Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, November 18

Nov. 18, 2012

Heels Win Preseason WNIT Title

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a game-high 22 points, Xylina McDaniel had her second double-double in four games and North Carolina won the Preseason WNIT for the second time, beating Iowa in convincing fashion, 77-64, Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

McDaniel finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds and her three-point play with 3:24 to go snuffed out Iowa's final threat of the day. Iowa (3-1) was led by Morgan Johnson, who finished with 20 points and 11 boards.

Ruffin-Pratt's three-quarter-court bank shot to beat the halftime buzzer capped a dominant 20 minutes for the Tar Heels. The Hawkeyes led 8-5 after five minutes but an 18-5 run by Carolina put the visitors ahead to stay.

UNC (4-0) was 18 of 36 from the field and 7 of 14 from beyond the arc in the first half, an impressive output from a team that shot just 37 percent in its first three games and came in averaging 65 points per contest.

Maye and Jackson Lead Georgia Tech Past Marquette, 76-72

ATLANTA - Junior Dawnn Maye and freshman Brittany Jackson led the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (2-1) to a 76-72 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles (1-1) Sunday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion.

Maye tied her career-high with 23 points while Jackson tossed in 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Junior Tyaunna Marshall added 17 points while sophomore Sydney Wallace finished with 11. For Marshall, it was the 57th time in her career that she scored in double digits.

"It was great to see four players in double figures," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We've been counting on Ty, Dawnn and Syd all year but to see someone like Brittany Jackson step up and make plays, especially the 3-point shooting, was good. We were able to make some adjustments and come out with a win. That's a sign of a good team, when you can play ugly and win. I thought we did the things we had to do and made plays down the stretch to get us the win.

Cavalier Women's Basketball Starts the Season 3-0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team improved to 3-0 with a 61-42 victory over Providence Sunday (Nov. 18) at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cavalier defense kept Providence off the scoreboard for the first 5:38 of the game, with the Friars going 0-for-7 from the field in addition to turning the ball over seven times in that span. It would be the first of two separate five-and-a-half minute scoring droughts for the Friars in the game.

Virginia, on the opposite end of the court, pounded the ball inside, opening the game with a 20-5 lead, scoring 14 of those points in the paint.

Providence gained some momentum, making a pair of three-pointers, with the second falling with 3:34 left in the first half, narrowing the gap to 24-13. After a UVa time out, Kelsey Wolfe (Jr., Germantown, Md.) drained a three-pointer from the right corner to temporarily ending the Friars' run.

Vernerey Leads Duke Past Iona 100-31

DURHAM, N.C. - Another career game for Allison Vernerey led to another triple-digit day for No. 3 Duke.

Vernerey scored 20 of her career-high-tying 22 points in the first half of the Blue Devils' 100-31 rout of Iona on Sunday.

Chelsea Gray had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams added 16 in limited duty for Duke (2-0), which hit the 100-point mark for the first time since a 107-45 win over UNC Wilmington last December -- also the only other time Vernerey scored this many points.

Duke shot 48.7 percent in this one while holding Iona to 17 percent shooting and outscoring the Gaels 53-13 during the final 16 1/2 minutes of the first half to match its second-most lopsided victory under sixth-year coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Florida State Keeps Rolling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior forward Natasha Howard's 23-point performance off the bench and another stingy defensive performance led the Florida State women's basketball team to its third consecutive blowout victory to start the season, taking down Stetson, 76-44, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The 32-point win marks the first time the Seminoles have ever started a season with three consecutive victories of 20 points or more, following 30-point wins over Samford (77-42) and Florida (98-67). It's also the first time the Seminoles have won three-straight contests since a three-game win streak from Dec. 4 to Dec. 19 of 2011 when FSU took down Charlotte, Akron and Alabama A&M consecutively.

Led by Howard and senior post Chelsea Davis (22 points), the Noles outscored the Hatters 50-18 in the paint. FSU also held reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and career 16.0 ppg scorer Victoria McGowan to just two points on a pair of free throws, as she shot 0-for-10 from field.

Miami Comeback Falls Short in 79-67 Defeat

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- One basket into the second half, Tennessee had a stunning 27-point lead over Miami.

The Lady Vols nearly wasted it all before snapping the Hurricanes' 41-game home winning streak.

Bashaara Graves scored 20 points, Andraya Carter added 16 and No. 24 Tennessee held on to top No. 23 Miami 79-67 on Sunday, becoming the first road team to win on the Hurricanes' home floor since Feb. 21, 2010.

Deacons Fall Short At No. 25 Kansas, 64-58

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Wake Forest pushed No. 25 Kansas to the brink in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday but the Jayhawks pulled out a 64-58 victory.

The loss is the first of the season for the Demon Deacons who are now 2-1 while Kansas stays perfect at 3-0.

Four Deacons scored in double-figures led by senior Lakevia Boykin with 15 points and five rebounds. Junior Chelsea Douglas and sophomore Dearica Hamby each finished with 12 points while senior Mykala Walker posted her third-career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hamby also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds on the day.

After getting out-rebounded in each of its first two games, the Demon Deacons won the battle on the glass 44-43. But in the end, Wake was done-in by shooting just 26.5 percent (9-of-34) in the second half.

Lady Tigers Fall to Gamecocks in Columbia on Sunday

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Clemson women's basketball team fell to the University of South Carolina, 64-43, on Sunday in Colonial Life Arena. Quinyotta Pettaway had 12 points to lead the Lady Tigers, who fell to 0-3 on the season.

South Carolina (4-0) outscored Clemson 38-14 in the paint and held Clemson to .239 shooting in the contest. The Gamecocks won a third straight in the series and narrowed the all-time gap to 33-25 in favor of Clemson.

Clemson was never truly able to bounce back after the Gamecocks ran out to a 15-3 lead. South Carolina took advantage of Clemson's foul trouble and controlled the paint. In the second half, they outrebounded the Tigers by 16 and went to the line 20 times, as three Tigers fouled out and two others finished with four fouls.

Hokies Fall To Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Virginia Tech women's basketball team fell to Michigan State, 57-29, on Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

Aerial Wilson had eight points for the Hokies (1-2) while Alyssa Fenyn added seven. Taijah Campbell grabbed six rebounds for Tech.

Jasmine Hines dropped in 12 points for Michigan State (3-0). Jasmine Thomas, Klarissa Bell and Becca Mills had 10 points each. Courtney Schiffauer pulled down nine boards for the Spartans.