also tied a career-high with four blocked shots, and added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Senior Lindsay Biggs added 15 points, all in the second half, on 7-of-15 shooting, and also tied a career high with three blocks. Senior Utahya Drye added 11 points to tie Michelle Houseright (1995-99) for 14th on Tech’s all-time scoring list. Junior Nikki Davis dished out a game-high eight assists and freshman Alyssa Fenyn grabbed eight rebounds off the bench.