Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, December 20

Dec. 20, 2010

Deacons End Skid With 60-51 Victory Over Maryland-Eastern Shore

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - It wasn't pretty, but the Wake Forest women's basketball team ended its four-game losing skid with a 60-51 wire-to-wire victory Monday evening at the Joel Coliseum.

The Deacs improve to 6-5 on the season while UMES falls to 2-5.

For the first time since Nov. 26, the Deacons shot better than 40 percent in a game, canning 23-of-57 attempts (40.4 percent) while holding the Lady Hawks to just 27 percent (13-of-47). The Wake defense also forced UMES into a season-high 29 turnovers, including 19 in the first half.

Wake Forest senior Brittany Waters reached a career milestone Monday as her lay-up early in the first half gave her 1,000 career points. She finished the game with nine points and a career-high tying three blocks. Waters is the 18th Demon Deacon to record 1,000 career points.

Sophomore center Sandra Garcia was the only Deacon to reach double-figures on the night, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds. Junior Secily Ray had a solid game with nine points and five boards while freshman point guard Chelsea Douglas chipped-in with nine points and two steals. Sophomore Lakevia Boykin also tied a career-high on Monday with four steals to go along with seven points and three rebounds.

Pack's Burke Doubles Up Back Home in Cali

LONG BEACH, Calif. - California native Kody Burke led five double figure scorers for NC State with her first career-double in an 86-60 victory over Florida A&M at the Beach Classic held at Walter Pyramid.

Playing less than an hour from her hometown of Northridge, Burke came off the bench to tally 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Bonae Holston had a team-leading 15 points, while freshman Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored a career-high 14 points to lead a 43-point bench scoring performance, far-and-away a season best.

Breezy Williams and Marissa Kastanek rounded out the balanced attack with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as NC State shot 51.5 percent from the field, and finished with a season-high 86 points.

Tameka McKelton led the Rattlers with 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting. Nicole Collins added 11.

Leading by 13 out of the halftime break, NC State made sure it was going to be a comfortable evening by going on a 13-5 run in the first five minutes of the second half to lead by 21, 50-29.

James Madison Edges Virginia, 82-80

HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison edged Virginia, 82-80, in women's basketball action Monday night at the JMU Convocation Center. JMU senior guard Dawn Evans scored 42 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to lead the Dukes to victory.

With the victory, James Madison improved to 6-5 on the season while Virginia's record dropped to 7-5.

UVa was led by junior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.), who scored 19 points to lead five Cavaliers in double figures. Freshman Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) registered her first-career double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Virginia got off to a good start and held its largest lead of the first period, 33-21, after a jumper by Telia McCall at the 4:55 mark. James Madison rallied and went on an 11-1 run over the next three minutes to cut the score to 34-32 with 1:44 left in the first half. A 3-pointer by Moorer on the Cavaliers' next possession extended the UVa lead to 37-32. That score held up until the halftime mark.

Clemson Falls to No. 2 Baylor in Sunshine Shootout Opener

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS - Clemson entered the Sunshine Shootout Tournament in the Bahamas with the tough task of opening with No. 2 Baylor. At the end of 40 minutes, Baylor's (11-1) stifling defense and hot three-point shooting got the best of Lady Tigers (6-6), 82-40.

Clemson will return to action on Wednesday at 8:15 pm when they take on a ranked Syracuse team in the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in their final game of the tournament.

"The score won't show it, but I feel like we competed. I haven't seen that effort in a couple of games from us," said Clemson Head Coach Itoro Coleman. "We got a lot of open looks, but couldn't knock it in. We set some really good screens and got open shots, but they didn't go. We competed and we weren't scared."

The Bears held Clemson to a season-low 27.1 shooting percentage and held the Tigers to just 13 field goals, and only five of them inside the arc. Baylor's size was a critical factor in Clemson's season-high 27 three-point attempts, as the Lady Tigers struggled to get the ball on the interior.