Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 26

Feb. 26, 2012

No. 5 Miami Led by Seniors in 88-42 Win vs. Boston College

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - When her Senior Day ceremony was over, Shenise Johnson wrapped her arms against Miami coach Katie Meier and lifted her off the ground.

Fitting, since Sunday was just another example of how far Johnson and the Miami senior class has lifted the Hurricanes.

Riquna Williams scored 20 points, Johnson added 19 and No. 5 Miami capped its Atlantic Coast Conference regular season with a 88-42 win over Boston College on Sunday. It was the 40th straight home win for the Hurricanes (25-4, 14-2), who bounced back from Friday's loss at No. 7 Duke by grabbing a quick 14-0 lead and never looking back.

Thomas Lifts Maryland Over NC State, 65-50

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half and added a career-high 17 rebounds, and No. 6 Maryland beat North Carolina State 65-50 on Sunday.

Thomas finished two points shy of her scoring high to help the Terrapins (25-4, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their fourth straight. They clinched the No. 3 seed in the league tournament that starts Thursday in Greensboro.

Laurin Mincy added 12 points for Maryland. The Terps never trailed, overcame 18 turnovers and used a late 17-5 run to pull away and claim their seventh win in eight tries against the Wolfpack (16-14, 5-11).

Virginia Defeats Florida State, 66-57, for Third-Straight Victory

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In the regular-season finale for both teams, Virginia defeated Florida State, 66-57. Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 23 points to lead four Cavaliers that scored in double figures.

With the win, Virginia improved to 21-9 overall and finished the regular-season with a 9-7 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference action. Florida State's record dropped to 14-16 overall and 6-10 in league play.

Virginia swept the regular-season series with Florida State for the first time since the 2007-08 season, having also won in January, 62-52, in Charlottesville.

Wake Forest Cruises Past Virginia Tech 68-39 on Senior Day

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Secily Ray tied a career high with 16 rebounds and sophomore Lindsy Wright recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wake Forest women's basketball team to a 68-39 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.

Along with Ray, fellow senior Brooke Thomas and graduate student Camille Collier were honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the start of the game.

Wake Forest finishes the regular season with a 17-12 record, including a 7-9 mark in ACC action, while Virginia Tech owns a record of 7-22 (3-13 ACC).

No. 17 Georgia Tech Extends League Win Streak to 12 in 62-50 Win Over Clemson

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Sydney Wallace scored 16 points as the lone Yellow Jackets player in double figures, leading No. 17 Georgia Tech past Clemson 62-50 in the regular-season finale for both Sunday.

Georgia Tech (22-7, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved on its best season in the conference, extending its league-wins record to a dozen.

A Wallace 3 fueled an 18-6 Yellow Jackets run that turned a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead with 4:30 left before the half. Georgia Tech led 33-25 at intermission and outscored the Tigers 29-25 in the second half. Georgia Tech pushed its lead to 16 points with just less than six minutes left in the game.

Outright Regular Season ACC Champs: Duke Over UNC 69-63

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tricia Liston scored 15 points to help No. 7 Duke beat rival North Carolina 69-63 on Sunday and win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship outright.

Freshman Elizabeth Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-4, 15-1 ACC), who had already clinched the top seed in this week's league tournament in Greensboro. But this win gave Duke an outright ACC crown for the first time in five years, while also giving fifth-year coach Joanne P. McCallie her first road victory in the rivalry.

Duke led almost the entire way, shooting 56 percent in the first half to lead by 14 points at halftime. The Blue Devils pushed that margin to 17 before the Tar Heels (19-10, 9-7) rallied to within four in the final 90 seconds, though Duke did just enough to hold on the rest of the way.