#B1GACC Challenge ACCtion: Wednesday, November 30

#6 Terps Stop Michigan, 74-65, in Challenge

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland got all it could handle from Michigan, and Terrapins coach Brenda Frese couldn't have been happier. Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points, and No. 6 Maryland used a late surge to top the previously unbeaten Wolverines 74-65 Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Terrapins won their previous seven games with relative ease, so Frese wasn't sure how her players would react in a close game. She got an answer, and although there were a few anxious moments, it was worth it.

The Terrapins (8-0) saved the best for last. Maryland led 60-59 with six minutes left before Laurin Mincy drilled a 3-pointer, Lynetta Kizer added a three-point play and Anjale Barrett made two free throws for a nine-point cushion with 3:52 remaining.

After Carmen Reynolds sank two free throws for Michigan (7-1), successive baskets by Tianna Hawkins put Maryland up by 11.

Hawkins had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Mincy contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for the Terrapins.

Georgia Tech Defeats Nebraska 73-57 In ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Duluth, Ga. - Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall finished with career-highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds as the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (5-2) handed the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-1) their first loss of the season, 73-57, at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Marshall's first career double-double helped Tech improve to 5-0 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Yellow Jackets are one of only two teams between the two conferences, along with Maryland, still undefeated in the Challenge as the Terps beat the previously Challenge unbeaten Michigan Wolverines Wednesday night.

With the return to the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Georgia Tech offense picked up where it left off after its first three home games of the year - with a lot of offense early. The Jackets averaged 92.7 points per game during the first three home contests and won by an average of 44.7 points.

The Yellow Jackets controlled the opening tip, and Marshall got her own offensive rebound and Dawnn Maye converted a layup to put Tech on the board first. Tech didn't slow down and raced out to a 20-5 lead and allowed only two Nebraska field goals in the first 12 and a half minutes of the game, building a 26-11 lead.

The Jackets used a 14-2 points off turnovers advantage to take a 34-20 lead into the half, the sixth time Tech owned an edge at intermission this season.

FSU Falls to Ohio State in OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio. (Seminoles.com) - Senior center Cierra Bravard had a monster effort in her return to her home state, matching her career-high with 27 points and grabbing a season-best 11 boards, but No. 17/18 Ohio State got 31 points from guard Tayler Hill to prevail in overtime, 78-75, on Wednesday night at Value City Arena in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

It was Bravard, a Sandusky, Ohio, native's first double-double of the season and 13th of her career.

Hill put the Noles up 76-75 with 35 seconds left in overtime and made a pair of free throws to put OSU up three with 14 seconds left.

Hill, who finished with 31 points, scored the final eight points of regulation for OSU, including two deep three-pointers. Hill's layup with a second left knotted the score at 69-69. She also drilled a pair of game-clinching free throws in the overtime.

FSU had a final chance with 3.5 seconds left in overtime, but sophomore Tay'ler Mingo's inbounds pass was stolen by Ohio State.

Wisconsin Defeats Women's Basketball, 58-50.

Madison, Wisc. - The Boston College women's basketball team lost to Wisconsin, 58-50, at Kohls Center on Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. BC (2-3) was led by Shayra Brown with 11 points, while Kristen Doherty added eight points and seven boards. Sophomore Tiffany Ruffin notched nine second half points in the loss.

After a bucket by Katie Zenevitch (nine points, five boards), Wisconsin railed off nine straight points to go up 9-2. The Eagles cut into the lead on baskets by Zenevitch and Joy Caracciolo. With 11:41 left in the first half, BC was down 11-6.

BC took the lead two minutes later by creating turnovers with the pressure defense. A Kristen Doherty steal led to an easy layup for Brown. Four points from Shields and a three-pointer by Brown gave BC a 15-13 lead.

Wisconsin came back with five consecutive points before Doherty hit a foul shot. A drive to the basket by Jade Davis gave Wisconsin a 22-16 lead with 3:49 to play in the half. Wisconsin extended the lead to 30-22 at the half when Kelly Supernaw was fouled at the buzzer behind the 3-point line. She made two of three for the Badgers.

BC shot 42 percent from the floor but was hurt by the 11 turnovers and just one offensive rebound in the half. Wisconsin shot 42.3 percent with nine turnovers and five second chance points.

NC State Falls to Northwestern in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

EVANSTON, Ill. - A second-half comeback wasn't to be as NC State fell 76-59 at Northwestern Wednesday night as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Welsh-Ryan Arena.Trailing by 13 points heading to the second half, NC State (4-2) responded with the first seven points of the stanza to cut its deficit down to 35-29.

NU (5-1) answered with the next six points to inch its lead back to 12, 41-29 with 14 minutes left.

Marissa Kastanek (15 points) later scored five-straight points - a three from the top of the key and a running layup, to make it 50-40 in favor of the Wildcats with 10:50 to play.

Seven more points came quickly for the Pack, and a putback from Lakeesa Daniel (eight points) had NC State within three, 50-47.

But that was as close as the comeback would allow as Meghan McKeown drained a three, and freshman Morgan Jones continued her career night with three more buckets in the later stages of the game as the Wildcats pulled away for their first win in five tries in the annual event between the two conferences.

NC State senior Bonae Holston added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Tech falls to Iowa, 58-47

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell to Iowa, 58-47 on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge match up at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Leading the Hokies (2-5) was Aerial Wilson with career high tying 18 points. Monet Tellier added 16. Larryqua Hall and Latorri Hines-Allen grabbed eight rebounds each to lead the Hokies.

The Hawkeyes (5-2) were led by Morgan Johnson with 23 points and eight rebounds. Jaime Printy added nine points.

Early in the game both teams were strong defensively and were scoreless in the opening four minutes of the game. Iowa opened the scoring and took a 10-6 lead midway through the half. The Hokies responded with a 12-4 run, pulling ahead 18-14 with 6:38 left in the opening period. Tech maintained the lead over the next two minutes, but the Hawkeyes tied it up at 20 with 4:20 on the clock. Iowa closed out the half with a 7-3 run to take a 27-23 advantage into the break.

Tech came out strong after the break as Wilson hit three straight jumpers for a 6-2 run, tying the score (29) for the third time in the game, but the Hawkeyes answered with a 7-0 run of their own taking a 37-29 advantage with 12:09 left to play. Tech got the deficit down to two (40-38) at the 9:37 mark, but the Hawkeyes again extended the lead, going up 47-38 with just under seven minutes remaining. The Hokies closed the gap to five, 47-42, with 5:23 to play, but that is as close as they would get as Iowa held on for the win.

Heels Suffer First Loss, 103-84 to No. 16 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Zhaque Gray scored 25 points and No. 16 Penn State snapped a three-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge by defeating No. 14 North Carolina 103-84 on Wednesday night.

All five Lady Lions starters scored in double figures. Leading scorer Maggie Lucas had 21 points despite sitting out most of the second half with four fouls.

Brittany Rountree led North Carolina (5-1) with 27 points. Laura Broomfield added 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Penn State (6-1) closed the first half on a 22-11 run and led 58-51 at the break. North Carolina was within four with 11:32 remaining, but the Lady Lions used a 14-0 spurt to put away the Tar Heels.