Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 25

Feb. 25, 2010

No. 9 Florida State Tops Miami, 87-62
Jacinta Monroe scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Thursday night to lead ninth-ranked Florida State to an 87-62 win over Miami.

Monroe left the game with 2:31 remaining with her 22nd career double-double and sixth this season, but a point shy of her career high.

Courtney Ward and Alysha Harvin added 18 points each for the Seminoles, combining to shoot 9 of 15 from 3-point range. Florida State (25-4, 11-2 ACC) needs to win Sunday at Maryland and have first-place Duke lose one of its final two games to catch the Blue Devils.

Boston College Earns 83-70 Victory Over Maryland
Boston College junior Jaclyn Thoman hit four foul shots and a three-pointer in the final minute of the game to help the Eagles earn a 83-70 victory over Maryland in ACC action. Thoman finished with a career-high 18 points as the Eagles improved to 15-13 on the season and 6-7 in the ACC. This was the first time BC defeated Maryland in 11 games.

Along with Thoman, Carolyn Swords finished with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) while Brittanny Johnson added 16 points and five boards, Mickel Picco notched 17 points and Stefanie Murphy added 11 points. Senior Ayla Brown added 10 rebound in the win.

Maryland was led by Lynetta Kizer had 19 points, while Diandra Tchatchouang added 14 points and Anjalie Barrett notched 11 points.

Hokies hold off rally, defeat Clemson
Sophomore Shanel Harrison tallied a career-high 20 points and the Virginia Tech women's basketball squad received some clutch play from its seniors on senior night to hold off Clemson, 70-69, Thursday night in Cassell Coliseum.

Tech (15-13, 4-9 ACC) honored seniors Lindsay Biggs, Utahya Drye and Lakeisha Logan before the game, and Biggs and Drye scored the final 10 points for the Hokies down the stretch as a tenacious Clemson (12-17, 3-10) squad rallied from an 18-point deficit early in the second half. The Hokies shot 54.9 percent, while the Tigers shot at a 42.6 percent clip in the game, but Tech committed 23 turnovers in the matchup, 13 in the second half to let Clemson back in it.

Both teams started the game out cold, combining for 3-14 shooting and 14 points through the first seven minutes when the Hokies picked up the scoring. Up 12-9, Tech embarked on an 11-1 run to open up to a 20-10 advantage. Clemson would cut the lead to five at 23-18, but would get no closer in the opening period, as the Hokies ended the half on an 8-1 spurt, including a Harrison runner off the glass in the closing seconds of the period. The Washington, D.C., native scored 11 of her 13 first-half points in the final 10:09 of the period to help the Hokies to a 37-24 lead heading into the locker room.

Demon Deacons Trip Wolfpack, 66-50
In the last home game of the regular season the Wake Forest women's basketball team came up big with a 66-50 win over NC State, breaking the tie with Wolfpack in Atlantic Coast Conference standings to move into fifth place heading into the regular season finale on Sunday.

Wake Forest improves to 17-11 and 7-6 in the ACC while NC State falls to 16-12, 6-7.

For the fifth time in this season four Demon Deacons scored in double figures. Sandra Garcia led the Deacs with 16 points and Brittany Waters and Secily Ray each added 15 points. Brooke Thomas also had 11 in the Wake Forest victory. Nikitta Gartrell had NC State's team-best 14 points.

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