Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 21

Feb. 21, 2010

Christmas Leads No. 8 Duke Over Maryland, 71-59

DURHAM, N.C. – Karima Christmas started with jabs from far away. She finished with a knockout.

Christmas scored a career-high 25 points and made two big plays down the stretch to help No. 8 Duke defeat Maryland 71-59 on Sunday.

Joy Cheek added 17 points for Duke (23-4, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which closed the game on a 17-6 run over the final four minutes.

Lori Bjork scored 14 points to lead Maryland (18-9, 5-7), which trailed 36-33 at halftime. Lynetta Kizer had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Anjale Barrett scored 11 points for the Terrapins.

Maryland, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, led 46-43 with 13 minutes remaining.

Christmas shot 7 for 13 from the field, made a career-high four 3-pointers and added four steals to help the Blue Devils get their fifth consecutive win. She entered the game having made 2 of 22 3-point attempts in her last 12 games, but she was 3 for 3 midway through the first half against Maryland.

NC State Pushes Past UNC 74-63

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Bonae Holston scored a team-high 20 points to send NC State to an important 74-63 victory at North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena.

NC State (16-11, 6-6 ACC) won its third-straight game, and second this weekend, behind Holston’s game-high 20, 17 points from ACC Rookie of the Year candidate Marissa Kastanek, 15 from junior reserve Brittany Strachan and 10 from Amber White.

Cetera DeGraffenreid had a game-high 22 points to pace North Carolina (17-9, 5-7 ACC), who lost for the sixth time in the last seven games and is unranked for the first time since 2001. Italee Lucas added 15 points for the Tar Heels.

NC State went scoreless the opening 6:29 of the second half – allowing UNC to build a 44-37 lead. The Pack regained its footing on enemy territory after consecutive buckets by Holston and the team in red was down just three, 45-42, with just under 12 minutes to play.

Gordon posts double-double to lead Hokies over Eagles

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Junior Brittany Gordon poured in 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Virginia Tech over Boston College, 69-64, on Sunday in Cassell Coliseum.

Tech continually scored in transition and dominated the boards against the much-bigger foe to put away the Eagles. The Hokies out-rebounded BC 37-27, including 17 of the offensive variety, marking only the fourth time in ACC play the Hokies have out-rebounded their opponent. Tech also turned 15 turnovers into 21 points.

Along with Gordon’s fourth-career double-double, senior Lindsay Biggs tallied 17 points and senior Utahya Drye added 13. Stefanie Murphy led all scorers with 22 points for the Eagles. The Hokies shot 45 percent, while BC posted a 49 percent shooting from the field.

No. 19 Georgia Tech Upends Miami, 77-73

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A pair of Deja Foster free-throws with a second remaining in the game sealed a win as the No. 19 Georgia Tech Women's Basketball team defeated Miami, 77-73, Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.

After a pair of uncharacteristic misses by senior Brigitte Ardossi from the free-throw line with 2.6 seconds left on the clock, the Hurricanes would turn the ball over. On the next inbound, Foster would be fouled and then go to the line to help the team to its program-best eighth road win of the season.

Ardossi led five Jackets in double-figures with 27 points. Foster, Sasha Goodlett and Sharena Taylor each scored 12 points and Alex Montgomery added 10 points and seven boards.

The Yellow Jackets, who led by as much as 10 points in the first half, allowed seven Miami 3-point field goals and only held 35-34 lead going into the locker room. Ardossi scored a team-high 11 points as the Jackets shot an impressive 61 percent from the field.