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Nov. 11, 2012
CHAPEL HILL - Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 24 points and North Carolina rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Duquesne, 62-58, Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Krista Gross and Waltiea Rolle added double-doubles for the Tar Heels, who will host Georgetown Wednesday at 7 for a spot in the Preseason WNIT final.
Duquesne led 35-26 at the break and by as many as 14 in the first half before Carolina mounted its comeback. Ruffin-Pratt scored UNC's first 11 points of the second half and 17 in the frame as the Tar Heels won despite just one made field goal in the final 12 minutes of the game.
It was a physical showdown throughout with 50 total fouls called and six players disqualified. Ultimately it was free throw shooting - Carolina outscored Duquesne from the line 22-13 - and rebounding - the Tar Heels won the battle on the boards by two despite being down 22-15 after 20 minutes - that decided the outcome.
BALTIMORE, Md. - Tianna Hawkins scored 26 of her career-high 33 points in the first half and No. 5 Maryland cruised to an 88-45 victory at crosstown rival Loyola on Sunday night.
Hawkins also had 13 rebounds and finished with a double-double for the second consecutive game. Alicia DeVaughn scored 16 points and Tierney Pfirman added 13 for the Terrapins (2-0), who have four starters back from last year's team that won the ACC title and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under coach Brenda Frese.
"I thought our energy was really good and Loyola was really scrappy," Frese said. "They made us work. They're going to go far with that kind of energy. I thought our size gave them problems."
Katie Sheahin, last season's Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, led Loyola (0-1) with 19 points and made all eight of her free throws attempts.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior guard Chelsea Douglas scored the final seven points of the game to help the Wake Forest women's basketball team hold off a pesky Coppin State squad 82-75 on Sunday afternoon.
The Deacons win their season opener for the sixth-straight season while Coppin State falls to 1-1 on the year.
With Wake Forest clinging to a slim 75-74 lead, Douglas hit a big three-pointer from the wing to push the margin to four with just under a minute to play. The Rock Hill, S.C., native them went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute to help seal the victory.
Douglas led all scorers with a career-high 23 points. She also tied her career-high with six rebounds and eight free throws made. Senior Lakevia Boykin also had a nice afternoon, netting 17 points and dishing out a career-high seven assists. Fellow senior Asia Williams finished with 14 points and also tied her career-high with six assists.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Led by senior Chasity Clayton's dominant 20-point, 18-rebound effort, the Florida State women's basketball team crashed the boards and hit the ground running in the 2012-13 season opener on Sunday, routing Samford 77-42 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles held a commanding 54-21 advantage on the glass and Clayton actually matched the Bulldogs in rebounds in the first half as she grabbed 12 and added 11 points for her seventh career double-double in the game's first 20 minutes. She became the first Seminole to grab 18 rebounds in a game since Jacinta Monroe snagged 21 against UAB in the 2006-07 season-opener.
"Everything was working," Clayton said. "I really wasn't worried about any (stats). All I could think about was what was going on at the time, play-by-play. When we turned the ball over, I think I was more upset running down the floor trying to stop them in transition. I was worried about executing."
ATLANTA (AP) - Bashaara Graves scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Sunday, and fellow Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick added 16 points as the No. 20 Lady Volunteers beat No. 22 Georgia Tech 71-54 to spoil the Yellow Jackets' debut in McCamish Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets (0-1) trailed 45-30 at halftime before starting the second half with a 13-0 run. The Lady Vols (1-1) bettered that with an 18-0 knockout streak to even their record in their second game since legendary coach Pat Summitt stepped down.
Junior Tyaunna Marshall scored 18 and Dawnn Maye added 12 for Georgia Tech in its new on-campus arena.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Presbyterian College guard Dria David hit a three-pointer as time expired to spoil Clemson's season opener, 49-46, on Sunday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum. Freshman Danaejah Grant had 14 points to lead the Lady Tigers in her debut, while Jonquel Jones had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers shook off a nine point deficit with 5:46 to play to tie the game with 12.2 seconds remaining on a pull-up bank shot by Grant. Out of a timeout, Sharece Smith, who played high school ball at nearby DW Daniel High School, dribbled past Clemson's man-to-man pressure and found David in the left corner. The shot swished through as the horn went off.