Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday February 27

Feb. 27, 2011

No. 9 Duke Defeats No. 13 North Carolina on Senior Night, 66-58

DURHAM, N.C. -Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points and No. 9 Duke clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 13 North Carolina 66-58 on Sunday.

Fellow senior Karima Christmas added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2).

They won their third straight by building a 52-46 rebounding advantage, forcing 19 turnovers, building a 14-point lead after a 21-5 run-and then holding off North Carolina's late attempt to get back in it.

Italee Lucas scored 15 points and Chay Shegog added 14 for the Tar Heels (22-7, 8-6), the No. 6 seed for the league tournament later this week in Greensboro.

Deluzio Stars On Senior Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On a day of a celebration for the Seminole seniors, it was a sophomore that stole the show. Alexa Deluzio came within one point of tying her career high as her 22 points helped propel the No. 12 Florida State women’s basketball team to a 67-50 Senior-Day win over Clemson in the regular-season finale for both squads.

Deluzio tied her career high with four 3-pointers and shot 6-of-10 from the field overall. She also added three rebounds and three assists for FSU (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

With star defender Christian Hunnicutt out nursing a sprained left knee, Chasity Clayton started in her place. Prior to Sunday, the Seminoles had utilized the same starting five in all 28 games.

Against the Tigers (10-19, 3-11), it wasn’t just Deluzio that picked up the slack.

Junior forward Cierra Bravard registered 15 points to go along with eight rebounds. The All-ACC candidate’s streak of double-digit scoring games is now at 18 and with 998 points Bravard is just one basket away from becoming the 25th player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

While Bravard is on the cusp of updating the record book, senior Courtney Ward officially moved into a tie for most 3-pointers in a career in her final game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. With 198 triples to her credit, Ward is even with former FSU player Tanae Davis-Cain in the category.

Ward finished the day Sunday with seven points, six rebounds and five assists. ACC Sixth-Player of the Year candidate Chelsea Davis was once again strong off the bench, scoring 12 points and securing seven rebounds.

Freshman forward Natasha Howard added nine points, nine rebounds, two block and two steals.

The Seminoles had 47 rebounds and Clemson managed just 34. FSU held its opponent to 30 percent shooting.

#15 Terps Roll Past BC, 79-69

BOSTON (AP) - Freshman Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and nine rebounds, Kim Rodgers scored 16 points and No. 15 Maryland controlled the game with strong defense to beat Boston College 79-69 on Sunday.

The Terrapins (23-6, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) controlled the game for the entire second half, after leading by 10 at the break.

Anjale Barrett had 15 points and Lynetta Kizer 14 for Maryland. Diandra Tchatchouang added seven and 10 rebounds.

Stefanie Murphy led Boston College with 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. The Eagles (18-11, 5-9) lost four of their final five games of the regular season.

Maryland shot just 42.4 percent from the floor, but held the Eagles to 39.1 percent and forced 17 turnovers.

Eagles leading scorer Carolyn Swords, who entered averaging 17.4 and 8.8 rebounds, was held scoreless in the opening half, but finished with 14 points and 11 boards.

Rodgers' second 3-pointer in the opening 2 1/2 minutes of the second half gave Maryland a 47-34 lead. The Terps pushed their advantage to 53-38 on Thomas' fastbreak layup with 14:38 to play.

The Terps' defensive pressure took over from there. BC's possessions were continually challenged, many of the shots coming as the shot clock was winding down.

The Eagles did close to 63-55 on Swords' two free throws with just over 8 minutes left, but Maryland had a quick pair of baskets to regain its double-digit edge.

`Canes Clinch a Share of ACC Regular Season Championship

ATLANTA. -Riquna Williams scored 32 points and No. 12 Miami defeated Georgia Tech 70-59 on Sunday to close the ACC regular season with its sixth straight victory and at least a share of the conference regular season title.

Williams, a junior guard who came in averaging 21.3 points, was 4 for 6 from behind the 3-point arc as Miami (26-3, 12-2) dashed Georgia Tech's hopes of a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. She had 19 points after intermission and finished two shy of her career best.

Williams scored eight points in a 12-3 run that gave Miami a 52-42 lead midway in the second half, and Georgia Tech (21-9, 9-5) couldn't get closer than six points the rest of the way.

Johnson was the only other double-figure scorer for the Hurricanes, getting nine of her 11 points in the second half.

"We're not shy about celebrating," said Miami coach Katie Meier, whose team was picked to finish eighth in the ACC before the season. "We've celebrated this whole ride."

Tyaunna Marshall led Georgia Tech with 15 points and Alex Montgomery scored 13.

Virginia Earns 73-71 Overtime Victory At Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team concluded regular-season play with a 73-71 overtime victory at Virginia Tech on Sunday (Feb. 27) in Cassell Coliseum. It was the 10th-straight victory for UVa in the series with its ACC and in-state rival.

Sophomore point guard China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) was UVa's leading scorer with 15 points and she scored the Cavaliers' final three points in overtime to seal the victory.

Virginia's record improved to 16-14 overall and 5-9 in ACC play. Virginia Tech's record dropped to 11-18, 1-13 in league play.

Freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) finished with 14 points and six rebounds for the Cavaliers, while fellow rookie Jazmin Pitts (Mosely, Va.) just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Ariana Moorer (12 points) and Paulisha Kellum (11 points) also scored in double figures for UVa.

In the first half, Virginia Tech jumped out to a 15-7 lead after lay-up by Alyssa Fenyn with 13:41 left. Virginia clawed its way back and eventually took a 37-33 lead at halftime.

Each team held a five-point lead at separate points in the second half, but neither squad could hold onto it. With the Cavaliers trailing 65-63, Kellum scored four-consecutive points for UVa to give the Wahoos a 67-65 lead with 1:13 left to play.

Shanel Harrison tied the score with less than three seconds left on a jumper.

Playing in its third overtime game of the season, Virginia out-scored Virginia Tech 6-4 in the final period. After an overtime-opening three-pointer by Virginia Tech's Harrison, Virginia retaliated with a jumper by Telia McCall (Marietta, Ga.), a free throw by Pitts and a jumper by Crosby.

Holding on to a slim 72-70 lead, Harrison converted one of two free throws with one minute left in the game to pull Virginia Tech within one, but Crosby converted a free throw on the other end to extend Virginia's lead to 73-71.

A jumper by Harrison was off the mark at the buzzer.

Fenyn finished with 17 points for the Hokies, and Harrison added 14.

Deacs Earn Thrilling Overtime Victory Over N.C. State, 100-94

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Chelsea Douglas' three-pointer at the buzzer forced overtime and propelled Wake Forest to a 100-94 victory over N.C. State Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum on Senior Day. The 100 points was the most points ever scored by the Deacs in an ACC contest.

The victory marks the conclusion of the regular season for the Deacs, as they finish with a 14-16 overall record and a 5-9 mark in the ACC. N.C. State closes out the season with a 13-16 record (4-10 ACC).

Douglas continued to lead the Deacs in overtime, scoring seven points to finish the game with a total of 18 points and five assists. Sandra Garcia was the leading scorer for the Deacs with 23 points and seven boards, while senior Brittany Waters totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double.

Waters made the most of her final home game, dishing out a career-high seven assists and a career-high four blocks.

Junior Brooke Thomas tied her career-high with 15 points, including 8-10 from the free throw line, and sophomore Lakevia Boykin chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds. Mykala Walker collected a career-high 10 rebounds on the afternoon, surpassing her previous high of nine back on January 17 at Georgia Tech.

Amber White led the Wolfpack with 33 points, including 17-18 from the free throw line. Kody Burke scored 19 points, and Brittany Strachan finished with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with three three-pointers. Marissa Kastanek was the other double-figure scorer for the Wolfpack with 14 points.