Women's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 10

Dec. 10, 2011

Florida State Tops Akron, 90-64, Behind Double-Doubles By Bravard and Howard

AKRON, Ohio. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State women's basketball players Cierra Bravard and Natasha Howard didn't waste their second opportunity in front of family and friends on Saturday against Akron at the James A. Rhodes Arena.

Ten days after a tough 78-75 overtime loss to No. 17 Ohio State in Columbus, the duo returned to their home state to lead Florida State to a 90-64 win over Akron.

"I know they felt like they had some unfinished business in Ohio," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "They came out and did a great job on the other end of what our guards were able to do - which was get them the ball. They finished well and they both went to the board extremely well. It's fun to see them rewarded when they do that."

Howard, a sophomore forward from Toledo, Ohio, native, erupted for a career-best 24 points and a career-best-tying 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

Bravard, a senior preseason All-American post from Sandusky, Ohio, scored a career-best 28 points and ripped down 12 boards for her second double-double of the 2011-12 campaign. Bravard made 11-of-12 field goals for a ridiculous .916 shooting percentage - the best shooting game of any ACC player this season.

Williams Leads No. 9 Miami Over Ole Miss

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)- A comeback early in the second half gave Mississippi upset hopes - then reality set in with one quick Miami surge.

The Rebels pulled within four points midway through the second half before the No. 9 Hurricanes scored 11 straight points to end the threat and pull away for a 76-48 win.

Riquna Williams scored 17 points, 13 in the second half, to lead the Hurricanes.

"I think we played very well for about 30 minutes against a very good Miami basketball team," Mississippi coach Renee Ladner said. "We changed defenses at halftime and that helped us a little bit and just when we thought we figured it out, Riquna Williams stood up and ignited (Miami)."

The Rebels rallied from a 34-22 halftime deficit and outscored the Hurricanes 11-1 in the first 6:20 of the second half. Whitney Hameth keyed the run with six points.

Nikki Byrd's put-back basket with 10:09 remaining reduced Miami's lead to 44-40.

Boston College Loses to Hartford, 54-45

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Boston College women's basketball team suffered a 54-45 road loss to Hartford on Saturday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena in Hartford, Conn. The Eagles are now 3-5, while Hartford improved to 7-3.

Sophomore Kristen Doherty led BC with 13 points and nine boards while Alyssa Fressle had 12 points, nine in the second half. Hartford was led by Daphne Elliott with 20 points, including an 11 point run in the second half.

BC held a five point lead 40-35 after a 10-0 run sparked by seven points from Fressle. Hartford came back on an 8-0 run to go up one point on two long three's by Elliott with 7:09 to play. Elliott scored on a backdoor lay-up and Hartford was up five with 3:46 to play.

The Eagles had two missed layups, an offensive foul and two turnovers with fewer than two minutes to play halted the offense. Boston College scored just two points in the last seven minutes of the game. BC shot just 28 percent in the second half and went 0-for-9 from the three-point arc.

Boston College started the game with an 8-3 run. Hartford used the long ball to cut into the Eagles lead. The Hawks hit three straight three's and the game was tied at 9-9 after a foul shot by BC's Joy Caracciolo.