Women's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, November 23

Canes Top Alaska-Anchorage, 72-55, in Great Alaska Shootout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Shenise Johnson scored 18 points and No. 9 Miami beat Alaska-Anchorage 72-55 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Carrs-Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

The Hurricanes (3-1) shot just 27 percent in the first half against the Division II Seawolves (4-1). Johnson's 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer gave Miami a 28-26 lead.

Miami cranked up the defensive pressure after halftime, forcing 18 second-half turnovers with a full-court press.

Maria Brown completed a three-point play with 12:43 remaining to give the Hurricanes a 45-35 lead. The Seawolves closed to 45-40 with 10:49 to go but could not get any closer.

Morgan Stroman and Riquna Williams each added 14 points for Miami.

State Improves to 4-0 with 80-42 Victory over Jax

RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's basketball team defeated Jacksonville University 80-42 on Wednesday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack improves to 4-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season with the win, while the Dolphins drop to 0-4.

Five players scored in double figures for NC State for the second time this season. Freshman guard Krystal Barrett led the Pack in scoring for the second time in the last three games, offering up 14 points off the bench. Fellow freshman Erica Donovan shot 3-for-4 from behind the arc to notch a career-high 13 points.

Senior All-ACC forward Bonae Holston put up 12 points and eight boards to tie for 10th all-time at State with 671 career rebounds, while junior Marissa Kastanek and sophomore Kody Burke each scored 11 points. For Holston and Burke, it was their third double-digit scoring effort in as many games.

Forward Lakeesa Daniel set a new career high in rebounds with 12, and guard Emili Tasler tied her career-high with six caroms.

Wake Forest Cruises Past Mercer 90-44

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Asia Williams led four Demon Deacons in double-figures with a career-high 16 points as the Wake Forest women's basketball team cruised to a 90-44 victory over Mercer Wednesday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons improve to 3-1 on the season with the win as Mercer drops to 0-5.

Williams had given Wake a spark off the bench in each of the first three games this season and Wednesday was no exception. She was 6-of-7 from the floor and scored 12 points in the opening half and would finish with a career-high 16 points. Williams also grabbed five rebounds and had three steals in the game.

Freshman Dearica Hamby, playing in her fourth career game, finished with a season-high 13 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field. Hamby used her length well, collecting a game-high five steals.

Point guard Chelsea Douglas finished with 11 points and five assists for the Deacs while junior Sandra Garcia scored in double-figures for the first time this season, notching 10 points. Garcia was 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and also dished-out two assists.