Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 23

Nov. 23, 2012

Yellow Jackets Fall 75-72 in Overtime to Syracuse

SAN JUAN, P.R. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team (2-2) fought back from a 10-point second half deficit to force overtime against the Syracuse Orange (5-0) but fell 75-72 in both teams' opener in the San Juan Shootout.

For the second straight game, junior Dawnn Maye was the Yellow Jackets leading scorer with a career-high. Against Syracuse, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native shot 50 percent for the game and finished with a game-high 26 points. It is Maye's third career game with at least 20 points and her second this season. She added four rebounds, three steals and two assists, playing all but 27 seconds.

Senior Jasmine Blain played one of the best games of her career and finished with her first career double-double. The Atlanta native posted career-highs of 15 rebounds and 13 points. Sophomore Sydney Wallace added 10 points, while junior Tyaunna Marshall finished with 10 rebounds and nine points, narrowly missing her sixth career double-double.

Florida State Rolls Past EKU in San Juan

SAN JUAN, P.R. - Led by the senior trio of Morgan Toles, Leonor Rodriguez and Chasity Clayton, the Florida State women's basketball team opened the San Juan Shootout with a dominant 90-51 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday afternoon at Mario Morales Coliseum.

The 39-point win marks the first time the FSU women's basketball program has ever won four consecutive games by 30 or more points. The Noles opened the season by defeating Samford (77-42), Florida (98-67) and Stetson (76-44).

Toles didn't score a point, but was the catalyst for a Seminole squad that shot 54 percent from the field and 62 percent from three, dishing 10 assists and committing zero turnovers.

Virginia Opens San Juan Shootout with Upset Win Over No. 17 Vanderbilt

GUAYNAMO, P.R. - The Virginia women's basketball team opened the San Juan Shootout tournament in Puerto Rico with a 73-66 victory over No. 17 Vanderbilt.

The game got off to a slow start with the two teams combining to score seven points in the first four minutes. The Cavaliers extended their early 5-2 lead with a 7-0 run, highlighted by a three-pointer by Faith Randolph (Fr., Derwood, Md.). UVa began pounding the ball inside with Jazmin Pitts (Jr., Mosley, Va.) scoring Virginia's next nine points. Vanderbilt, on the other end, found its offensive stroke, hitting four three-pointers to cut a ten-point deficit to one, 23-22, with seven minutes left in the first half.

Virginia extended the lead back to five, 27-22, with Sarah Imovbioh (So., Abuja, Nigeria) going straight up to the hoop after getting a rebound after her initial shot was blocked. Imovbioh got another quick layup to make it a 29-22 lead, putting her into double digits in scoring with just under five minutes left in the first half.

Stroman Nets 1000th Point in Win over FAU

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Hurricanes returned to their winning ways at home, defeating neighboring Florida Atlantic, 76-61, at the BankUnited Center on Friday in the first game of the UM Thanksgiving Tournament.

Morgan Stroman, Miami's senior All-ACC forward, scored seven points on the night, becoming just the 22nd woman in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. The former McDonald's All-American also added 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Early in the second half, doing what she has been known to do best, Stroman bullied her way to an offensive rebound and put it back in for the milestone.

NC State Falls 66-64 to Florida in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The NC State women's basketball team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten after a 66-64 loss to Florida at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout at South Point Arena.

Leading by two with 20 seconds to play, NC State (4-1) left the Gators' Carlie Needles open in the corner and she drained her second three-pointer in the game's final 65 seconds for a 65-64 lead. Sydney Moss added a free throw with 0.9 seconds left to give UF a two-point win.

Neither team led by more than five points the entire second half, State took its largest lead of the game, 54-49, after a layup from Markeisha Gatling (eight points) with 5:51 to go. The Wolfpack would maintain its lead for the next couple minutes until a Sydney Moss (15 points) layup swung the lead back to Florida (4-1) with 3:01 to play.

Deacons Fall Short Against No. 12 Purdue 67-53

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - After a slow start, Wake Forest made a second half run but No. 12 Purdue withstood the challenge and pulled away for a 67-53 victory on the second night of the Paradise Jam.

The Demon Deacons fall to 2-3 on the season with the loss while Purdue remains undefeated at 5-0.

Wake Forest trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half but cut the lead to one a couple of different occasions in the second half. Purdue never gave up the lead however and would pull out the hard-fought victory.

Williams Guides No. 4 Duke Past Valparaiso 90-45

DURHAM, N.C. - Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points to help No. 4 Duke beat Valparaiso 90-45 on Friday night.

Tricia Liston added 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-0), who blew open the game with a 29-4 run beginning midway through the first half.

Haley Peters scored 16 points for Duke. Chelsea Gray and Ka'lia Johnson had 11 points each for the Blue Devils.

Lady Tigers' Frantic Comeback Falls Short in Dallas

DALLAS, Texas - The Clemson Lady Tigers lost to the Montana State Bobcats, 58-52, on Friday night at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX in their first game of the Hoops for a Cure Classic. Clemson (0-4) closed a 19-point second half deficit to just four with 32.6 seconds to play, but the Bobcats (3-0) hung on for the victory.

Clemson will play SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday at 6:00 PM EST in Moody Coliseum in the consolation game, while the Bobcats will play SMU at 8:00 PM EST in the Championship game. Clemson's game will be available live on ClemsonTigers.com or streamed online on WCCPFM.com.

Freshman Danaejah Grant, Clemson's leading scorer entering the game, scored 15 in the second half on her way to a career-high 21 points. She scored ten of Clemson's final 17 points in the game, nearly leading the Lady Tigers all the way back. Nikki Dixon and Jonquel Jones each had eight points, and Dixon was able to get to the free throw line ten times in the second half alone.

Boston College Falls to Sacred Heart, 54-48

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Boston College women's basketball team ended a three-game winning streak, falling to Sacred Heart, 54-48, in the Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Seattle University. The teams battled back and forth for the entire game, but the Pioneers (3-2) came out with the win over the Eagles (3-2).

The lead changed 14 times and the game was tied seven times.

Senior Kerri Shields led the scoring for BC with 12 points, tallying four three's, including three down the stretch. Freshman Nicole Boudreau had 11 points, going 3-for-6 from behind the arc, and junior Kristen Doherty had 10 points. Classmate Katie Zenevitch led on the boards, notching seven rebounds.