Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 25

Duke Pounds Gardner-Webb in First Junkanoo Jam Game

FREEPORT, Bahamas - Tricia Liston is starting to find her shooting touch.

After beginning the season with back-to-back scoreless games, the sophomore guard has now put up consecutive 20-point efforts.

Liston scored a career-high 23 points to help Duke (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) rout Gardner-Webb 97-31 in the Junkanoo Jam on Friday night.

Chloe Wells added 14 points, making all five of her shots -- including three 3-pointers. Elizabeth Williams had 13 points and Shay Selby 11 for the Blue Devils (5-0).

Duke will face Notre Dame (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) for the championship Saturday night.

The Blue Devils jumped all over Gardner Webb in the first half, scoring 25 of the game's first 31 points and never looked back. Duke led 50-18 at the break as Liston had 12 points in the first half. Duke shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and tied a season high with seven 3-pointers.

Duke extended its advantage to as many as 67 points in the second half.

No. 8 Terps Topple FIU, 84-52

MIAMI - Laurin Mincy and Lynetta Kizer scored 15 points each to lead No. 8 Maryland to an 84-52 win at Florida International on Friday night in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Kizer went 6-for-9 from the foul line and Mincy went 5-for-6 with two three's.

The Terrapins (6-0) were never threatened after a late-first half run and then expanded a 44-30 lead at halftime with an 18-7 spurt in the opening 6:41 of the second half.

Alyssa Thomas scored six points during the run and Alicia DeVaughn's inside field goal with 13:19 remaining capped the surge and gave the Terrapins a 62-37 advantage.

Thomas finished with 12 points and Tianna Hawkins scored all 13 of her points in the first half.

As a team, Maryland dished a season-high 25 assists, including 10 from redshirt senior guard Anjale Barrett.

The Terrapins held an 35-23 advantage on the boards and beat the Golden Panthers in the paint 32-11.

Women's Hoops Improves To 4-1 With 83-54 Victory Over Jacksonville

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest had four players score in double-figures as the Demon Deacons downed visiting Jacksonville 83-54 Friday night at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons win their second-straight game and improve to 4-1 on the year while Jacksonville falls to 0-5.

Junior center Sandra Garcia scored a game-high 20 points on 10-of-12 from the floor. She led four Demon Deacons in double-figures on the night as fellow junior Asia Williams finished with 15 points and four assists while Secily Ray added 12 points and Mykala Walker chipped-in with 10.

Despite not scoring in the game, freshman Dearica Hamby had a solid night for the Deacs, finishing with a team-high seven rebounds and a couple of steals.

Wake Forest held the advantage all night in the paint, outscoring the Dolphins 58-22 inside. The Deacs also had the edge on the boards for the first time this season, grabbing 47 rebounds to Jacksonville's 46.

Yellow Jackets Fall To No. 13 Rutgers 59-40

San Juan, P.R. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team (4-1) suffered its first loss of the 2011-12 season when it fell 59-40 to the No. 13/13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) in each team's opener of the 2011 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall led Georgia Tech with 12 points, while classmate Dawnn Maye added eight points, and senior point guard Metra Walthour tossed in seven and tallied five steals.

Tech was never able to get its offense going, converting only 3-of-23 field goal attempts in the first half and shooting only 21.4 percent for the contest. To counter, Rutgers shot 45 percent in the opening half and 52 percent for the game. April Sykes led RU with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Monique Oliver added 10 points for the Scarlet Knights.

While neither side began the game shooting well from the field, the Scarlet Knights were able to find their groove and the Jackets were not. Tech didn't get its first field goal of the opening frame until Marshall converted a jumper at the 13:46 mark of the first half, cutting the RU lead to 9-4.

A Walthour basket just 20 seconds later pulled the Yellow Jackets within 10-7, but Tech would not get another field goal until Dawnn Maye's layup at the 8:55 mark to make it 19-12 Rutgers. Unfortunately for the Jackets, that would be their last field goal of the first half as they went into the lockerroom trailing the Scarlet Knights 32-16.

FSU Falls to No. 11 Louisville, 85-76

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Down by as many as 12 points in the second half, the No. 24-ranked Florida State women's basketball team fought back to tie the game in the final five minutes versus No. 11/12-ranked Louisville on Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Cardinals' offensive output was too much in the end, however, as they captured a hard fought 85-76 victory over the Seminoles.

Senior post Cierra Bravard scored a career-best 27 points and FSU shot a season-best 48.2 percent from the field, but made 24 turnovers and allowed Louisville to make 48.4 percent of its field goals.

The Seminoles dropped to 3-3 on the year, while Louisville improved to 5-1.

Florida State began the season playing its first four games away from home and will have played six of its first seven contests against opponents from the "Big Six" conferences after hosting Nebraska at 2 p.m. ET this Sunday.

No. 22 Virginia Falls To No. 24 Texas, 79-53

HONOLULU - Virginia lost its first game this season, 79-53, to No. 24 Texas Friday (Nov. 25) at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii. With the loss, Virginia's record went to 4-1 on the season, while Texas improved to 3-1.

Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Cavaliers with 17 points, while junior guard China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) also scored in double figures with 12 points.

Texas broke a 6-6 tie with a 3-pointer by Ashleigh Fontenette at the 17:24 mark of the first half that sparked an 18-3 run by the Longhorns. Texas led, 24-9, after a lay-up in transition by Fontenette with 9:18 left in the half.

At halftime, Texas had extended its lead to 43-25.

In the second half, Virginia got no closer than 18 points as the Longhorns held on for the 79-53 victory.

Virginia shot 18-of-53 from the field (.340), 3-of-13 from behind the 3-point line (.231) and 14-of-28 from the free throw line (.500).

Tech rally falls short as St. Mary's holds on for win

MORAGA, Calif. - The Hokies came back from a 22 point, second half deficit to cut the lead down to nine, but St. Mary’s held on to claim a 60-47 win on Friday night in women’s basketball action at the SMC Concord Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif.

Leading Tech (2-3) was Monet Tellier with 23 points on 9-of-14 from the field including 2-of-2 from three point range. Aerial Wilson added six points, grabbed a team-best six rebounds and handed out a game-leading seven assists. Alyssa Fenyn and Porschia Hadley posted six points each.

St. Mary’s (3-2) was led by Jasmine Smith with 21 points. Kate Gaze and Danielle Mauldin added 13 points each while Mauldin also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

In the opening half, St. Mary’s took a 16-8 lead at the 11:29 mark, but the Hokies cut the lead down to three (16-13) in the next minute off a three pointer from Tellier. The Gaels extended their lead to ten, 23-13 at 7:14, but Tech answered again, cutting the lead to four (24-20) with 5:36 on the clock. The Hokies kept the score difference in single digits as St. Mary’s took a 35-26 advantage into the break.

The Gaels held the slight advantage on the boards, grabbing 34 rebounds to Tech’s 27. St. Mary’s forced 26 turnovers resulting in 23 points. Virginia Tech hit 44.2 percent (19-of-43) from the field and went 3-of-6 from behind the arc.