Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, December 30

Rainbow Wahine Invitational Champions!!

HONOLULU, Hawaii – A third victory in an as many nights gave NC State the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational title on Friday night at Stan Sherriff Center. The 84-54 win over Hawaii capped a perfect 3-0 trip for the Wolfpack.

Marissa Kastanek was named Most Valuable Player, and Kody Burke was selected for the All-Tournament Team.

NC State (10-3) scored the first 13 points of the game, opened with a 26-5 run, and never looked back in earning the program’s third tournament victory in Hawaii, adding to its previous titles in 1990 and 2000.

Hawaii missed its first 12 shots and turned the ball over 10 times before making its first basket. The ‘Bows, limited to just four field goals in the opening 20 minutes, trailed 49-20 at the break.

Defensive Dominance

ORLANDO, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team applied the pressure on Friday night at UCF Arena, and the Knights couldn't handle it.

The Seminoles opened the contest in a full-court man-to-man defensive set and raced out to an 11-1 lead en route to a 60-47 victory over UCF in their final non-conference game of the 2011-12 season.

The Seminoles improved to 8-6 on the season, while the Knights dropped to 5-7.

Howard, a sophomore forward, led the Garnet and Gold effort with her fifth double-double of the season (18 points and 10 rebounds), while junior guard Leo Rodriguez tied her career high with 11 points.

Liston Leads Duke Past Temple 65-54

PHILADELPHIA (AP)-Tricia Liston scored 20 points to lead No. 8 Duke to a 65-54 win over Temple on Friday night.

Duke (9-2) has had a lot of rest lately, playing just two games over the past 19 days. The Blue Devils showed no early rust against Temple, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead before allowing the Owls to climb back in the game.

Trailing 37-20, they rallied behind Brittany Lewis to get within five. After Elizabeth Williams scored two baskets to make it 57-47 with 5:01 left, Lewis answered with consecutive layups to make it a six-point game again with 2:11 left.

Chelsea Gray just beat the shot clock with a jumper from the top of the key that bounced off the front of the rim and in to make it 59-51 and Temple could only get within five the rest of the way.

No. 24 North Carolina Downs NC Central, 79-42

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Chay Shegog had 20 points and five blocked shots to pace No. 24 North Carolina to a 79-42 victory over North Carolina Central on Friday night.

Krista Gross added 15 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season for the Tar Heels (10-2), who beat a MEAC team for the second straight day after demolishing Savannah State 74-21 on Thursday. Brittany Rountree chipped in 11 points.

UNC led 14-0 behind eight points from Gross before Blaire Houston broke the Eagles' drought on a layup with 13:43 left in the first half.

UNC shot 47.7 percent to 30.0 for NCCU, outrebounded the Eagles 44-32 and committed 24 turnovers to the visitors' 36.

Clemson Falls to UAB on Friday

CLEMSON, SC - The Lady Tigers put forth one of their best defensive efforts of the season, but caught a cold spell from the floor as Clemson fell to UAB, 51-36, on Friday night in Littlejohn Coliseum. UAB (9-2) held Clemson (4-7) without a field goal for more than 13 minutes in a 21-2 run that spanned halftime.

The defense held the Blazers to just a .316 mark from the floor and forced 18 turnovers, but the offense struggled to get anything consistent offensively against one of the nation’s top defensive teams. UAB entered the game ranked among the top five nationally in points allowed per game.

Nikki Dixon led Clemson with nine points, and also added three rebounds, three assists, and three steals with no turnovers in 32 minutes. Shaniqua Pauldo added seven points and six boards off the bench for Clemson. Chancie Dunn had four points, a team high seven rebounds, and four assists in the game, but went just 2-10 from the floor.