Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, November 27

Nov. 28, 2011

Boston College Downs Bryant, 68-42

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Katie Zenevitch posted 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as Boston College (2-2) defeated Bryant (3-2), 68-42, on Sunday afternoon at the Eagles' Conte Forum in the first ever meeting between the two squads.

Today's game marked Zenevitch's third consecutive double-digit performance. Junior Kerri Shields led the BC offense with 14 points, while freshman Deidra Smith added eight.

As a team, Boston College recorded a season-high 15 assists. The Eagles shot 41.1 percent from the field, compared to Bryant's 27.9 percent. The Eagles were also strong from beyond the arc in the victory, converting on 30.0 percent of its three-point opportunities. BC also went 16-19 (84.2 percent) from the line in the outing.

The BC offense took control of the game early, with Smith scoring the team's first bucket. Shields scored two from beyond the arc to help BC post 10 unanswered points in the first five and a half minutes.

No. 16 Tar Heels Handle Kennesaw State, 76-62

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Chay Shegog had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 16 North Carolina beat Kennesaw State 76-62 on Sunday.

She'la White added 20 points and Krista Gross had 13 points for the short-handed Tar Heels (5-0), who trailed most of the first half.

North Carolina closed the first half with an 8-0 run in the final 1:30 to lead 37-30 at halftime. The Tar Heels pulled away after outscoring Kennesaw State 20-4 in the first seven minutes of the second half.

Ashley Holliday scored 26 points for the Owls (2-3), who led 14-8 midway through the first half. Sametria Gideon added 13 points for Kennesaw State.

Ninth-Ranked Canes Cruise to Victory Over Longwood

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)- A 20-hour trip from Alaska failed to affect No. 9 Miami.

Still shaking off jet-lag from their return home early Saturday morning, the Hurricanes wore down Longwood in a 92-43 rout Sunday afternoon.

Shenise Johnson scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and had six assists to lead the Hurricanes (5-1). Morgan Stroman finished with 20 points, shooting 8 of 10 from the field.

"We handled a very difficult travel situation, getting home at 1:30 in the morning and having practice later," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "Flying through the night, grabbing a nap wherever you could, I'm really in awe of the maturity of this team. I'm really proud of them for how they handled it."

The Hurricanes, who defeated Alaska Anchorage and South Florida in the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 23 and 24, dealt with a return flight to Coral Gables that was plagued by delays before takeoff and subsequent flight connections.

No. 22 Virginia Edged By California, 59-50

HONOLULU - Virginia concluded action at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown with a 59-50 loss to California. Senior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) was the Cavaliers' leading scorer with 15 points and also added nine rebounds.

With the loss, Virginia's record went to 5-2, while the win improved Cal's record to 4-2.

"I was proud of the team," Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle said. "Going into the locker room at halftime being down against a great team, we knew it wasn't going to be an easy comeback. But we fought and I was proud of the team for that. We cut the lead to one point at the six-minute mark and I was happy with the intensity and the run, but we didn't do certain things down the stretch to win that game."

Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) scored in double figures for the fifth-consecutive game, netting 13 in addition to her five rebounds. China Crosby (New York, N.Y.) was the third Cavalier in double figures for scoring - she finished with 11 points and a team-high four assists.

Florida State Edged By Nebraska

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 24-ranked Florida State women's basketball team dropped a close contest to Nebraska, 66-63, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Florida State (3-4) led for most of the game and held Nebraska to 15 points below its season average, but the Huskers mounted a furious late comeback led by junior point guard Lindsey Moore to move to 6-0.

Moore found freshman Emily Cady, who had a career-high 14 points, for a go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left to put Nebraska up by two, 62-60.

On the following possession, junior wing Chasity Clayton got a good look at a three-pointer for FSU, but it came up just short.

After a pair of free throws from Moore, junior guard Leo Rodriguez brought the Noles within one, 64-63, by drilling a three-pointer with three seconds left. Moore made two more free throws with one second left, however, and Clayton's desperation heave was off target.

NC State Drops First Game of the Year at Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. - NC State women's basketball dropped its first game of the season 74-67 at Creighton on Sunday at D.J. Sokol Arena.

The Wolfpack fell to 4-1 on the year, while Creighton improved to 3-2.

It was a struggle all day for State as the team shot just 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from the free throw line, while the Blue Jays made 12 three-pointers, with many of them of the timely variety when the Wolfpack began to climb back in the game.

Junior guard Marissa Kastanek, a native of Lincoln, Neb., led NC State with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Kody Burke posted her second double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and both Bonae Holston and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman each added 12 points.

Sarah Nelson paced Creighton with a game-high 22 points and hauled in 10 boards. Taylor Johnson had 15 points and Ally Jensen added 14.