Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 17

Feb. 17, 2013

Balanced 'Noles Knock Off No. 14 North Carolina, 80-73

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It was the usual suspects leading the No. 19/20-ranked Florida State women's basketball team to its biggest victory of the season so far.

Seniors Leonor Rodriguez (22 points), Chelsea Davis (21 points) and Alexa Deluzio (15 points) and junior Natasha Howard (17 points) all scored in double figures to lead the Seminoles to an 80-73 victory over No. 14/17 North Carolina on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

That quartet makes up FSU's top four scorers and each player exceeded her season average, as FSU defeated a Top 15 team for the first time since 2010.

The victory also marked the 11th 20-win season in FSU history and broke a four-game losing streak to the Tar Heels. Florida State lost at North Carolina, 72-62, earlier this season on Jan. 31.

Liston Leads Duke Past Wake Forest, 81-70

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke was stuck in a surprisingly tight game with the one team it always beats, and the player capable of single-handedly saving the Blue Devils had just dislocated her knee.

That left it up to Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams to find a way to keep No. 5 Duke rolling.

Liston scored a career-high 29 points with five 3-pointers, and the Blue Devils pulled away to beat Wake Forest 81-70 on Sunday after losing star Chelsea Gray to a knee injury.

"I thought it was a huge test of our team's resilience," coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "We passed it with flying colors, relative to their competitive nature and execution and the leadership that the team needed."

No. 7 Maryland Cruises Past Virginia, 73-44

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 27 points and 13 rebounds and No. 7 Maryland used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to blow open a close game and beat Virginia 73-44 on Sunday.

Alicia DeVaughn added 14 points and Malina Howard 12 for the Terrapins (21-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 29-25 before two free throws by DeVaughn sparked the burst 3:46 before halftime.

Ataira Franklin led Virginia (15-10, 7-7) with 21 points, but the Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five game.

Virginia missed 16 consecutive field goals tries during the drought until Franklin's 3-pointer finally dropped 6:22 into the second half. It was the first points for Virginia since Franklin's putback with 4:06 remaining in the opening half.

Katie Rutan added 11 for Maryland, which moved into sole possession of second place in the ACC because No. 14 North Carolina lost 80-73 to No. 19 Florida State earlier in the day.

Five Reach Double Figures As Miami Beats Boston College, 79-54

CORAL GABLES, Fla - Coming off of a week of rest, five Miami Hurricanes reached double digit scoring as the Canes routed Boston College, 79-54, on Sunday at the BankUnited Center.

It was the first time since Dec. 20 against NC State that five Canes hit double digits and is Miami's largest margin of victory since the same game.

"The rest showed in our hustle and play," said head coach Katie Meier. "We had to play defense for 40 minutes."

Miami (17-8, 8-6 ACC) was led by senior center Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson's 17 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Morgan Stroman also poured in 17 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out two assists.

Wallace and Marshall Lead Georgia Tech Past NC State, 79-70

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore Sydney Wallace and junior Tyaunna Marshall led the scoring effort in Georgia Tech's (11-14, 4-10 ACC) 79-70 win at NC State (13-13, 5-9 ACC) in the "Hoops 4 Hope" game as part of Play4Kay Week at Reynolds Coliseum Sunday afternoon.

Wallace made 10-of-20 field goals and knocked down four 3-pointers to lead Tech with 26 points. Marshall tossed in 22 for the Yellow Jackets. It was the seventh career game with at least 20 points for Wallace and the 21st for Marshall.

Freshman Roddreka Rogers powered Georgia Tech on the glass with a career-high 16 rebounds. Freshman Aaliyah Whiteside added 11 points for GT, her seventh game in double digits in this year.

"I'm very excited about the play of our team today," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We feel like we've been in every game the last month and had chances to win. We lost to North Carolina in our last game by two. Our young players are growing up. We're learning how to win a game and how to prepare to win a game. We had a bye week so we had a long break and we came back after it. I think you're starting to see better play out of our young, freshmen post players.

Clemson Overcomes 11-Point Second-Half Deficit To Beat Virginia Tech

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson women's basketball team trailed 28-17 early in the second half before storming back to defeat Virginia Tech (8-17, 2-12 ACC), 51-46, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. Clemson (7-18, 3-11 ACC) used a 16-2 run over a six-minute stretch to turn a 35-25 deficit into a 41-37 lead with 7:01 to play, and would hold on for the victory.

"We were able to claw back with incredible effort and intensity," said Itoro Coleman, who improved to 3-2 against the Hokies in her career. "They wanted it today. When you focus on effort and bring it, and there's no mistaking it on the court. It showed in the second half and helped us get the win today."

Clemson wore pink as the Lady Tigers participated in the league-wide initiative to "Play4Kay," a tribute to Kay Yow, the late NC State head coach. The initiative is designed to raise awareness for breast cancer research.