Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 11

Nov. 11, 2011

Boston College Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson, 68-57

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Shayra Brown posted a career-high 19 points and notched a career-high-tying seven rebounds, as Boston College (1-0) downed Fairleigh Dickinson (0-1), 68-57, on Friday afternoon at the Eagles' Conte Forum in the season opener for both squads.

Brown set a new career mark with six field goals and tied a personal best with one three-pointer. Sophomores Tiffany Ruffin and Korina Chapman added to the BC offensive effort with 10 and nine points, respectively. Ruffin's five field goals and 10 points today are new career bests for the guard.

The Eagles played an aggressive game, outrebounding FDU, 50-38. BC was strong off the bench in the outing, as 33 of the team's points were scored by substitutes.

The Boston College offense was strong from the start, using a 6-0 run in the opening 40 seconds of the game to take an early lead. BC scored a total of nine unanswered points in the first three and a half minutes of the game before Fairleigh-Dickinson was able to get on the board with a three-point jumper from Danielle Pankey.

NC State Suffocates Southeast Missouri State in Opener

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NC State women's basketball team opened the season on Friday afternoon, defeating Southeast Missouri State by a score of 66-29 at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack's performance was highlighted by freshman Erica Donovan, who turned in 11 points on the day.

Donovan's 11-point, 6-rebound effort on the day came during just 20 minutes of play. She went 4-for-8 from the field, and had a perfect 2-for-2 performance from the free throw line.

The Wolfpack's 29 points allowed was the fewest for the program since giving up the same number in the 2007-08 season opener, a 74-29 victory over UNC Greensboro.

Junior Marissa Kastanek offered 10 points for NC State in the victory, going 4-for-7 from the field, and grabbing three steals. Freshman Kiana Evans had a team-high 14 rebounds and eight points in 22 minutes of play.

Miami's Johnson Nets Near Triple-Double in 83-37 Rout

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami was leading by 20 points, and coach Katie Meier was steaming mad at halftime anyway.

"You are playing," she said, "as bad as my haircut."

OK, so Meier's locks were a bit out of place Friday. Maybe it was worth a bad hair day to see national player of the year candidate Shenise Johnson come within an assist of a triple-double, have nine different players score and the seventh-ranked Hurricanes open their season with an 83-37 win over Texas-Pan American.

Johnson finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, Riquna Williams scored 16 points and the Hurricanes (1-0) forced 35 turnovers on the way to winning their 25th straight game at home, a program record.

"Not quite sure exactly why we were so awkward to start the game," said Meier, who won the AP's national coach of the year award last season. "I don't know a better word. It just felt very awkward. There was no flow, there was no rhythm, there was no energy and that was really disappointing. ... I'm sure it had to do a lot with Texas-Pan Am."

Florida State Defeats USF, 62-49

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 13/14-ranked Florida State women's basketball team shook off a slow start to grab a season-opening 62-49 victory over USF on Friday at the WBI Classic.

Sophomore forward Natasha Howard tallied her fourth career double-double (10 points and 13 rebounds) and sophomore point guard Tay'ler Mingo scored a career-best 12 points in her first career start, as FSU used a 15-0 run in the first half to take control against the Bulls at the Ocean Center.

The Noles never relinquished the lead and when the Bulls got close in the second half they held them without a field goal for over four minutes.

"We consider ourselves a defensive team, and we just always want to get the momentum," Mingo said.

Mingo was the catalyst for that momentum a lot of the game, twice pick-pocketing the Bulls' point guard and taking the ball coast-to-coast for easy layups.

She finished 5-of-7 from the field and also had a pair of assists in a career-best 30 minutes.

Yellow Jackets Cruise in 2011-12 Opener, 97-37

Duluth, Ga. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team (1-0) opened an 11-2 lead by the first media timeout and never looked back as it cruised to a 97-37 win over Alabama State (0-1) in both team's 2011-12 season openers.

Four Yellow Jackets finished in double figures, led by sophomore Dawnn Maye and freshman Sydney Wallace, who each scored 13 points. Senior Metra Walthour tossed in 11 and junior Jasmine Blain added 10 off the bench. In total, all 13 players played at least 11 minutes and scored four points. Maye's 13 points and Blain's 10 were each career-bests.

"We're glad to get that first game behind us in a new arena and have the opportunity to get a feel for what it's like out here in Gwinnett," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "For the most part, we had the opportunity to play a lot of people, get a lot of people quality minutes and get a feel for where we are at this point in the season. I was impressed with our ability to score. We missed several free throws, I don't know if that has something to do with us adjusting to this court or just us missing free throws. I wasn't very pleased with our rebounding. Those are a couple things we'll have to address before Sunday. Overall, it was a great defensive effort and obviously our offense came from our defense."

Clemson Runs Past Davidson on Opening Night

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson women's basketball team got the 2011-12 season underway with a 72-62 win over Davidson (0-1) on Friday evening. The Lady Tigers (1-0) outscored the Wildcats 24-0 on the fast break and forced 26 turnovers on their way to the season-opening win.

"I think we played extremely hard, not always efficient, but certainly hard," said Head Coach Itoro Coleman, who began her second season as Clemson's leader on Friday. "We were all on the same page tonight. They [The Tigers] do a really great job of rallying around each other and showing support."

The Lady Tigers, who return just four players from the 2010-11 season, saw freshmen and sophomores combine for 62 of the team's 72 points. Freshman Nikki Dixon dazzled in her debut, tallying 21 points on 7-14 shooting and a 6-7 mark from the line, and stuffed the box score with five rebounds and five assists as well.

Clemson held Davidson to a 37.7 percent mark from the field and got out in the passing lanes to the tune of 18 steals, and turned the 26 Wildcat turnovers into 29 points, while surrendering just ten of their own.

Joanne Boyle Era Begins With 80-48 Win Over Appalachian State

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's basketball team, in Joanne Boyle's debut as the Cavaliers' head coach, defeated Appalachian State, 80-48, Friday (Nov. 11) at John Paul Jones Arena in the season-opener for both teams. Senior forward Chelsea Shine paced the Cavaliers with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Four Cavaliers scored in double figures - Shine, Jazmin Pitts (13 points, seven rebounds), Ataira Franklin (11 points, four assists) and Lexie Gerson (10 points, four assists) - and every player that saw time on the court scored.

Boyle improved to 10-0 in season-openers as a head coach as Virginia won its seventh-consecutive season-opening contest.

Virginia out-rebounded the Mountaineers, 46-36, and shot 46 percent from the field (29-of-63) including 6-for-14 from behind the 3-point line.

Gerson connected on a team-high three treys, while China Crosby chipped in eight points.

Virginia Tech Holds Off Old Dominion To Win Season Opener, 77-65

NORFOLK, Va. - Sophomore guard Monet Tellier posted 29 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Virginia Tech women's basketball team past Old Dominion, 77-65, on Friday in Norfolk, Va. in the season opener for both teams.

Tellier had 20 of her 29 points in the first half. She also added four assists and grabbed three steals for the Hokies (1-0). Junior guard Aerial Wilson posted a career-high 16 points while handing out four assists and picking up three steals. Alyssa Fenyn rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Hokies with 15 points and added four assists, three steals and a block. Nia Evans tied a career-high with three blocks and posted eight points.

The Monarchs (0-1) were led by Ashley Betz-White with 22 points. Tia Lewis added 18 points and pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.

"I am very, very proud of the way the team played tonight," said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. "With everything that has gone on with them having to accept a new coaching staff and trying to do some things that they haven't been asked to do before they deserve a lot of credit. This is their win tonight."

No. 10 Terps Top Loyola in Season Debut

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Alyssa Thomas scored 20 points, freshman Brene Moseley added 17, and No. 10 Maryland never trailed in a season-opening 84-46 victory over in-state foe Loyola on Friday night.

Thomas, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, had 14 points in 14 minutes in the first half to take the Terrapins to a 40-25 lead. The gap widened to 21 points with 17:43 left, and it was 66-36 with 9:41 to go.

"Our intensity was there. It started with our defense, which led to our offense, and I thought we were able to see a lot of great things, specifically in the second half, with this team," head coach Brenda Frese said.

Thomas also contributed seven rebounds and three assists in her 23 minutes on the floor.

Moseley went 5-6 from the field, including 2-for-2 from outside the arc, and 5-for-6 from the line with four assists and a steal in her Maryland debut.

"With Brene coming off an ACL, missing her senior season, to be able to come in and have this kind of performance tonight speaks volumes in terms of just how she has prepared herself to come back for this moment," head coach

Laurin Mincy scored 11 for the Terrapins, who have won 12 straight over Loyola and lead the series 18-3. Maryland next faces No. 11 Georgetown on Sunday.

No. 8 Duke Tops BYU 61-55 in Season Opener

PROVO, Utah - Chelsea Gray led all scorers with 15 points, including 13 in the second half to lead the eighth-ranked Duke women's basketball team to a season-opening 61-55 victory over Brigham Young on Friday evening at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

Chloe Wells added 10 points, while Haley Peters tallied 12 points on the night. The sophomore class that was tabbed the No. 1 class in the nation when they arrived at Duke scored 43 of Duke's 61 points on the night.