Women's Basketball ACCtion:Sunday, February 28

Feb. 28, 2010

North Carolina Upends No. 6 Duke, 64-54

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)--Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half to help North Carolina upset No. 6 Duke 64-54 and earn a needed victory for their NCAA tournament hopes.

Waltiea Rolle added 12 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for the Tar Heels (18-10, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pushed ahead for good behind DeGraffenreid in the final 10 minutes of a physical game that included some extra tension after North Carolina freshman Cierra Robertson-Warren was ejected with about 13 minutes left.

But the Tar Heels held the Blue Devils (24-5, 12-2) without a field goal for the final 6 minutes to erase a month's worth of frustration.

Wright Scores 27 on Senior Day To Lead No. 18 UVa Past Virginia Tech, 55-46

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia career scoring leader Monica Wright had 27 points and 10 rebounds in her final home game to lead the Cavaliers (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to a 55-46 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday. Wright's No. 22 jersey was retired in a postgame ceremony.

Virginia (21-8, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched the third seed in next week's conference tournament. Virginia Tech (15-14, 4-10) had its two-game winning streak snapped and lost its eighth in a row in the series. The Hokies were paced by Shanel Harrison with 15 points.

The Cavaliers came into the game off losses to No. 6 Duke and No. 9 Florida State. They trailed 25-20 after a sloppy first half, but a putback by Chelsea Shine sparked an 18-3 second-half burst that gave the Cavaliers a 41-32 lead. The Cavs led by at least five points the rest of the way.


Lady Tigers Down Wake Forest, 67-62, on Senior Day

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson's seniors were determined to make sure the Lady Tigers won on Sunday, and backed it up with big plays down the stretch in a 67-62 win over Wake Forest (17-12, 7-7 ACC) on Sunday in Littlejohn. The Tigers (13-17, 4-10 ACC) closed out the ACC season having won four of their final five home games.

For the second consecutive game, Lele Hardy found her touch from long range, nailing 4-5 from behind the arc on her way to a 23-point night. She also added ten rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season, and had six steals, giving her 394 in her career, moving her into a tie for 21st on the NCAA Division-I all-time list. She also moved alone into fifth in ACC history in career steals.

The Tigers gave plenty of support on Sunday, as Shaniqua Pauldo had 17 points, and Sthefany Thomas had ten points, including a key and-one with 4:43 to play to put Clemson ahead by five, and a pair of free throws with 1:11 remaining to tie the game.

`Canes Battle Back For OT Win on Senior Day

CORAL GABLES - The University of Miami women's basketball team (17-12, 4-10) overcame a nine-point deficit with 1:32 remaining in regulation and pulled away in overtime to defeat the Boston College Eagles (15-14, 6-8), 76-68 Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.

Katie Meier called a timeout with three seconds remaining and designed a lob play for senior Diane Barnes under the basket. The lob was a too high for Barnes to control, but she managed to get her fingertips on it and the deflection went to a wide open Morgan Stroman. The freshman made the layup and forced overtime with the scored knotted at 64.

In the overtime period Barnes took over. The Lakeland, Fla. native scored seven of her 12 points in the extra frame and grabbed four rebounds. She ended the game just a rebound shy of her eighth double-double of the season.

NC State Senior Finally Beat Ga. Tech in Season Finale

RALEIGH, N.C. – Brittany Strachan made sure she sent her senior teammates off the floor at Reynolds Coliseum for the final time as winners.

The lanky junior’s three-pointer with one minute left sent NC State (17-12, 7-7 ACC) to a crucial 54-46 victory over No. 22 Georgia Tech – its first win over a ranked team in six chances this season.

Her only trifecta of the game nudged the lead up to five and it was the dagger that sliced Georgia Tech (22-8, 8-6 ACC) for good.

No. 9 Seminoles Breeze By Terps, 94-61

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Eager to ring up a feel-good victory before entering the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, No. 9 Florida State got exactly what it was looking for against struggling Maryland.

The Seminoles gained a share of first place in the ACC and extended their winning streak to eight games with a 94-61 rout Sunday that was never in doubt after halftime.

Courtney Ward and Christian Hunnicutt each scored 15 points, Angel Gray had 14 and Jacinta Monroe added 13 for the Seminoles (26-4, 12-2). Florida State shot 59 percent, went 12 for 16 from beyond the arc and forced 23 turnovers.