Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, March 3

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March 3, 2013

Jones, No. 5 Duke Beat No. 15 North Carolina, 65-58

DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Alexis Jones scored a season-high 22 points and fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 15 North Carolina 65-58 on Sunday for its Atlantic Coast Conference-record 17th regular-season league victory.

Elizabeth Williams added 13 points for the Blue Devils (27-2, 17-1).

They overcame a season-high 29 turnovers by forcing the hot-and-cold Tar Heels (26-5, 14-4) to miss 19 consecutive shots during a span of roughly 10 minutes in the second half and beat their archrivals for the sixth straight time.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt led North Carolina with 16 points on 5-of-23 shooting.

The Tar Heels got as close as six points in the final minutes, clawing to 50-44 when freshman Xylina McDaniel was fouled while making a layup with 3:03 left.

After she missed the free throw, Duke pulled away.

No. 9 Maryland cruises to win over Wake Forest, 88-61

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Tianna Hawkins scored 18 points, Alyssa Thomas added 16, and No. 9 Maryland defeated Wake Forest 88-61 Sunday to snap its first losing streak of the season.

Coming off losses to Top 25 foes Duke and Florida State, the Terrapins (23-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 38-22 at halftime and coasted to their 14th straight victory over the Demon Deacons (12-18, 5-13).

Maryland will receive a first-round bye in the ACC tournament, which gets under way Thursday. The Terrapins, who won the event last year, will be seeded either second or third.

Playing in her final regular-season home game, Hawkins grabbed 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season and 37th of her career. The 6-foot-3 senior forward leads the ACC in scoring and ranks second in rebounding.

Second Half Run Secures 20-Win Season for Miami 

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A 12-1 second half run from the Hurricanes broke a 31-31 tie and propelled Miami to a 64-46 win over Virginia Tech in both teams' regular season finale at Cassell Coliseum.

The win gave Miami its fourth consecutive 20-win season, the second longest streak in program history, and put it in a fourth-place tie with Florida State in the conference standings.

In the final regular season game of her career, Morgan Stroman had a dominating performance with game highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. The double-double was the eighth of the season for the Hopkins, S.C., native.

Fellow senior Stefanie Yderstrom connected on a game-high three three-pointers, including two in the second half to help put the game away. She ended the game with 13 points. Suriya McGuire scored 12 points and Shawnice Wilson added 11 to go with her eight rebounds to help pace the Canes.

Randolph Leads Virginia Past No. 24 Florida State, 72-60

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 points and Simone Egwu had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Virginia ended a five-game losing streak by defeating No. 24 Florida State 72-60 Sunday in the teams' regular-season finale.

The Cavaliers (16-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a 22-point performance by Florida State's Alexa Deluzio, whose six 3-pointers tied her career high.

Natasha Howard's three-point play gave the Seminoles (21-8, 11-7) their final lead, 55-53 with 5:42 left, but the Cavaliers ran off the next seven points. Randolph's 3-pointer put them ahead to stay, 58-55, at the 4:14 mark, and they pulled away with 10-for-10 free-throw shooting in the final 2 minutes.

Ataira Franklin scored 18 points for Virginia, which will be seeded sixth and play Thursday at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

NC State Downs Clemson, 63-47, in Regular Season Finale

CLEMSON, S.C. - The NC State women's basketball team shot 60.9 percent in the second half to bring home a 63-47 victory at Clemson on Sunday in the final game of the regular season.

NC State (15-15, 7-11 ACC) will now await word on seeding information for the ACC Tournament that will be announced by the ACC office this evening. The tournament begins Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Len'Nique Brown, Markeisha Gatling and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman each scored 14 points to pace another balanced attack for the Wolfpack. Lakeesa Daniel hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds, while Brown once again led in assists with six.

Boston College Defeats Georgia Tech, 74-68

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Katie Zenevitch recorded 20 points and six rebounds to lead Boston College past Georgia Tech, 74-68, in front of 1,220 fans in Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.

In its regular-season finale, the Eagles (11-18, 5-13 ACC) led by as many as 11 points in the second half and withstood a late rally from the Yellow Jackets (14-15, 7-11 ACC) behind clutch baskets from freshman Nicole Boudreau and junior Kristen Doherty inside of the last 90 seconds.

Zenevitch scored at least 20 points in a game for the fifth time this season on 8-of-14 shooting while Doherty totaled 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Boudreau scored 16 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, and senior Kerri Shields tallied 10 points and six rebounds on Senior Day.