Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, February 21

Feb. 21, 2011

No. 12 'Canes Extend Win Streak With Rout Over Wake Forest, 74-46

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead No. 12 Miami to a 74-46 victory over Wake Forest Monday night.

The win keeps Miami (24-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in contention for the conference regular season championship.

The Hurricanes took the lead for good after Johnson's basket 1:36 into the game put Miami ahead 5-3.

Johnson's field goal with 9:43 remaining in the first half gave the Hurricanes their first double-digit lead, 22-11. The Hurricanes extended the lead to 39-18 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining.

The Demon Deacons (12-16, 3-9) reduced an 18-point halftime deficit and got to within 45-32 with 13:37 left in the second half. But the Hurricanes outscored Wake Forest 14-2 during a 3:02 span later in the half and increased their lead to 70-40.

Chelsea Douglas led Wake Forest with 12 points.

Protective Pack Rolls over No. 12 Heels, 88-72

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State made its first green game greener – and Carolina blue a little bluer – Monday night as the Wolfpack upended No. 12 North Carolina in Reynolds Coliseum in the 92nd meeting between the two old rivals.

Using two enormous scoring runs, one of 21-0 in the first half and 22-6 in the second, head coach Kellie Harper’s squad committed just four turnovers in the game, the fewest since the school began sponsoring women’s varsity basketball in 1974. The outcome was rather heart-wrenching, as the Pack fell behind early, took a big lead before intermission, gave it back early in the second and built it one more time over the last nine minutes of the game.

The Tar Heels, who entered the contest in fourth place in the ACC standings, had little answer for the combined scoring of seniors Amber White and Brittany Strachan and the contributions of junior Bonae Holston.

White, the instigator of both scoring runs, pumped in a game-high 23 points for the Wolfpack (12-15 overall, 3-9 ACC), while Holston, Strachan and freshman Kody Burke each added 13. Strachan scored nine of her points by making three of her four 3-point attempts, while Holston added a career-high 16 rebounds to go with her baker’s dozen.