Women's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 18

Dec. 18, 2010

Hurricanes Too Much for UC Riverside in 81-59 Win

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami women's basketball team jumped to a 10-0 lead to open the game and never looked back in its 81-59 victory over visiting UC Riverside Saturday at the BankUnited Center.

Miami used its pressure defense throughout to keep the Highlanders off balance - forcing 26 turnovers that led to 35 Hurricane points. UC Riverside only scored 12 points off of Miami's 13 miscues.

For the fourth time of the season, sophomore Morgan Stroman led her team in points - scoring 19 on Saturday. The Hopkins, S.C. native connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts and was 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Shenise Johnson, Riquna Williams and freshman Krystal Saunders each scored in double-figures as well. Johnson poured in 18 and extended her consecutive game with double-digit points to an ACC best 48 straight games.

Virginia Wins Third-Straight; Downs UMBC 61-46

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's basketball team won its third-consecutive game, defeating UMBC 61-46 Saturday night at John Paul Jones Arena. With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 7-4 overall and remained unbeaten at home this season (5-0).

The loss dropped the Retrievers' record to 4-7 on the year.

Sophomore center Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) led UVa with 16 points (a season-high) and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) set a new career-high with 15 points and added five boards, two assists and a block.

The Cavaliers led, 25-21, at halftime but changed the game with a 17-5 run over the course of the first four minutes of the second half to take a 42-26 lead with 15:37 left in the game.

UMBC cut the lead to 11 points with three-consecutive free throws by Erin Brown at the 5:41 mark that made the score 53-42 in favor of Virginia. The Cavaliers responded, however, and the Retrievers never got closer for the rest of the contest.

Hokies take double-overtime thriller over Tribe, 94-78

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Shanel Harrison’s three-point basket at the end of regulation and total domination of the second overtime led Virginia Tech to a thrilling, 94-78, victory over William & Mary Saturday afternoon in Kaplan Arena. Tech improved to 6-4 with the win while the Tribe fell to 1-7.

Tech found itself down, 71-65, when Aerial Wilson (So., Cocoa, Fla.) nailed a three-point basket with 45 seconds left in regulation. After the Hokies got a defensive stop, Shanel Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) nailed a trey with only 3.4 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime.

The teams battled evenly through the first extra session when Alyssa Fenyn (So., Newark, N.Y.) was fouled with two seconds left and the game tied at 76. Fenyn, who had made 10-of-12 free throws on the year, uncharacteristically missed both charity tosses to force a second overtime.

Tech completed dominated the second extra period by opening with a 14-0 run and coasted to the win.

Lady Tigers Fall at Home to Oakland

CLEMSON, SC – A 21-2 first-half Oakland run turned around an early back-and-forth game, and the Golden Grizzlies pulled away to win, 73-49, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Tigers fall to 6-5 on the season, while Oakland improves to 8-4.

FSU Upset At Yale, 91-85

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Seminoles.com) - The No. 14 Florida State women's basketball team was upset by Yale Saturday night in New Haven, Conn., 91-85.

The setback is just FSU's (9-2) second loss of the season as it snapped Yale's (2-7) seven-game losing streak.

Senior guard Courtney Ward led all Seminoles players with 19 points while redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio poured in 17 of her own.