Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 18

Dec. 18, 2011

Wolfpack Slays Undefeated Commodores

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State made a dramatic statement heading into the Christmas break with a 66-59 upset over 18th-ranked Vanderbilt behind Kody Burke's career-high 21 points at Reynolds Coliseum Sunday.

"[Vanderbilt] executes so well, they're tough, but we knew what we had to do to play with them," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "I could not be more proud of this group of girls. I saw a very motivated team today."

The Wolfpack leapt out of the gate with a 34-22 lead at the break, turning the Commodores over 11 times and holding them to 8-of-24 shooting over the first stanza. NC State withstood several runs in the second half, and one late charge that brought the Dores within three with under a minute to go, but Bonae Holston and Emili Tasler's 4-of-4 free throw shooting performance under pressure helped NC State seal the win.

Burke's career-high came with 16:48 left in the game after scoring 17 in the first half. Burke finished the game 7-of-13 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line. Holston added 15 on 6-of-16 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds.

Freshmen Lead Lady Tigers Past NC Central

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson hit 11 3-pointers to tie the school mark in a 68-48 win over North Carolina Central on Sunday in Littlejohn Coliseum. Freshman Kelly Gramlich had a career-best 20 points and tied the school record with six made three-pointers, while Nikki Dixon hit four threes on her way to 18 points to pace the Lady Tigers (4-5) in their first all-time meeting with NC Central (2-9).

"I liked how we played today," said head coach Itoro Coleman. "Our freshmen definitely played well. It was good to see Kelly knock down some shots, because she's very capable of doing that. We executed a lot better than we've been able to in the last three losses."

It was Clemson's first game after final exams, and the Lady Tigers showed great energy early on as they played in front of dozens of former players. Clemson held the Lady Tiger Basketball Legacy reunion this weekend, which included a ten-minute scrimmage at halftime of this contest. In all, eight Clemson Athletic Hall-of-Famers attended the event.

Five Cavaliers in Double Figures as UVa Beats Radford, 92-43

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia won its fourth-consecutive contest and remained undefeated at home this season with a 92-43 victory over Radford at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday (Dec. 18).

The victory improved Virginia's record to 9-2, the program's best start since beginning the 2008-09 season with a 14-2 record.

With the loss, Radford's record went to 6-4.

Junior reserve guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) matched a career-high with 19 points to lead five Cavaliers in double figures for scoring. Gerson finished the game 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line, and added four assists and four steals.

Sophomore forward Jazmin Pitts (Mosely, Va.) scored 16 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. Junior forward Telia McCall (Marietta, Ga.) added 13 points and tied for the team high with seven rebounds.

Gerson, Pitts and McCall helped the Cavalier bench account for a season-high 55 points.

Ruffin, Zenevitch Lead BC Past Holy Cross, 67-58

Chestnut Hill, MA - The Boston College women's basketball team put together a 17-8 late second half run on the way to a 67-58 victory over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. Boston College is now 4-6 on the season, while Holy Cross dropped to 5-5.

Sophomore Katie Zenevitch scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half and also grabbed nine boards. Sophomore point guard Tiffany Ruffin had 17 points, four assists and two steals in the win. Junior Kerri Shields had 11 points, three assists and three steals, while Shayra Brown added 10 points.

Holy Cross was led by Alex Smith with 17 points, while Amy Lepley added 11 points.

Boston College pulled away from Holy Cross at the start of the second half. Four different players scored in the first four minutes as BC went on an 8-2 run and took a 37-35 lead. At 8:21, Ruffin hit two foul shots and the game was tied for the 12th time, 50-50.

Hokies' Rally Falls Short at UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. - Virginia Tech women's basketball team put together a late rally, but fell short as UCF claimed a 41-32 win on Sunday afternoon at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla.

"Our lack of continuity offensively continues to negate good defensive effort on most possessions," said head coach Dennis Wolff "The group that we had in at the end of the game played with very good intensity and made a number of plays that we hope will carry over."

Tech (3-7) was led by Alyssa Fenyn with 10 points. Latorri Hines-Allen added six points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.

Leading the Knights (5-5) was Aisha Patrick with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Gevenia Carter added 11 points.

Both teams got off to a slow start with Tech holding a 4-2 advantage midway through the half. The Knights took a 7-4 lead, but the Hokies tied it up with a jumper and one from Fenyn with just over seven minutes left in the opening period. UCF answered with a 10-2 run, going on top 17-9 with 2:07 on the clock.

No. 18 Tar Heels Fall to Gamecocks, 79-48

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - La'Keisha Sutton scored 21 points, Markeshia Grant added 20 and South Carolina held No. 18 North Carolina to its lowest point total in nearly two years with a 79-48 victory on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (9-2) broke out to an 11-0 lead and never let off the gas pedal against the Tar Heels (7-2), who came in as the nation's highest-scoring team at 87.5 points a game.

Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell brings her team to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center each year and had gone a decade since UNC's last loss along the Grand Strand resort area. That, too, was a blowout defeat to the Gamecocks, 85-53, in 2001.

North Carolina's point total was its lowest since an 88-47 loss to Connecticut on Jan. 9, 2010.

Chey Shegog led the Tar Heels with 17 points.

North Carolina entered the contest with five starters averaging in double figures. But only Shegog and Candace Wood, with 14, reached that in this one.

Wake Forest Falls To Howard 63-59 in Overtime

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest junior Sandra Garcia scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds but Howard overcame a 21-point second-half deficit and pulled-out a 63-59 overtime victory Sunday night at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The loss drops the Deacons to 7-3 on the season while Howard wins its fourth-straight and is back to .500 at 5-5.

Garcia recorded her first double-double since Dec. 4, 2010 when she scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to Georgetown. Junior Lakevia Boykin and senior Secily Ray also finished in double-figures for the Deacs as Boykin finished with 11 points and Ray totaled 10 points and nine boards.

The difference maker in the game was Howard junior Saadia Doyle. Doyle had nine points at halftime but when the Bison got down by 21 points early in the second-half, she took over and scored 19 of the team's final 38 points. Doyle finished the game with a season-high 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting and she was 8-of-9 from the free throw stripe.

Tamoria Holmes was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and finished with 14 points for the Bison while Cheyenn Curley-Payne chipped-in with 10 points and six steals.