Women's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, November 24

Nov. 24, 2012

Florida State Moves To 5-0 With Win Over No. 17 Vanderbilt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Senior Leonor Rodriguez (16 points) led five Seminoles in double figures as Florida State improved to 5-0 with a 73-59 victory over No. 17/19 Vanderbilt (3-3) on Saturday at Mario Morales Coliseum on the second day of the San Juan Shootout.

The Seminoles have won five straight games for the first time since beating Florida, Stetson, Missouri, Virginia Tech and Virginia from Dec. 28, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011. FSU also remains undefeated (5-0) in the San Jan Shootout all-time.

"We talked about integrity in our pregame tonight," head coach Sue Semrau said. "What integrity means is you are who you say you are. This was a test for us today to find who we are. Are we a team that fights? Are we a team that does the little things? Do we value team over self? In every category, we did all of those things tonight."

NC State Bounces Back With Gut Check Win Over Arizona State

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - 24 hours removed from its first loss of the season, the NC State women's basketball team bounced back with a gut-checking 72-68 victory over Arizona State on Saturday in the second day of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

Len'Nique Brown's baseline jumper with 14 seconds left sealed the win for the Wolfpack, who improved to 5-1 on the year. Brown finished with 12 points and a game-high four steals off the bench.

A balanced attack featured five players in double figures for the Pack. Markeisha Gatling had a season-best 16 points, while sophomore Krystal Barrett scored all 12 of her points after halftime.

Senior Marissa Kastanek added 11 points, and Kody Burke had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double, and 10th of her career.

Rolle Leads Heels Past La Salle, 85-55

CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- Waltiea Rolle got 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 25 North Carolina scored the first 16 points of the second half on the way to an 85-55 rout of La Salle Saturday at Carmichael Arena.

Xylina McDaniel opened the second half with a jumper for the Tar Heels (5-0), who trailed 32-31 at halftime, then added another bucket after a steal by Brittany Rountree. Krista Gross added a jumper and Rountree sank a 3-pointer for a 40-32 lead.

Rolle made a free throw and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt made two, then Danielle Butts, Gross and Rolle hit jumpers to put North Carolina ahead 51-36. The Explorers (1-4) never got closer than 12 points after that.

Georgia Tech Beats Milwaukee, 66-57, In San Juan Shootout

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Junior Tyaunna Marshall recorded her sixth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and junior Dawnn Maye added 17 points to lead the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (3-2) past the UW-Milwaukee Panthers (2-2), 66-57, Saturday afternoon at Mario Morales Coliseum in Tech's San Juan Shootout finale.

Georgia Tech opened the contest with the Panthers slow, making only two of its first 13 shots, falling behind 16-10 midway through the first half. The Jackets settled down to close the half and made eight of their final 18 shots, held the Panthers to only two field goals in the final five minutes of the half and took a 32-26 halftime lead.

Miami 75, Radford 58 -- More to follow

Boston College 68, Portland 40 -- More to follow

Virginia Falls To Syracuse, 74-73, In Tournament Finale

GUAYNAMO, P.R. - A whistle blown in the final 0.4 seconds of the game was the deciding factor in the Virginia women basketball team's 74-73 loss to Syracuse in the finale of the San Juan Shootout.

Sarah Imovbioh (So., Abuja, Nigeria) scored the first nine points for the Cavaliers, staking them to an early 9-6 lead. Imovbioh helped extend the lead to 12-6 by receiving a pass in the low post and after not finding a clean look, dished the ball out to a wide-open China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.) who drained a three.

Imovbioh made two more free throws right before the 15-minute mark, putting her in double figures in first five minutes of the game.

Virginia extended the lead to 21-14 on a pair of fast break buckets, with Crosby racing down court to score an unassisted bucket. Telia McCall (Sr., Marietta, Ga.) had a turnaround jumper from the free throw line for the other.

Hot Shooting Leads Marist Past Wake Forest, 81-66

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Marist made 12 three pointers en route to posting an 81-66 victory over Wake Forest on the final night of the 2012 Paradise Jam.

The Demon Deacons went 0-3 in the tournament and are now 2-4 on the year. With the win, Marist improves to 3-3 this season.

Senior Sandra Garcia led the Demon Deacons with a season-high 20 points and seven rebounds on the night. She was 9-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-2 from behind the arc.

For the Red Foxes, Elizabeth Beynnon led four players in double-figures with 20 points. Kristina Danella finished with 18 points and was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Clemson Drops Close Game To SIU-Edwardsville

DALLAS, TX - The Clemson women's basketball team went on a 15-2 run to close a 14-point SIU-Edwardsville lead to 35-34 with 11:51 to play, but the Lady Tigers (0-5) weren't able to regain control in a 49-43 loss at the hands of the Cougars (3-3) at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX. Clemson will return from Dallas on Sunday, and will travel to Indiana on Tuesday for a Wednesday showdown with the Hoosiers in the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge.

Danaejah Grant led Clemson for the second straight night offensively with 15 points, including six during the Lady Tigers' 15-2 run. Nikki Dixon scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 25 minutes as well. Jonquel Jones had five points, six rebounds, and four blocks in the contest as well.