Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 4

Dec. 4, 2011

Gray Leads Duke in 92-43 Win Over Pitt

DURHAM, N.C. - Chelsea Gray did it all for Duke (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP). She scored, she passed, she rebounded -- and she gave Pittsburgh a rough early introduction to the ACC.

Gray had the fourth triple-double in school history with 14 points, a school-record 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the Blue Devils' 92-43 rout of Pitt on Sunday.

"I'm not surprised at all -- she has a variety of skill sets," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said of Gray. "The fourth-ever triple double, I think that's just amazing when you think about Duke women's basketball.

"The way I look at it is, (with) Chelsea's ability, she can kind of do lots of things," McCallie added. "It's very exciting."

Tricia Liston scored 19 points and Chloe Wells added 14 for the Blue Devils (6-1). They never trailed, placed seven players in double figures, shot 50 percent and used a pair of early runs to effectively end this one at halftime and win their 28th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Deacons Grab First Road Victory With 60-44 Win At Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Sophomore point guard Chelsea Douglas made three three-pointers in a five-minute span in the second half to help spur the Wake Forest women's basketball team to a hard fought 60-44 victory Sunday afternoon at Seton Hall.

The Demon Deacons win their fourth in a row and improve to 6-1 on the year. Seton Hall drops to 5-4 with the setback.

Douglas finished the day with a game-high 14 points on 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. She was also 5-of-6 from the foul line and dished-out four assists. Senior Secily Ray scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Junior guard Lakevia Boykin was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Senior Jasmine Crew and junior Brittany Morris each finished with 11 points to lead the Pirates. Crew, the reigning Big East Player of the Week, was held in check by stifling pressure by the Deacs as she was just 3-of-21 from the floor.

Both teams got off to a bit of the slow start shooting the ball as the Pirates capitalized on five early Wake Forest turnovers and led 11-8 at the second media timeout. SHU took a five-point lead at 17-12 but Wake responded with a 7-1 run to take its first lead of the contest at 19-18 at the final media timeout of the half.

No. 6 Maryland Downs American, 76-42

WASHINGTON - Alyssa Thomas led five Terrapins who scored in double figures with her 17 points, as No. 6 Maryland cruised to a 76-42 victory over American on Sunday.

Laurin Mincy added 13 points for the Terrapins (9-0), Lynetta Kizer had 11, and Anjale Barrett and Brene Moseley had 10 apiece.

The Terps gave up a season-low points on defense and continued their best start since beginning the 2007-08 season, when the Terps won their first 10 games.

Gelesia George scored 10 points for American (5-4), which shot just 30 percent (16 of 54) from the floor and 9 percent (2 of 22) from 3-point range.

Maryland showed little sign of a hangover after arguably their toughest victory this season, Wednesday's 74-65 home win against Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Maryland trailed American 3-2 after the first media timeout, but shook off the slow start to build a 38-16 lead by halftime.

Seminoles Edge 49ers, 64-62

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team got back on the winning track on Sunday by holding off Charlotte, 64-62, at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Five Seminoles scored in double figures, including Olivia Bresnahan, who recorded a career-best 10 points off the bench.

In a back-and-forth game that featured 14 lead changes and three ties, Florida State fought back from an eight-point second half deficit to finally capture a close contest and end a three-game losing skid.

Three of FSU's five losses this season have come by three points or less, including Wednesday's 78-75 overtime loss at No. 17 Ohio State.

"It wasn't necessarily the prettiest win but we needed to win one of those close games down the stretch," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "Charlotte played great defense, but we got great looks. We had a lot of layups that we missed. We gave them a ton of second chance shots. It wasn't the best basketball game but we found a way to win."

Florida State's first lead of the second half came when Bresnahan pulled up for a jump shot just inside the foul line to put the Seminoles ahead 57-56 with 5:29 remaining in the game.

Virginia Pulls Away From Richmond, Wins 69-56

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team earned a 69-56 road win at in-state foe Richmond on Sunday (Dec. 4) afternoon at the Robins Center. Virginia improved to 7-2 on the season and won its second-consecutive contest.

The loss was Richmond's second of the season. The Spiders now have a 6-2 overall record.

"We've worked hard on our zone defenses throughout the year and using our length to the best of our ability," UVa head coach Joanne Boyle said. "Richmond was the first team to get us out of that zone. I think in our man-to-man defense we disrupted them a lot so I thought our team did a good job with that. We've got to come out of the gate better and I think we have too many lapses during that time."

Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) led Virginia by matching a season-high and scoring 17 points. Moorer scored at least 10 points for the seventh-consecutive contest and was the Cavaliers' high-scorer for the third time this season.

Pack's Holston Shoots Down Gamecocks With Last Second Shot

RALEIGH, N.C. - Bonae Holston scored the game winner for NC State to punctuate a 20-point, 9-rebound performance in a 55-53 nail-biting victory over South Carolina on Sunday afternoon from Reynolds Coliseum.

The win improves the Wolfpack to 5-2 on the year, snapped a two-game funk in the process, and downed South Carolina (6-2) for the first time since the 2008 Postseason WNIT.

The ever-steady Holston has now scored at least 10 points and hauled in eight or more boards in all six games that she has competed in this season.

"I'm really, really proud of our team," said head coach Kellie Harper. "It's definitely the best game we've played (this season). We gave up some offensive boards, not because we weren't trying, but because they're really good on offensive boards."

The Gamecocks finished with a 19-14 advantage on the offensive glass.

"We lost our composure a little bit in the second half, but we were able to get it back," said Harper. "I couldn't be more proud of this group."

Lady Tigers Drop Sunday Contest in a Shootout

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson Lady Tigers fell to Charleston Southern on Sunday afternoon by an 82-77 margin in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson (3-4) had four players in double-figures, but the Buccaneers (6-2) hit ten threes, and shot .492 from the field, and were efficient off of Clemson's turnovers.

Clemson held big advantages on the boards (50-29), in the paint (42-36), and off the bench (39-13), but couldn't close out the scrappy Bucs in the second half. Shaniqua Pauldohad 25 points (9-14 FG, 7-8 FT) and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career.

Charleston Southern's Lakeitha Alston had 31 points and 10 boards to lead all players, while CSU hit 10-28 three-point goals in the game to help offset Clemson's 24-12 free throw scoring advantage. Clemson went cold behind the arc, hitting just 1-11 attempts, a Chancie Dunnjumper from the wing in the second half.

Georgia Tech Falls To No. 15/14 Georgia 75-68

Athens, Ga. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team fell to 5-3 on the season after its late rally came up just short and the No. 15/14 Georgia Lady Bulldogs, 7-1, held on for a 75-68 win at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday afternoon in Athens.

Senior center Sasha Goodlett notched her first double-double of the season with 19 points and a season-high 12 rebounds and sophomore guard Tyaunna Marshall tossed in 19 points and added nine boards to lead the Yellow Jackets. Senior point guard Metra Walthour added 14 points, including two big 3-pointers down the stretch to spark the Tech comeback.

"I'm really proud of our effort tonight, especially our resiliency down the stretch," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We never gave up, no matter what the score was and continued to make plays. Obviously, it was too little, too late. I thought Georgia did a great job scoring tonight and that's probably the most points we've given up in a while. We were able to get it done rebounding tonight, we had 47, but we've got to be able to capitalize on that."

Boston College Drops Tough Road Loss to Dayton, 69-60

DAYTON, Ohio - The Boston College women's basketball team suffered a tough 69-60 loss to Dayton on Sunday afternoon at the University of Dayton Arena.

Sophomore Kristen Doherty led BC with 12 points and five rebounds, while Shayra Brown added 11 points and five rebounds. Alyssa Fressle added 10 points. Dayton was led by Justine Raterman with 21 points and Andrea Hoover had 13 points and seven boards.

The Eagles could not overcome an 11-0 run by Dayton in the middle of the second half. BC shot just xxx from the floor but missed seven free throws in the second half.

After a 7-3 run by Dayton in the first five minutes of the second half, BC came back on a 10-4 run sparked by four points from Deidra Smith and Shayra Brown. Down by just two points, Dayton pulled away on an 11-0 run when Raterman scored a traditional three-point play with under seven minutes to play.

BC stopped the run when Kristen Doherty hit a foul shot with 5:03 to play.