Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 12

Nov. 12, 2010

Pack Defense Stymies Cougars in Opener

NC State captured a season-opening 73-36 victory over College of Charleston Friday, highlighted by a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double by Bonae Holston, in the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum.

Holston's double-double came in only 22 minutes of action, six minutes of which came in the second half. The Newport News, Va. native shot 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line, while picking up six of her 12 rebounds on the offensive glass.

Marissa Kastanek turned in a 16-point, eight-rebound, two-steal effort on the day, which included a perfect 8-for-8 performance from the line. Kastanek also went 3- for-6 from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point range.

`Canes Dominant in Season-Opening Win

The University of Miami women's basketball team opened its season in impressive fashion, cruising to a 93-39 win over Kennesaw State, Friday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.

Morgan Stroman set or tied three career-highs as she, Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson all recorded double-doubles on the day.

The Hurricanes - employing a full-court press - kept the Fighting Owls on their heels early, jumping out to a 13-0 lead and never looking back.

Williams and Stroman each poured in a game-high 21 points while Stroman also recorded a career-high tying 12 rebounds and career-best seven steals.

No. 15 Tar Heels Defeat North Florida, 110-41

At times, Jessica Breland looked like her old self by confidently knocking down a turnaround jumper or pulling down one-handed rebounds in traffic. There were also reminders that North Carolina's fifth-year senior will need some time to get all the way back after missing last season.

Breland had eight points and 11 rebounds in her return to the lineup and the 15th-ranked Tar Heels beat North Florida 110-41 in the opener for both teams Friday.

Italee Lucas scored 21 points for the Tar Heels, who used a 10-0 spurt late in the first half to blow the game open on the way to their 10th straight season-opening victory. North Carolina led 46-19 at the break and pushed that margin to 72 points after halftime.

Behind Breland and Chay Shegog (14 rebounds), the Tar Heels also took a 65-33 edge on the boards against the undersized Ospreys of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Georgia Tech Women's Basketball Earns Opening Night Win

The Georgia Tech women's basketball team opened the 2010-11 season in the same fashion that it has in the previous seven years under head coach MaChelle Joseph - with a win. The Yellow Jackets claimed a 66-56 victory over city rival Georgia State Friday night at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Tech got off to a quick start and never looked back. A Sasha Goodlett layup at the 18:01 mark put the Jackets up 7-5 and that would be the closest Georgia State was the rest of the way. The stifling Georgia Tech defense limited Georgia State to one field goal in the final 3:59 of the first half as the Jackets built a 35-20 halftime lead.

Freshman Tyaunna Marshall led all players with 18 points in her first collegiate game. The rookie from Upper Marlboro, Md., converted on 8-of-15 shots, grabbed four rebounds, added two assists and two steals without committing a turnover in her first career start.

BC Women's Basketball Defeats Boston University, 84-65

Kerri Shields scored a career-high 21 points and Carolyn Swords tallied her 31st double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Boston College women's basketball team to an 84-65 win on Friday, November 12 at the Case Center.

Kerri Shields (21 points) shot a deep three to open the game and the Eagles took an early 14-6 lead behind her six points. Shields went 2-3 on her three-pointers and finished the first half with six points. Swords netted seven points and made seven rebounds in the first to keep BC in a constant lead. Terriers played catch up and narrowed the gap to 26-22 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half but BC pulled away, led by Jaclyn Thoman (10 points) with eight points.

A three-pointer from BU's Alex Young put the score at 40-37 with a minute left but the Eagles were able to keep the Terriers at bay to end the first half with a three-point lead.

Lady Tigers Knock Off Spartans

The Clemson Tigers opened up the Itoro Coleman era in style on Friday night with a 71-55 victory over UNC Greensboro in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tigers were led by Shaniqua Pauldo, who had 26 points and 15 rebounds--both career highs--in 35 minutes. She made 11 of her 22 shots from the floor, including her only three-point attempt, en route to her first career double-double. UNC Greensboro got 17 points from Amanda Leigh and 12 from Monique Lloyd to pace its attack.

Sthefany Thomas added 16 points and five assists for the Tigers, and Jasmine Tate contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. Kirstyn Wright filled up the stat sheet with seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals to go along with her two points.

Hokies late run leads to 59-52 season-opening victory

In its 2010 season opener, Virginia Tech surged late to topple the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, 59-52, courtesy of a 15-3 run in the last eight minutes of the game. Nikki Davis earned a career high seven steals while Nia Evans and Shanel Harrison led the way in scoring, with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Hokies' freshmen didn't waste any time making their presence known, tallying the first eight points of the game for Tech. Nia Evans scored the Hokies' (1-0) first six points, while Monet Tellier added two more on a layup. At the 10-minute mark, Tech held a 15-12 lead courtesy of a Shanel Harrison trey that broke the 12 -point tie. After that, Tech scored six more unanswered points, four by Abby Redick, stretching out to a 21-12 lead before the Blue Hose surged back, closing the gap at 23-22 with just under five minutes left in the half. At the break, Presbyterian (0-1) held the two-point lead at 34-32.

Opener Dominance Continues for FSU

The No. 14 Florida State women's basketball team continued the program's season- opener dominance Friday night with an 89-39 victory over visiting Alabama State.

The Seminoles (1-0) are now 14-0 in the first game of a new season under head coach Sue Semrau. They have also now won 12 consecutive home openers while also extending their winning streak in Tallahassee to 11 games.

Friday's 2010-11 kick-off game not only marked the start of a new year but also the introduction of freshman sensation Natasha Howard. Against the Hornets (0-1), the nation's No. 2-ranked recruit from the 2010 signing class looked every bit the part. Howard finished her first contest with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 19 minutes. She also added seven rebounds, one block and one steal.

Virginia Wins Season-Opener On The Road, Defeats Hofstra 82-66

The Virginia women's basketball team used a balanced offensive effort and a second-half scoring run to shake off Hofstra and win its season-opener, 82-66, on the road Friday night (Nov. 12).

The Cavalier frontcourt of sophomore Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) and freshman Jazmin Pitts (Mosely, Va.) was impressive for the 'Hoos down low, as Egwu tallied a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Pitts hauled down a team-high 17 rebounds to go with six points.

Junior guard Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) was the Cavaliers' leading scorer with 16 points. Rookie Kelsey Wolfe (Germantown, Md.) had her first-career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.