Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, February 19

Feb. 19, 2010


NC State Improves Postseason Resume with BC Win

RALEIGH, NC. – Senior Nikitta Gartrell led four NC State double-figure scorers with 20 points in a 73-62 win over Boston College Friday night at Reynolds Coliseum.

With the win, it pulls the Wolfpack to 15 victories for the season, a magic number when it comes time for postseason play. Teams must be .500 to be eligible to play beyond their respective conference tournament.

NC State (15-11, 5-6 ACC) also received 17 points from freshman Marissa Kastanek, 11 from red-shirt junior Amber White and a season-high 10 points off the bench from senior Sharnise Beal.

Beal single-handedly hauled in more offensive rebounds (four) than the entire BC starting five in what can be certainly labeled her best performance of the season.

Stefanie Murphy and Brittanny Johnson each had 15 points to pace Boston College (14-12, 5-6 ACC), while Carolyn Swords added 13 in the loss.

No. 8 Duke Defeats No. 19 Georgia Tech 64-50

ATLANTA - Jasmine Thomas scored 20 points and No. 8 Duke broke the game open in the second half to continue its mastery of No. 19 Georgia Tech with a 64-50 victory Friday night.

The Blue Devils (22-4, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Yellow Jackets for the 30th straight time. Georgia Tech (20-7, 6-5) hasn't beaten Duke since a 61-56 home victory on Feb. 27, 1994.

Duke led by 10 points in the first half and eight early in the second, but the Blue Devils couldn't take the lead for good until a 14-2 run gave them a 51-40 advantage with just more than 5 minutes remaining.

Krystal Thomas scored eight of her 10 points during the decisive stretch. Karima Christmas also had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Deja Foster had 15 points for Georgia Tech and Brigitte Ardossi scored 14 despite going 4 for 16 from the floor. The Yellow Jackets shot 34 percent and had 27 turnovers.