Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 14

Feb. 14, 2010

 

Deacons Down Eagles, 60-56

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Four Demon Deacons scored in double figures as Wake Forest took down Boston College 60-56 in Chestnut Hill on Sunday afternoon.

Brittany Waters led the Deacons with 19 points and Secily Ray led on boards with seven caroms to pair with her 17 points. Sandra Garcia also put up 10 for the Deacs and Camille Collier added 11.

Stefanie Murphy had 19 points for the Eagles and Carolyn Swords had the game-high 14 rebounds.

The victory marks the first time since the Wake Forest/Boston College series began in 2006 that the Deacons have taken a win in Boston.

Boston College held a 23-22 lead at the half and started the final 20 minutes on a 6-0 run. At 16:19 Secily Ray added the first two of the Demon Deacons' 21 free throw baskets in the second half to chip away at the BC lead (31-26).

Wake Forest took the lead at 9:19 with two more charity stripe buckets from Ray (37-36). Ray picked up the rebound from Jacklyn Thomas' shot on the BC possession and Collier hit a floater to put the Deacons in front 39-36. Wake Forest retained the lead for the rest of the contest.

Maryland Topples Tigers, 71-51

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins defeated the Clemson Tigers, 71-51, Sunday afternoon in Comcast. The Terps remain on the road until they return home for their final game of the year against Florida State on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. ET.

Clemson scored the first four points of the game but Maryland answered back with a 7-0 run of their own to gain control of the lead for the remainder of the game. Freshman Diandra Tchatchouang sparked the run with a layup. Freshman Dara Taylor followed up with a three-pointer and Tchatchouang capped it off with a jumper.

The Terrapins went on a 13-2 run to close the half, 37-19. Taylor hit her second three-pointer to kick start the scoring streak. Tchatchouang, Lynetta Kizer, Yemi Oyefuwa all scored inside the paint to aid in the run.

Maryland continued to run the floor and the scoreboard in the second half.

Kizer led the Terrapins in scoring with 18 points and added seven rebounds. She was also perfect from the charity stripe with a career-high 10 makes in a career high-tying 10 attempts. Taylor scored a career-high 17 points, reaching 10 in just the first half. She added five assists and five rebounds. Tchatchouang also recorded double-figures with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. The La Courneuve, France, native hit a career-high six free throws, going 100 percent from the line.

No. 8 Duke Earns 65-53 Victory at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jasmine Thomas arrived at Cassell Coliseum in a two-game shooting slump. She quickly broke out of it.

Helped by two early 3-pointers, Thomas scored 22 points and No. 8 Duke held off a late surge by Virginia Tech to beat the Hokies for the 13th consecutive time Sunday, 65-53.

The Blue Devils (21-4, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third in a row, but were tested until the final minutes by the Hokies (13-12, 2-8). Virginia Tech was looking for a second upset on its home court following a win over then-No. 10 North Carolina last month.

The lead changed three times just inside the final eight minutes before Karima Christmas hit a jumper for Duke and Bridgette Mitchell followed a Hokies miss with a 3-pointer, putting Duke ahead 48-44. With the Hokies going scoreless for more than 4 minutes, Joy Cheek and Krystal Thomas scored inside and Christmas' free throw finished a 10-0 run for Duke.

Christmas added 15 points and Cheek had 10 for the Blue Devils. Shanel Harrison had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies. Lindsay Biggs scored 13.

PEELER: Kastanek Pays Tribute With Winning Shot

RALEIGH, N.C. – Last year, on the day NC State women's basketball coach Kay Yow died following her long battle with cancer, Marissa Kastanek was playing an away basketball game at Papillon-La Vista High, somewhere on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb.

That night, Kastanek scored 18 points in the first half, and 22 points in the game, leading her team to a 58-33 victory.

So it was fitting that Kastanek reprised her starring role in honoring Yow's memory, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight boards - including the game-winning basket on an offensive rebound with 1:07 remaining - in the fifth-annual "Hoops 4 Hope" game, leading her team to a 66-64 victory over Miami in Reynolds Coliseum.

The Wolfpack (14-11 overall, 4-6 ACC) also got 14 points from Bonae Holston, while senior Lucy Ellison grabbed 11 rebounds. Amber White, who did not play in last year's "Hoops" game, had 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. She called it her finest game since her freshman year when she helped led the Wolfpack to an upset win over No. 3 North Carolina on the day the Reynolds floor was renamed "Kay Yow Court."

For Miami (16-9, 3-7), Shenise Johnson scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds.

Kastanek's basket to give her team a two-point lead was the final basketball of the game, but the Wolfpack's defense was responsible for sealing the win. It held Miami's leading scorer, Riquna Williams, to just nine points in the game and scoreless in the second half.

And, on the final possession of the game, with the Wolfpack leading by just two points and 13 seconds still on the clock, that defense kept the ball out of the hands of both Johnson and Williams, forcing Charmaine Clark to take a shot as time expired. Ellison grabbed her 11th rebound of the game, and the Wolfpack recorded its fourth consecutive in this annual fundraising contest.