Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, November 18

Nov. 18, 2010

No. 6 Duke Tops Auburn, 75-62

Jasmine Thomas scored 16 points to lead No. 6 Duke to a 75-62 win over Auburn on Thursday night at the brand new Auburn Arena.

Four other players — Chelsea Gray, Krystal Thomas, Karima Christmas and Haley Peters — scored in double figures for the Blue Devils (3-0), who shot 50 percent from the field to give head coach Joanne P. McCallie her 401st career win.

Thomas, a national player of the year candidate, also led Duke in assists with five — just one day after McCallie said her star guard "tweaked" her ankle.

Chelsea Gray (13), Krystal Thomas (11), Karima Christmas (10) and Haley Peters (10) were the other Blue Devils to score in double figures.

FSU Beats CSU, 62-53

The No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team hung on to beat Colorado State, 62-53, Thursday night and in doing so set a new school for consecutive wins at home.

Dating back to last season, the Seminoles (3-0) have now won 12 straight games at the Donald L. Tucker Center dating back to last season. The previous record of 11 was originally set by the 1988-89 squad.

Junior forward Cierra Bravard helped accomplish the feat by continuing her season-starting tear through the ’Noles’ competition.

After posting a double-double in each of the first two contests of the year, Bravard nearly did the same against the Rams (0-2). The Sandusky, Ohio native finished the night with a game-nest 19 points and eight rebounds and likely would have earned another double-digit rebound night had she not had the luxury of resting on the bench at the end of the game.

No. 21 Maryland Handles Towson With Ease, 72-47

Playing without a senior on the roster, No. 21 Maryland can't rely upon its experience to win at this point in the season. So the Terrapins must depend on depth, height and agility. Against Towson on Thursday night, that was quite enough.

Diandra Tchatchouang had 12 points and nine rebounds, Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins each scored 10, and Maryland never trailed in a 72-47 victory.

Although the final score would indicate the game was a blowout, the Terrapins (2-1) led 35-33 with just over 15 minutes left before finally pulling away.

Maryland's height and quickness eventually proved too much for Towson (1-2) to handle. The Terps finished with 45-24 rebounding advantage, had 17 steals and forced a whopping 28 turnovers.

Four Deacons Reach Double-Figures As Wake Forest Rolls Past SC State 95-36

Wake Forest sophomore guard Lakevia Boykin scored a career-high 17 points as the Demon Deacons continued to click on offense, downing SC State 95-36 Thursday evening in the Joel Coliseum.

Wake Forest (2-0) has now scored 206 points over its first two games and its pressure defense has forced a total of 68 turnovers. SC State (0-1) kept it close early-on but the Deacs used a 36-5 run throughout most of the first half to break the game open.

Boykin led four Demon Deacons in double-figures with 17 points, four rebounds and three steals. Freshman guard Chelsea Douglas, who led the team in the opener with 18 points, scored 16 points Thursday to go along with her five steals and four assists. Junior Secily Ray also dished out four assists in addition to her 14 points while freshman Erin Hall was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 11 points.

Late surge leads Tech to 73-66 victory over Elon

A late second half surge lifted the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team to a 73-66 victory over the Elon Phoenix on Thursday night in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies improved to 3-0 on the year while the Phoenix fell to 2-1.

Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) led Tech with 16 points followed by Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.J.) with a career-high tying 15 points. Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ken.) chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Taylor Ayers (So., Augusta, Ga.) collected a career-high nine rebounds to lead the Hokies on the glass.

After a tight first half which saw the visitors take a 33-30 lead at intermission, the second frame proved to more of the same.

Elon’s Tiara Gause dropped in two free throws to knot the game at 59-59 with just under three minutes to play. Tech started a decisive 9-1 run on a Harrison free throw then extended the lead on two Nia Evans (Fr., Decatur, Ga.) layups.

No. 4 Tennessee Holds Off Virginia, 85-73

Angie Bjorklund made six 3-pointers and scored 26 points as No. 4 Tennessee outlasted speedy Virginia for a 85-73 win on Thursday night.

Virginia (2-1) got off to a quick start, hitting its first eight shots and used a 9-0 run to take a 17-9 lead with 15:45 in the first half.

Tennessee (3-0) switched to a zone defense to slow Virginia down and rally back. A 3-point basket by Shekinna Stricklen tied the game at 32 with 6:42 in the first half, and the Lady Vols held a 41-39 lead at halftime.

Ariana Moorer led Virginia with 24 points.

Lady Tigers Fall at Gamecocks, 73-59, on Thursday

The Clemson Lady Tigers fell, 73-59, to the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-1 on the season, while South Carolina improved to 2-1 and broke a two-game losing streak to Clemson. The Tigers were denied their first 3-0 start since Itoro Coleman's senior season with the loss.

Coleman did not coach in the game, but is still eyeing a late-November return.

South Carolina took advantage of 24 Clemson turnovers, converting them for 28 points in the contest. Kirstyn Wright followed up her 29 point effort with 20 points for Clemson, and also added seven rebounds for the third straight game. Shaniqua Pauldo added 11 points, and Sthefany Thomas had 11 to complete Clemson’s double-figure scorers.

Jasmine Tate had 11 rebounds for the second straight game to lead all players, and she finished just two points shy of a double-double. Bryelle Smith had seven assists for Clemson, her third straight game of six or more.