Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 17

Feb. 17, 2011

No. 16 Terps Roll Past No. 7 Duke, 69-47

Lynetta Kizer scored 17 points, and No. 16 Maryland beat No. 7 Duke 69-47 Thursday night to drop the Blue Devils into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Terrapins (21-5, 7-4) let a 12-point lead dwindle to 39-38 before pulling away. The victory enabled Maryland to avoid its first three-game skid of the season.

Duke (23-3, 9-2) shot only 35 percent, committed 20 turnovers and was outrebounded 42-31. After starting the season with 20 straight wins, the Blue Devils are 3-3 in their last six games.

Jasmine Thomas led Duke with 12 points and Allison Vernerey had 10. Chelsea Gray, who had totaled 43 points in her last three games, was sick and did not make the trip.

Successive layups by Alyssa Thomas put Maryland up 35-23 with 17 minutes left. Soon after that, Jasmine Thomas scored five points and Chloe Wells contributed two baskets to a 13-2 spree that got Duke to 39-38.

Tianna Hawkins answered with two straight layups for the Terrapins, Diandra Tchatchouang drilled a 3-pointer and Dara Taylor bounced a jumper off the glass for a 48-38 lead.

Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Hawkins scored 10 to help the Terps bounce back from successive losses to Miami and Virginia.

FSU Edges Wake Forest, 82-79

The No. 12 Florida State women’s basketball team has been perfect on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference all season long and that trend continued Thursday night in Winston-Salem.

FSU withstood a surprisingly strong early start and then finish by Wake Forest before achieving an 82-79 win inside Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum.

Getting to that 21st victory meant holding on against a spirited Wake Forest squad that played better than its record would suggest. It appeared on multiple occasions that Florida State would run away with the win but with just under 1:30 to play, the ’Noles were up just 77-75.

After both teams traded two points, senior guard Christian Hunnicutt rebounded a Cierra Bravard miss and quickly scored to extend FSU’s lead and give her team the win.

Senior guard Courtney Ward added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists while freshman forward Natasha Howard had nine points and seven rebounds.

Hunnicutt also had nine points to go along with five assists and three rebounds and sophomore forward Chelsea Davis had eight points and four rebounds.

No. 13 'Canes Top Boston College, 90-80

Riquna Williams scored 23 of her 25 points in the second half to lead No. 13 Miami to a 90-80 win over Boston College on Thursday night.

Shenise Johnson, the reigning conference player of the week, had 30 points and Morgan Stroman had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Carolyn Swords had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Kerri Shields scored 17 points for the Eagles (17-9, 4-7).

Shields hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie it at 73 with just under 6 minutes to play, but Miami went on a 10-0 run over the next 2:48. Johnson had five points, including a three-point play, and Williams scored three during the run.

The Hurricanes, who trailed by eight at halftime, opened the second half with a 10-0 run - Williams had six points and Johnson the other four. Miami forced BC into four quick turnovers and a handful of tough shots for easy transition baskets.

The teams were tied three times before Williams and Johnson again took command, running the floor or driving the lane for easy baskets. After each BC miss, Williams would drive down the floor, catching the larger Eagles trailing badly on the break.

Wolfpack Women Thump Hokies

Bonae Holston, Marissa Kastanek and Amber White combined for 54 points to send NC State to an 81-65 win over Virginia Tech Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Holston led NC State (11-15, 2-9 ACC) with 20 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Kastanek and White each added 17 points, while Kody Burke and Brittany Strachan rounded out a balanced attack with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Monet Tellier tied a career-high with 23 points to pace Virginia Tech (11-15, 1-10 ACC).

A 14-5 run out of halftime, capped by a three-pointer right in front of the Wolfpack bench by Strachan, made it 48-36 in favor of the Pack.

The senior from Kernersville, N.C., connected again from distance moments later to give NC State a 53-38 lead with 13:27 left to play.

Tellier did everything she could to keep the Hokies within striking distance. The freshman from Charlotte scored 16 straight points at one point in the second half, but the Pack still led 60-52 with 9:07 to play.

Georgia Tech Notches Fifth Straight 20 Win Season With 72-46 Win Over Clemson

The Georgia Tech women's basketball notched its fifth straight 20 win season with a 72-46 victory over the visiting Clemson Lady Tigers on Thursday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

With the win, Tech improves to 20-8 overall and 8-4 in ACC play. The loss drops Clemson to 10-17 and 3-9 in league play.

Junior center Sasha Goodlett bounced back from tough shooting nights in the past two games to go 6-of-8 against the Lady Tigers and score a game-high 12 points.

It is the eighth time in the history of the Jacket program the team has reached the 20 win plateau and the fifth in eight seasons under head coach MaChelle Joseph.

Both sides struggled in the first half and Tech took a 26-18 lead into the break. In the opening frame, the Jackets managed just a 33.3 percent shooting effort while the Lady Tigers mustered only 32 percent.