Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, December 28

Hawkins Lifts No. 9 Maryland Past Brown, 76-36

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Tianna Hawkins had 20 points off 9-for-9 shooting from the floor, and No. 9 Maryland cruised to a 76-36 victory against Brown in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic on Friday.

Hawkins has created matchup problems for most opponents this season, and she wasted little time establishing her dominance against the Bears, as she scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half.

Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and Katie Rutan added 11 points for the Terrapins (9-2), who have won five consecutive games. Maryland leads the nation with a 19.1 rebounding margin and outrebounded Brown 43-24.

"I thought it was a slow start and we had to shake off some rust," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "The second half was really good. We consistently had energy. I liked how we were able to get a lot more aggressive defensively. Really, our transition game got going from our defense. I thought we were really unselfish with the basketball."

WBB Wins to Face Badgers in Tourney Final

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami women's basketball team never trailed in its first round game of their UM Holiday Tournament, easily dispatching Central Connecticut State, 64-43, Friday night at the BankUnited Center.

Leading their conference with a defense that allows its opponents to shoot just 31 percent from the field, the Hurricanes (9-2) limited the visiting Blue Devils (5-5) to just a 25.5 shooting percentage.

The UM defense also forced its opponents into 31 turnovers, converting them into 32 points.

For the second consecutive game, Stefanie Yderstrom led the Canes in scoring, pouring in 18 on the night. Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson added 12 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort.

No. 16 Tar Heels Rout ETSU, 85-44

CHAPEL HILL --- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 18 points and a career-high nine assists and North Carolina forced 36 turnovers as the No. 16 Tar Heels ran past East Tennessee State, 85-44, Friday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. UNC blew open the game with a 28-2 run that crossed halftime to improve to 12-1 ahead of Sunday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Clemson.

Xylina McDaniel added 11 points despite being limited to 16 minutes due to foul trouble and Megan Buckland had nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

No Lady Bucs finished in double figures, but Destiny Mitchell had four points and a game-high 10 rebounds. ETSU (2-5) outrebounded Carolina 47-39 but could not overcome a tenacious defensive effort from the host Tar Heels.

A Brianna McQueen three-point play had ETSU within seven at 30-23 late in the first half before UNC started the decisive run.

Virginia Advances to Cavalier Classic Championship Game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Cavalier Classic presented by Holiday Inn University Area with a 66-23 victory over Norfolk State.

The Cavalier defense allowed Norfolk State to score just six points in the first half. Virginia forced 13 first-half turnovers and held the Spartans to 11.5 percent shooting (3-for-26) in the period. Virginia outscored the Spartans 34-17 in the second half.

Norfolk State's 23 points was the second lowest point total by an opponent in the history of the Virginia program and the fewest since UVa defeated Mary Washington, 41-19, on Dec. 2, 1975. It was also the first time since that same season that Virginia held an opponent to scoring under 30 points.

On the offensive end, the Cavaliers used a pair of 15-0 runs, one in the first half and one in the second, to secure the victory and improve to 7-4 on the season and advance to the tournament final.

Virginia Tech tops North Carolina A&T, 58-39

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team defeated North Carolina A&T, 58-39 on Friday in non-conference action at Cassell Coliseum.

Uju Ugoka recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hokies (6-5). Monet Tellier and Alyssa Fenyn posted 12 points each. Tellier also secured seven boards and handed out a game-best five assists.

The Aggies (6-5) were led by JaQuayla Berry with 16 points. Tracy King pulled down six rebounds.

Virginia Tech got out to the early lead in the opening half, going on top 8-4. The Aggies tied it at eight with 11:24 on the clock off a pair of free throws. Tech responded with an 8-0 run sparked by back-to-back three pointers from Tellier and Fenyn to put the Hokies up 16-8 with 8:34 left in the half. Virginia Tech maintained its advantage and took its largest lead of the half up 31-18 going into the break.