Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, December 29

#5 Maryland Holds Off #19 Delaware, 85-76

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Laurin Mincy scored a career-high 25 points, Alyssa Thomas had 23, and No. 5 Maryland used a strong second half to defeat previously unbeaten and Delaware (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) 85-76 on Thursday night in College Park.

The Terrapins (13-0) trailed 44-41 before Mincy scored nine points in a 15-2 run that put Maryland ahead by 10 with 13:51 left to play. After the Blue Hens closed to 56-50, Anjale Barrett contributed the final seven points to a 9-2 spurt that upped the margin to 13. Barrett had 16 points and eight assists, and Mincy scored 18 in the second half to help Maryland win the title game of the two-day Terrapin Classic.

The win was the Terps' 36th over a ranked team under head coach Brenda Frese.

Elena Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer, scored 32 for the Blue Hens (10-1), who were seeking to improve on the best start in school history. Delaware is 0-10 all-time against Maryland and 3-28 versus ranked opponents. Delle Donne finished 10 for 19 from the field and made all 10 of her free throws.

Hurricanes win Miami Holiday Tournament Over VCU

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)- Morgan Stroman scored 23 points to lead No. 12 Miami to a 91-61 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the championship game of the Miami Holiday Classic on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes (11-2) used their pressure defense to go on a 22-3 run during a 5:31 span in the first half. Miami scored 16 unanswered points in the spurt, capped by Stefanie Yderstrom's jumper that gave the Hurricanes a 40-16 lead with 4:59 remaining.

Miami had 14 steals and scored 16 points off Virginia Commonwealth turnovers in the first half and led 49-30 at halftime.

Yderstrom finished with 20 points and Shenise Johnson had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who won their 32nd consecutive home game.

Virginia Pulls Away From UMass, 53-38, For Marriott Cavalier Classic Title

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's basketball team won its eighth-consecutive Marriott Cavalier Classic title with a 53-38 victory over Massachusetts on Thursday (Dec. 29). Senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) was named the tournament's most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore guard Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.).

Virginia capped off an undefeated month of December (7-0) and improved to 9-0 at home this season. Overall, the Cavaliers are 12-2 as they head into Atlantic Coast Conference play (Jan. 2 at Duke).

With the loss, UMass' record dropped to 5-9.

Junior guard Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) was the Cavaliers' high-scorer with 12 points and added six steals and three rebounds. Moorer tied a career-high with seven steals in addition to her 11 points and senior forward Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) notched a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Balanced Scoring Sends NC State over Alcorn State

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Five players scored in double figures to pace NC State to an 85-70 victory over Alcorn State on Thursday night at the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational.

Freshman Erica Donovan scored a season-high 15 points, while Kody Burke tied her career-best with 13 rebounds and added 10 points for her third double-double of the year.

State stormed out of halftime to take a 55-39 lead after two free throws from Donovan with 13:51 to play, capping a 21-11 run out of intermission.

Alcorn State got within 13, but seven in a row, including a three-ball from Donovan made it 64-44 with 11:20 to play.

The lead grew to 24 points, 76-52, after two free throws from Kiana Evans.

State made a season-high 27 free throws in 35 attempts, and held a commanding 58-34 advantage in rebounding.

No. 24 UNC Tops Savannah State, 74-21

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)--Brittany Rountree scored 15 points to lead No. 24 North Carolina to a 74-21 rout of Savannah State on Thursday.

The 21 points were the fewest allowed by the Tar Heels (9-2), who had all three of their veteran post players available for the first time this season.

Center Chay Shegog had 11 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season for North Carolina.

Laura Broomfield played for the first time in five games since suffering a foot injury, finishing with seven points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes.

Georgia Tech Gets Fifth Straight Win, Beats N.C. A&T, 74-57

Duluth, Ga. - Senior center Sasha Goodlett tied her career-high with 23 points and sophomore Tyaunna Marshall added 20 points to lead the Georgia Tech women's basketball team (10-3) to its fifth straight win, a 74-57 victory over North Carolina A&T (6-7) Thursday afternoon at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in the Yellow Jackets' non-conference finale.

Goodlett added 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the year and fifth of her career. It is the first time two Yellow Jackets have scored at least 20 points since Marshall and Alex Montgomery each tallied at least 20 against Jacksonville State in Tech's final non-conference game last season.

The Yellow Jackets opened the game by holding the Aggies without a point until an A&T 3-pointer at the 14:50 mark. Tech then used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to turn a 6-5 lead into a 21-7 advantage with seven and a half minutes remaining in the opening half.

The Yellow Jackets limited the Aggies to only 5-of-26 shooting in the first 20 minutes and forced 13 North Carolina A&T turnovers before the break with the Jackets converting the Aggie miscues into 12 points.

Wake Forest's Bench Leads Deacons to 77-45 Defeat of UMES

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest got 59 points from its bench, including a career-high 16 from Erin Hall, as the Demon Deacons put Maryland-Eastern Shore away with a 77-45 win on Thursday afternoon at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Hall, a sophomore guard, provided a spark off the bench for Wake Forest (9-3), scoring 13 of her 16 total points in the second half as the Deacons pulled away early in the period. Hall went 6-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, in 18 minutes--all of which numbers tied or surpassed her career-highs.

Junior Sandra Garcia was the only other Deacon in double figures, as she turned in 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Garcia was 5-for-5 from the floor and also added a pair of steals.

Hall and Garcia fueled Wake Forest's decisive 16-2 run early in the second half. After UMES (3-8) pulled to within seven three minutes into the half, the two combined for 15 of the team's 16 points over the next three minutes to push the Deacons' lead to 21 at 47-26. Garcia had 10 points during the stretch, including a 3-pointer to cap the run.

Women's basketball defeats UMBC, 57-52

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team claimed a 57-52 win over UMBC on Thursday during the second day of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic at Cassell Coliseum.

Leading Tech (4-9) was Monet Tellier with 18 points. The sophomore guard also grabbed six rebounds, handed out two assists and picked up a steal. Larryqua Hall led all players with a career-high 11 rebounds and Latorri Hines-Allen added nine points and seven boards.

For the Retrievers (6-7), Erin Brown tallied 18 points while Brittany Crowell notched 16. Tope Obajolu and Michelle Kurowski each grabbed six rebounds.

The Hokies outscored UMBC 20-9 in the opening eight minutes, but the Retrievers responded with a 10-2 run, cutting the Hokie lead to 22-19 with 7:35 on the clock. Tech held on to the advantage over the next five minutes, but UMBC took its first lead, up 28-26 with just under three minutes to go.

Women's Basketball Falls to St. Joe's, 74-57

Philadelphia, PA - The Boston College women's basketball team suffered a 74-57 road loss to St. Joseph's at Michael J. Hagan Arena on Thursday night. The Eagles are now 4-8 on the season, while the Hawks improved to 8-4.

Sophomore center Katie Zenevitch led the Eagles with 18 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. Sophomore Kristen Doherty added 10 points while freshman Joy Caracciolo had 13 points in her third career start.

St. Joe's was led by Michelle Baker had 17 points while Kelly Cavallo added 14 points and Ashley Prim finished with 13 points.

BC led for the first eight minutes of the match behind five points from Zenevitch and four from Doherty. The Eagles shot out 7-3 in the first two minutes. With 11:41 to play, St. Joe's Michelle Baker hit a layup and the Hawks took the lead, 13-12.The Eagles tied the game at 17-17 on a layup by Caracciolo with under nine minutes to play.