Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, November 14

Nov. 14, 2010

Virginia Defeats Mount St. Mary's, 81-58

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team cruised to a 81-58 win over Mount St. Mary's Sunday (Nov. 14) in its first home game of the 2010-11 season at John Paul Jones Arena. For the second game in a row, it was a Cavalier post player leading the way with a double-double as junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) paced UVa with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

With the win, Virginia improved to 2-0. It was the season-opener for Mount St. Mary's (0-1).

Shine was 7-for-15 from the field and 10 of her rebounds were on the offensive glass. She also chipped in three steals. It was her second-career double-double.

Four other Cavaliers joined Shine as double-digit scorers. Junior Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) and freshman Kelsey Wolfe (Germantown, Md.) had 12 points apiece, while junior Whitny Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Telia McCall (Marietta, Ga.) each had 10.

Balanced Scoring Propels Hokies to 93-53 Victory Over Wofford

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's basketball used two early runs and a balanced scoring attack in a 93-53 win the Wofford Terriers Sunday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies had six players in double digits and were led by Monet Tellier's 11 points, while Taylor Ayers (So. Augusta, Ga.) also contributed a career-high 10 points.

An impressive effort from Tech's freshman for the second-consecutive game helped the Hokies (2-0) jump out to a 10-0 lead. Starters Nia Evans (Fr., Decatur, Ga.) and Monet Tellier (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) put up 13 of Tech's first 15 points to open the game. After Wofford's Williams sunk a three to get the Terriers (0-2) on the board, Tech responded with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 19-3 and the Hokies never looked back.

"Both of these freshmen have competed at very high levels," says head coach Beth Dunkenberger of her productive newcomers. "They bring speed and athletic ability to the team. They have come in with a lot of experience and they are physically ready to play."

Midway through the first half, the Terriers were able to get their feet under them and run with the Hokies, but Tech kept a steady lead, going up by as much as 26 points on two different occasions.

Clemson Moves to 2-0 Behind Big Second Half

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Lady Tiger defense held Charleston Southern (1-1) to 26.8% shooting to propel the Tigers (2-0) to a 85-52 win in Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. Kirstyn Wright scored a career-high 29 points on 9-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and a career-high five steals in the contest.

"It started off a little hectic," said acting Head Coach Karleen Thompson. "I think that it's the anxiousness of the players being ready to come out and pounce on someone. We brought our good energy, but I think that towards the middle and at different points, we rushed a lot of things and looked a little sloppy. But we gathered ourselves, got back into it, and did what we had to do."

Clemson, who led 31-24 at halftime, outscored the Buccaneers, 54-28 after halftime to give Itoro Coleman her second win. Coleman did not attend the game as she recovers from the birth of her third child on Nov. 5.

After post play led Clemson to a win on Friday night, it was the guards who stepped up on Sunday. Wright, Bryelle Smith, and Sthefany Thomas combined for 54 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. Kelia Shelton also played well, recording seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 14 minutes of play.

Wake Forest Opens Season in Style, Downing N.C. Central 111-47

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team scored the most points ever in a season opening victory in school history, as they defeated North Carolina Central 111-47 Sunday afternoon at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Freshman point guard Chelsea Douglas led all scorers with 18 points, while Sandra Garcia collected 17 points.

Brittany Waters with 13 points, freshmen Jaymee Carnes and Erin Hall with 12 points apiece, and Asia Williams with 10 points. Williams also collected 10 boards on the afternoon for the first double-double of her career.

Jori Nwachukwu led the Eagles with double figure totals in both scoring and rebounds, posting 16 points and 16 boards.

In addition to the highest number of points in a season-opening victory, the 111 points were also the fourth most ever scored in a single game in school-history.

The Deacs dominated in just about every aspect, outrebounding the Eagles 63-47 and committing 25 fewer turnovers. For the game, Wake forced 38 NCCU turnovers and scored 46 points off those takeaways.

Yellow Jackets Fall to Old Dominion, 65-63

NORFOLK, Va. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2010-11 season on Sunday when the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs claimed a 65-63 win at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the ODU campus.

Senior Alex Montgomery led the Jackets as she recorded her 10th career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Montgomery added four assists and four steals in 35 minutes of action. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall, playing in front of a large group of family and friends who made the three and a half hour drive from Upper Marlboro, Md., posted her second career double digit scoring performance in as many career games as she tallied 16 points. Marshall hauled in eight rebounds, dished out four assists and grabbed a steal in front of a hostile ODU crowd.

The Jackets shot extremely well from the field, converting on 50 percent of all attempts, but they were equally as cold from the free throw line, finishing the game converting only 12-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe.

Tech was down at the half for the first time this season, 32-30, due in large part to committing 17 turnovers and making only 2-of-7 free throw attempts in the opening stanza. Despite the early struggles, the Jackets came out strong to open the second half, opening a 48-38 lead on a Mo Bennett layup with 11:26 to play.