Women's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, December 20

Dec. 20, 2011

Shegog, Gross Lead No. 23 North Carolina Past ECU, 65-61

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Chay Shegog scored 19 points and Krista Gross had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 23 North Carolina to a 65-61 win over East Carolina on Tuesday night.

The Tar Heels (8-2) used their size to pull out the win. They twice got rebounds after missing free throws in the final 23 seconds, keeping the Pirates (6-4) from beating a Top 25 team for the first time in four years.

North Carolina survived another low-scoring night. They came into their two games in Myrtle Beach leading the nation at 87.5 points a game, but scored just 48 in a loss to South Carolina on Sunday.

Chareya Smith led East Carolina with 14 points, while Tatiana Chapple added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Vernerey Leads Duke Past UNCW 107-45

DURHAM, N.C. -- Allison Vernerey scored 18 of her 22 points in the decisive first half, and No. 9 Duke forced 40 turnovers in a 107-45 rout of UNC Wilmington on Tuesday night.

Tricia Liston added 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 16 for the Blue Devils (8-2).

They shot 57 percent, never trailed, built a 41-24 rebounding advantage and used a dominating start that included three overwhelming runs to claim a second straight lopsided victory since a loss at No. 8 Kentucky.

Abria Trice had 12 points for UNC Wilmington, but the Seahawks (5-5) had nearly as many turnovers (21) as points (22) in the first half. They fell to 0-22 against ranked opponents and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Chelsea Gray finished with 14 points and Chloe Wells had 11 for Duke, which scored 78 points in the paint and turned UNC Wilmington's turnovers into 56 points.

Virginia Rallies For a 59-53 Win Over James Madison

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat visiting James Madison, 59-53, Tuesday (Dec. 20) at John Paul Jones Arena. Sophomore guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) finished with a career-high 22 points to lead the Cavaliers.

With the win, Virginia improved to 10-2 overall and 7-0 at home this season. The victory also snapped a two-game JMU win streak in the series as the Cavaliers avenged two-point losses in 2009 and 2010.

James Madison's record went to 7-2 overall with the loss.

For just the third time this season, Virginia trailed at halftime. The Dukes got off to a fast start, scoring the game's first seven points which prompted a timeout by Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle.

The Cavaliers battled back and went on an 8-0 run of their own and took the lead on a Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) lay-up with 14:24 left in the stanza that made the score 8-7.