Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, December 6

Dec. 6, 2010

No. 5 Duke Outlasts No. 7 Texas A&M, 61-58

Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 55 seconds left to lead No. 5 Duke past No. Texas A&M 61-58 on Monday night.

Karima Christmas and Chelsea Gray had 11 points each for the Blue Devils (9-0), who overcame 18 turnovers to extend the best start of coach Joanne P. McCallie's 19-year career.

Adaora Elonu scored 15 points and Sydney Carter added 13 for the Aggies (6-1). They shot nearly 34 percent but couldn't convert on three chances in the final minute and fell to 6-21 against top-five teams.

The shot of the game belonged to Thomas. She swished an acrobatic jumper from the free throw line over Sydney Carter with the shot clock winding down to put Duke up 59-58 in the final minute.

Texas A&M had three chances to take the lead or force overtime after that. First, the Aggies couldn't get a good look against the Blue Devils' 1-2-2 zone and Sydney Colson's 3-pointer drew only glass as the shot clock expired with about 23 seconds left. They got a reprieve when Duke turned it over a split-second later, and Danielle Adams' baseline jumper off an inbounds pass with about 8 seconds left rimmed out.

Thomas hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to make it a three-point game, and Christmas stole a pass as time expired to seal Duke's 12th straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Big Second Half Propels UVa Past Radford, 76-52

The Virginia women's basketball team put together a key 12-0 second-half run to create separation and eventually defeat Radford, 76-52, Monday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) finished with a career-high 19 points to lead the Cavaliers.

With its second-consecutive victory, Virginia improved to 6-4 and remained undefeated this season in John Paul Jones Arena (4-0). The Highlanders' record dropped to 2-5 overall.

Six different Cavaliers scored baskets to open the game and UVa took a 12-3 lead at the midway point of the first half. The Cavaliers extended their lead to 10 points, 18-8, before the Highlanders battled back to make it a 20-16 game at the 5:13 mark.

In the second half, Radford was within one basket with 15:32 left after a 3-pointer by Denay Wood that made the score 38-36. From there, UVa went on a 12-0 run that included two treys by Gerson to take a 50-36 lead.