Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, November 21

Nov. 21, 2010


Lady Tigers Move to 3-1 behind Strong Defensive Effort

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson Lady Tiger Basketball team defeated the Kennesaw State Owls (2-3), 68-57, using a strong defensive effort to move to 3-1 on the season. Sthefany Thomas nailed a career-high five three pointers on her way to a game-high 18 points to lead Clemson.

“Even when we won our first two games, we taught,” said acting head coach, Karleen Thompson. “We’ll enjoy this win, but we will still be working on the things we need to work on. We’ll just continue to fine-tune those things and get them to continue to learn the new system.”

The Tigers held Kennesaw State to 18.4% shooting (7-38) in the first half and used an early 17-0 run to take a 33-16 lead into halftime. Kennesaw State never got closer than nine for the rest of the game as the Tigers won the fourth all-time meeting between the schools.


No. 6 Duke Dismantles Western Kentucky 82-55

DURHAM, N.C.— Duke came into the season knowing it had one of the best freshman classes in school history, and the No. 6 Blue Devils have so far lived up to the hype.

Haley Peters, the 6-3 winger, has made the biggest splash so far, and continued it on Sunday by coming off the bench for a season-high 17 points in an 82-55 rout of Western Kentucky.

Jasmine Thomas added 16 points, four assists and four steals for the Blue Devils (4-0) while Kathleen Scheer, the junior forward who has started all four games after averaging 6.4 minutes in her first two seasons, chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.


Florida State's Courtney Ward Sparks Win Over Vandy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Courtney Ward hadn’t been herself through three games.

Sunday against No. 20/23 Vanderbilt, No. 14/18 Florida State’s leader returned to form in a 72-66 victory at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Ward, a Preseason All-ACC selection, had her best game of the young season as she scored a career-high 31 points behind a career-best seven 3-pointers. Perhaps most importantly, her six successful free throws in the final minute helped the Seminoles (4-0) earn their second win of the year over a Southeastern Conference opponent.


No. 21 Terps Handle American, 78-52

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's basketball team topped American 72-58 Sunday afternoon at the Comcast Center. Freshman Alysaa Thomas led all scorers with 16 points.

Junior Lynetta Kizer scored 12 points and junior Anjale Barrett scored 11. Sophomore Diandra Tchatchouang added nine points for the Terps (3-1) who opened the game on a 23-3 run against American (2-2).

"We felt like [our quick start] was very important in both the first half and second half," said head coach Brenda Frese. "We wanted to have a lot of energy and give credit to the five out there. I thought they came out very inspired. What really sparked it was our transition game. I thought we did a really great job of being up-tempo

No. 14 Tar Heels Cruise By Western Carolina, 93-36

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) --- North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell was pleased with her team’s defensive effort.

Italee Lucas scored 16 points and Chay Shegog added 14 to help No. 14 North Carolina rout Western Carolina 93-36 on Sunday.

UNC jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, added an 11-0 run midway through the half, and then finished on a 15-0 sprint while taking a 47-17 halftime lead en route to the victory.

Virginia Rallies Past Longwood, 74-63

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's basketball team came back from a 16-point first-half deficit to rally for a 74-63 victory over in-state foe Longwood Sunday afternoon (Nov. 21) at John Paul Jones Arena.

With the win, Virginia improves to 3-1 on the season. Longwood's record dropped to 1-3.

Junior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored in double-digits for the third-consecutive game and was the Cavaliers' leading scorer for the second game in a row. She netted 19 points and added eight rebounds and five assists.


Virginia Tech downs VCU 63-61 in overtime

BLACKSBURG – Porschia Hadley made three clutch free throws in overtime and then blocked a shot in the waning moments to help lift Virginia Tech past Virginia Commonwealth 63-61 in overtime in a non-conference game played Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

With the victory, the Hokies moved to 4-0 on the season. Tech avenged last season’s 72-58 loss to VCU in Richmond and knocked off the Rams for the first time since 1995.

“Being that we have such a young team, everyone has to have confidence to pick each other up when we’re down, and that’s the key,” said Tech’s Taylor Ayers, who enjoyed a career game with a career-high 14 points. “Confidence is the key.”


Wake Forest Tops William & Mary 82-64

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Four Demon Deacons scored in double figures as the Wake Forest women's basketball team defeated William & Mary 82-64 Sunday afternoon at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Brittany Waters led all scorers with 22 points, while Sandra Garcia tallied 15 points. Secily Ray contributed 12 points to the Deacon scoring total, and sophomore Lakevia Boykin finished with ten.

Center Jaclyn McKenna led the Tribe with 14 points, and Taysha Pye collected a game-high nine rebounds


Georgia Tech Falls To No. 1 UConn, 71-51

ATLANTA - A 14-0 run midway through the first half for the top-ranked Connecticut Huskies gave the visiting team a large lead and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were never able to recover Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial as UConn won its 81st straight game, 71-51. 7,325 people saw the Jackets take on the two time defending champions, a record crowd for Tech women's basketball.

We're disappointed in the outcome today but there are so many positives for us to take away," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We want to thank our fans and our administrators and our supporters for everything they did to help us set the record for the highest attendance in the history of our program. I'm very proud of that.