Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 2

Dec. 2, 2012

Liston Lifts No. 4 Duke to 77-63 Win Over No. 10 Cal

DURHAM, N.C. - Tricia Liston scored 22 points to help No. 4 Duke beat No. 10 California 77-63 on Sunday.

Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the Blue Devils (6-0), who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and Alexis Jones had 11 points as Duke won for the 65th time in its last 67 home games.

California led 13-10 six minutes into the game before Duke's decisive run.

Deluzio Powers Noles Past Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Senior guard Alexa Deluzio powered the Florida State women's basketball team to 70-54 victory over Charlotte at Halton Arena on Sunday.

Deluzio's 22-point performance off the bench helped the Seminoles overcome a season-high 22 turnovers and a season-low .410 shooting percentage to win their seventh straight game to start the season.

"This is our first true road game," head coach Sue Semrau said. "I knew it was going to be a different feel. It took us awhile to adjust. It's good for us to get this under our belt and find a way to win."

The Noles are 7-0 for the third time in school history (2009-10 and 2004-05) and have won seven in a row by double figures for just the second time ever (Jan. 28-Feb. 17, 1990).

Hot Shooting Propels Lady Tigers to 87-58 Win Sunday

CLEMSON, SC - Five Clemson players scored in double-figures and the Lady Tigers shot .508 in an 87-58 win over Jacksonville (3-4) on Sunday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum. Nikki Dixon had a career-high 25 points (9-16 FG, 7-9 FT) and nine rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who shot their highest percentage from the floor since Jan. 30, 2011.

"I just thought it was a great team win," said Itoro Coleman, who led their Tigers to a win in the first all-time meeting with the Dolphins. "Any time we see the zone, in the past, we would have settled for passing the ball around the perimeter. I thought we did a good job of getting the ball inside, whether it was the high post or off the dribble or the short corner. We really took advantage of our height on the inside."

Clemson blocked 11 shots and shot 23-38 (.605) in the paint, and outrebounded the Dolphins en route to taking control of the paint.

Shields Leads Women's Basketball Past Rutgers, 58-56

Boston College senior Kerri Shields hit a driving layup with four seconds to play to give the Eagles a, 58-56, victory over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon in front of 708 fans at Conte Forum. BC is now 5-3 on the season and handed Rutgers its second straight loss to drop to 3-3.

Shields shot 4-for-8 from the floor, hit two three's and finished with 11 points in the win. Freshman Nicole Boudreau led BC in scoring shooting 4-for-6 from long range and finished with a team-high 14 points. Juniors Katie Zenevitch and Kristen Doherty each added 11 points, while junior Shayra Brown tallied nine points off the bench.

The Eagles outshot the Scarlett Knights from the floor 47.7 percent to 39.7 percent. BC had to overcome 20 turnovers but the Eagles defense did cause 14 turnovers.

Tar Heels Stumble At No. 16 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Meighan Simmons scored a career-high 33 points and exceeded the 1,000-point mark for her career Sunday as No. 16 Tennessee topped No. 22 North Carolina 102-57 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and Waltiea Rolle added 13 points for North Carolina (7-1). The Tar Heels had been allowing only 54.3 points per game and hadn't given up more than 64 points in any of their seven wins prior to Sunday.

The Lady Vols jumped out to a 22-9 lead eight minutes in and never looked back, leading by 21 at the break and by as many as 46 in the second half.

UNC senior point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt took a hard fall late in the first half and was unable to play after halftime.

Tech Comeback Not Quite Enough to Derail Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Jasmine Hassell scored 22 points and No. 8 Georgia held Georgia Tech to 30 percent shooting in a 60-50 victory over their in-state rival Sunday.

Georgia Tech (3-4) cut an 18-point deficit to six points with less than two minutes left, but Hassell hit a layup and Khaalidah Miller went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute for the Lady Bulldogs (9-0).

Aaliyah Whiteside hit a trio of 3-pointers to spark Georgia Tech's late comeback and scored all of her 14 points in the second half. Tyaunna Marshall had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia leads the series 31-4, but had lost in its two previous trips to Atlanta.

Virginia Falls to No. 25 West Virginia, 54-47

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team's late rally came up short with No. 25 West Virginia holding on for a 54-47 victory.

The Cavaliers (5-2) led 26-23 at the break, but the Mountaineers (4-2) started the second half on an 11-0 run. After trailing by 13 points midway through the second period, Virginia narrowed the gap to three points, 48-45, with 3:12 left in the game. West Virginia hit a three-pointer with just over two minutes left to push the lead back out to six, 51-45 and held on for the victory.

The game was a battle of defenses with West Virginia shooting just 35.6 percent (21-of-59) in the game while the Cavaliers converted 25.9 percent (15-of-58) of their shots. Simone Egwu (Sr., Odenton, Md.), in her second game back after missing the start of the season with a stress reaction in her leg, led Virginia with 14 points.

NC State WBB falls 81-73 at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. - The NC State women's basketball team lost 81-73 at LSU Sunday afternoon at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Senior guard Marissa Kastanek led NC State (5-4) with 15 points, and backcourt mate Myisha Goodwin-Coleman added 13 points. The two combined to shoot 60of-13 from three-point land. Reserve forward Kiana Evans had 10 points.

"LSU got 15 more shots than we did and that was the difference in the game," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "You can't shoot 52 percent and lose a basketball game."

Despite shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 25 turnovers were too much to overcome as LSU scored 30 points off those miscues.