Women's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, November 27

Nov. 27, 2010

Virginia Defeats No. 21 TCU, 59-55, at Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, USVI - The Virginia women's basketball team wrapped up action at the 2010 Paradise Jam with a win over No. 21 TCU, 59-55. Junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) scored 20 points to lead the Cavaliers to victory.

Virginia's record improved to 4-3 with the win and the Cavaliers went 1-2 at the tournament held in the U.S. Virgin Islands. TCU's record dropped to 3-3 with the loss.

Shine was 10-for-16 from the field and added five rebounds for UVa. Senior guard Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and sophomore guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) added 10 points apiece.

It was a back-and-forth second half after the first stanza ended in a 24-24 tie. Virginia built an eight-point lead, 40-32, with 10:18 left in the game. The Horned Frogs battled back, however, and tied the game at 46-46 with 5:43 left.

With the game still knotted, this time at 53-53 at the 1:04 mark, Kellum's second free throw gave the Cavaliers a 54-53 lead. Three free throws from Gerson and another two from Kellum down the stretch sealed the victory for Virginia, as TCU did not make another field goal.

Boston College Wins Junkanoo Jam Championship With 83-47 Victory Over Sacred Heart

Grand Bahamas - The Boston College women's basketball team captured the Lacayan Division Championship at the Junkanoo Jam with a 83-47 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon. The Eagles improved to 6-0 on the season with the win.

Seniors Carolyn Swords had 21 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Senior Stefanie Murphy finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double. Freshman Kristen Doherty finished with 13 points and five assists while Kerri Shields had nine points, four assists and four rebounds. Freshman Tiffany Ruffin had six assists in the win.

BC opened the second half with a 14-2 run sparked by four points apiece from Murphy and Swords. The run increased to 26-5 at the 12 minute mark in the half.

Boston College shot 49 percent for the game. The Eagles forced 17 turnovers and had 10 steals in the game.

The Eagles fell behind 7-3 early in the first half. The lead changed hands a number of times before BC slowly pulled away with 10 minutes to play in the half. The Eagles finished the half on a 9-4 run. Jaclyn Thoman's layup off a brilliant behind the back pass from Kerri Shields and a Shields layup at the buzzer gave BC a 38-25 lead at the half. Murphy and Swords each had 12 first half points to lead BC.

#23 Terrapins Roll Past UMass, 82-50

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The 23rd-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (5-1) rolled past Massachusetts (0-5) 82-50 Saturday afternoon in its final game in the Eighth Annual East Carolina Thanksgiving Tournament. The Terrapins dominated the paint, outscoring the Minutewomen inside 48-8.

Freshman Alyssa Thomas led all scorers with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. She grabbed seven rebounds, dished three assists and nabbed two steals. Sophomore Tianna Hawkins scored 14, as she was 7-for-8 from the field.

Sophomore Diandra Tchatchouang and junior Lynetta Kizer each scored 11.

The Terrapins led 11-9 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. 20 seconds later, Kizer made a layup and was fouled on the play. She made the free throw and jumpstarted the Terrapin offense on a 13-2 run over the next seven minutes. They led 39-19 at the half.

The Terps won the battle on the boards, 47-25. They have won the rebounding advantage in all six games so far this season. They grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to score 22 second chance points. Freshman Laurin Mincy led with eight boards in the game.

No. 6 Duke Tops Charlotte, 61-55

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - No. 6 Duke had been cruising along, barely threatened while making more than half its shots in three straight games. So staring at a 22-7 deficit early Saturday was a jolt to the Blue Devils.

"We were not poised at all," guard Jasmine Thomas said. "We kind of got a little rattled and had to take a minute and calm down and gain composure."

Duke never got into a shooting rhythm and Duke's big guns had to play a lot of minutes, but Thomas' 19 points and her big plays down the stretch helped the Blue Devils fend off pesky Charlotte 61-55 on Saturday to remain unbeaten.

"I thought our senior leadership was incredible," coach Joanne P. McCallie said.

Krystal Thomas added 10 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and eight blocks and Karima Christmas had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-0), who trailed 38-30 with 17:12 left before an 18-2 run to take the lead for good.

Yellow Jackets Claim Win in Paradise Jam Finale

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - A night after Georgia Tech didn't see one Yellow Jacket tally double-digits, four did so as Tech claimed a 61-46 win over the Missouri Tigers in each side's final game of the Reef Division at the 2010 Paradise Jam Tournament at the University of the Virgin Islands' Sports and Fitness Center.

Leading the way for Tech was junior point guard Metra Walthour who tallied 19 points on 4-of-6 shooting, but hit 7-of-8 free throws including 6-of-7 in the final two minutes of the game as Missouri tried to get back in the contest.

Senior Alex Montgomery and junior Sasha Goodlett each tallied double-doubles for the Yellow Jackets as Montgomery tossed in 14 points and grabbed 10 boards. Goodlett pitched in 10 points from her center position and hauled in 10 rebounds of her own. Overall, Tech out-rebounded the Tigers 43-29, the seventh time in eight games the Yellow Jackets have earned an advantage on the glass. Deja Foster, playing only her second game of the season, added 11 points and eight rebounds, including a 5-of-7 effort from the charity stripe.

"I think it was really important that we stepped up tonight," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "I was pleased with our defensive effort. To hold a Big 12 team to 46 points is a getting back to playing the way we play on the defensive end. It was good to have Deja Foster back out there. Her leadership and toughness really infects our team, and really brings out the best in her teammates around her.

'Canes Win UM Thanksgiving Tournament

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - It took a little time, but after a tight first half the University of Miami followed the lead of Riquna Williams and Morgan Stroman and pulled away from UNC Greensboro for a 78-60 win in the championship game of the UM Thanksgiving Tournament.

Stroman, who scored a career-high tying 21 points in yesterday's opening round game, poured in 15 more points and grabbed eight rebounds - earning the tournament's most valuable player honor.

Williams couldn't find her shooting touch against the Spartans, but the recent Naismith Player of the Year candidate showed her maturity by taking the ball to the rim and getting to the foul line. The Pahokee, Fla. native tied career-highs by hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Miami's other Naismith Trophy candidate - Shenise Johnson - recorded her third double-double of the young season with 15 points and 10 boards. For her performance, the junior was named to the all-tournament team.

Sylvia Bullock had the best performance of her career as she scored 12 points and grabbed 10 caroms for her first career double-double - hitting four of her five shots from the field.

Bravard's Third Double-Double Pushes Miami Past Alabama

FREEPORT, Bahamas (Seminoles.com) - The No. 14 Florida State women's basketball team beat Alabama, 68-61, Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

With the win, the Seminoles (5-0) will now take on Arizona State Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the title game on the Freeport Division side of the tournament bracket.

FSU earned its win over the Crimson Tide (5-1) despite committing a season-high 30 turnovers. Assistant coach Lance White joked in the pregame that Alabama would pressure the 'Noles the moment they stepped off the team bus and essentially that is what they did.

Despite the fact that the Seminoles had to overcome an intense Crimson Tide defensive intensity while still working out the kinks of a new offense, the scoreboard still favored the Garnet and Gold at the final buzzer.

Minnesota Bench Drops NC State, 71-67

RENO, Nev. - Leah Cotton and Kristen Dockery combined for 37 points off the bench for Minnesota in a 71-67 win over NC State Saturday night in the consolation game of the Nugget Classic.

That effort from the Golden Gopher reserves more than made up for a rare off night from leading scorer Kiara Buford, who came into the game averaging 18.5 per game. She made just two shots and had five points as she battled through foul trouble all night long.

Bonae Holston led NC State (3-4) with 18 points, while senior Brittany Strachan had 11.

Cotton's 25 points was a career effort for Minnesota (4-3), while Katie Loberg had 15, and Dockery added 12.

Amber White converted an old-fashioned three-point play at the 12:40 mark of the second half to give NC State a 51-50 lead, but eight straight points from Dockery swung the momentum in favor of the Gophers. Two more free throws from Cotton and it was a 60-53 deficit for the Pack with less than eight minutes to play.

Wake Forest Drops Its First Game of the Season to No. 16 Notre Dame, 92-69

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - No. 16 Notre Dame came out aggressive and Wake Forest never quite got settled as the Irish rolled to a 92-69 victory Saturday afternoon at the WBCA Classic in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame improves to 4-2 on the year while the Deacs drop their first game of the season and are now 4-1.

The story of the game from the free throw line. ND's aggressiveness forced 28 fouls by the Demon Deacons and the Irish capitalized, making a remarkable 37-of-43 free throw attempts. Wake's early season success hinged on its up-tempo offense and the numerous free throws by Notre Dame, allowed the Irish to setup its press and take the Deacs out of their game.

Wake Forest freshman center Lindsy Wright led the team with 14 points and four rebounds. The 14 points were her highest total this season. Junior Secily Ray, who recorded a double-double Friday night against Butler, finished with 13 points and five rebounds but fouled-out with just under three minutes to play. Sophomore Lakevia Boykin chipped-in with nine points and two steals while Mykala Walker added seven points.

North Carolina 87, Illinois 58 -- Story to follow...