Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 11

Dec. 12, 2011

Balanced Attack Lifts Hokies to Victory

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech started slowly, but used a 21-2 run late in the first half and a strong second half to register a 70-52 victory over the visiting NC Central Eagles in a non-conference game at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, the first athletic event on campus since the events that unfolded Thursday.

Using a balanced attack - the Hokies had six players score at least eight points and were led by Alyssa Fenyn's 15 and Latorri Hines-Allen's 14 - they improved to 3-6 on the season, while, with the loss, NC Central falls to 1-8 on the year.

"We're still all a little numb from what happened the other day," said head coach Dennis Wolff in regards to Thursday's events. "I think the girls deserve a lot of credit with everyone being as upset as they are about Officer (Deriek) Crouse, and then still being in the middle of exams.

"So we were sluggish at times, but these two (Fenyn and Hines-Allen) plus `Ryqua (Larryqua Hall) played with a lot of energy and those hustle plays helped us."

Jasmine Alston helped the Eagles take a 10-5 advantage early with back-to-back 3-point baskets and did not trail for most of the first half. When Chasidy Williams scored on a driving lay-up with 8:34 before intermission, she matched her teams' largest lead of the game at six, 21-15.

Williams Leads Duke Past USC Upstate, 93-35

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Elizabeth Williams came into an established program at Duke and immediately took over as the most dominant post player.

That became even more evident on Sunday.

The freshman had a season-high 22 points on 10-for-10 shooting, and grabbed nine rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to a 93-35 rout of South Carolina-Upstate.

Haley Peters tied her career-high with 17 points for Duke (7-2), which was coming off a 72-65 loss at No. 10 Kentucky on Thursday night. Chloe Wells chipped in 11 points with a career-high seven steals while reserve Kathleen Scheer had 10 points.

''We're working on getting better out there,'' Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. ''We're looking to grow our team and we used a lot of combinations and defenses. Haley was solid and strong and aggressive and focused. And the same is true for Elizabeth. She was efficient and did what she could do when she could do it.''

No. 5 Maryland Coasts to 78-50 Win Over George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. - Alyssa Thomas had 18 points to lead four players in double figures and the fifth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team beat George Mason 78-50 on Sunday.

Laurin Mincy scored 15 points for her seventh straight game in double figures. Lynetta Kizer had 14 and Anjale Barrett added 13 for the Terrapins (11-0).

"This is a big team win for us, especially defensively," head coach Brenda Frese said. "Any time you can go on the road and hold a really good George Mason team to 24 percent shooting, I thought we did tremendous job just mixing it up defensively."

Taleia Moton led the Patriots (6-3) with 16 points and Janaa Pickard added 12.

Maryland scored the first 10 points of the second half and Barrett's jumper at the 15-minute mark put the Terrapins up by 36. Maryland eventually led by as many as 40 points and George Mason got no closer than 28 the rest of the way.

Maryland, now 5-0 all-time against George Mason, shot 46 percent from the field for the game and outrebounded George Mason 59-33. The Patriots made just 17 of 71 field goal attempts.

Shegog Leads No. 18 North Carolina Past ETSU, 93-77

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Stuck in a tight game against a winless opponent, North Carolina needed a spark. Krista Gross provided it.

Gross scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to help the No. 18 Tar Heels beat East Tennessee State 93-77 Sunday.

"We needed something, and I just got in the right position and the opportunity presented itself," Gross said. "I got a chance to help us with that and get it going. We really just needed something."

Chay Shegog tied a career-high with 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for North Carolina (7-1), which improved to 4-0 against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Freshman Danielle Butts had a season-high 17 points for the Tar Heels, who finished with a 21-0 advantage on fastbreak points. Brittany Rountree scored 14 points and She'la White had 12 points for North Carolina.

"We just were very lackluster out there at times today," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "We started the game off like that, and that sort of was our mentality until the second half. Then we picked it up a little bit more."

Wolfpack Pounds Alabama, 79-57

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State scored the opening bucket against Alabama, and never let go of the lead on Sunday night at Reynolds Coliseum, taking a 79-57 victory over the Crimson Tide.

NC State moves to 6-2 with the win, while Alabama drops to 7-4.

"I'm very proud of our team's focus and execution to start the game, I thought that was very key to get our momentum going early," said head coach Kellie Harper.

Bonae Holston scored 10 points off 5-of-9 shooting during the contest, and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 20th career double-double. She continues to be the only player in the Atlantic Coast Conference to have at least 10 points and eight rebounds in every game she has played this season.

Marissa Kastanek contributed 13 points off 6-of-11 shooting, while Erica Donovan offered 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, including two baskets from behind the arc.

Yellow Jackets Earn Road Win at MTSU

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Senior Sasha Goodlett scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half as the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (6-3) overcame a three-point halftime deficit to beat the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (6-5) 58-47 Sunday afternoon at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Senior Mo Bennett added her second career double-double and first of the season with 10 points and a game-best 10 rebounds off the bench for the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall finished in double-digits for the eighth time in Tech's nine games.

"Middle Tennessee is a great team, they're an NCAA tournament team, they're a team that you know is going to finish first or second in their conference. They have a great tradition up here and the game was well played by both teams," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "I'm really proud of my seniors today. Mo Bennett in particular stepped up with a double-double and we saw some great play in the second half from Sasha Goodlett."

The first 12-plus minutes went back-and-forth with neither side taking more than a four-point edge, including four ties. The Blue Raiders used an 8-0 run from the 7:42 mark of the first half to the 4:51 point to turn a slim 18-17 lead into a 26-17 advantage.

Wake Forest Falls to No. 22 Delaware, 70-57

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team dropped a 70-57 decision to No. 22 Delaware (8-0) on Sunday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. It was just the second home loss of the season for the Deacs, as they now fall to 7-2 overall.

Three players scored in double figures for the Deacs, led by starting point guard Chelsea Douglas with 15 points, including four of seven from three-point range.

Sandra Garcia and Secily Ray each scored 10 points apiece, and sophomore Lindsy Wright grabbed a team-high eight rebounds on the day. Senior Brooke Thomas totaled a game-high four steals to go along with six points and one assist.

Delaware's preseason All-American Elena Delle Donne led all players with 30 points and 13 rebounds, including a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe. Delle Donne also collected three assists, three blocks, and two steals in 39 minutes of play.

Lauren Carra was the only other Blue Hen to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points.