Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, December 30

Dec. 30, 2010

Jackets Set NCAA Record For Fewest Points Allowed Against Tennessee State

ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech women's basketball team (11-4) opened its game with Tennessee State (4-9) in nearly identical fashion as the way the its last contest with Mercer ended, shooting very well and playing extremely good defense.

The defense was unlike the NCAA has ever seen before, tying the record for fewest points allowed in a half (three) and setting the record for fewest points allowed in an NCAA Division I game (11).

The Florida Gators held Savannah State to only three points in the first half of a Nov. 23, 2003, contest and TCU limited Texas Southern to only 16 total points in a game, exactly eight years ago to the day - Dec. 30, 2002.

Georgia Tech opened the game with a bang as Tyaunna Marshall controlled the tip and raced in for an uncontested layup just three seconds in. The pace never slowed as the Jackets opened the game on a 27-0 run before the Lady Tigers' Jasmine Brimm converted a pair of free throws at the 11:05 mark of the first half. Tech would string together another 19 straight points before Brimm hit her third free throw of the half, making the score 46-3 at the 3:37 point.

No. 3 Duke Holds Off Temple, 71-64

DURHAM, N.C. -- For the second year in a row, Temple decided to dare Karima Christmas to beat them from the perimeter.

For the second year in a row, she did.

Christmas tied a season high with 20 points to help No. 3 Duke beat Temple 71-64 Thursday night.

"Our game plan has been, the last two years, to play off of her because she's the only guy you can really play off of outside the 3-point line," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said. "And every single time she's murdered us. So I'm glad she's a senior."

Last season, Christmas made 3 of 5 3-pointers. On Thursday night, she made 2 of 3, along with 10 of 13 free throws.

"They left me open, and I shot it," Christmas said. "I mean, it's not like I haven't hit shots. I wouldn't know why somebody would say that. If I had the open shot, I took it. If I had the open lane, I took it. I just was in attack mode all the time."

No. 23 FSU Rolls Past Stetson, 92-44

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With a road trip to Missouri and the start of conference play on the horizon, Florida State women's basketball coach Sue Semrau was worried Thursday's contest against Stetson might be a trap game.

Ninety-two points later, that concern was erased.

The Seminoles (11-3) blasted the visiting Hatters (5-6) 92-44 at the Donald L. Tucker Center as three players scored in double figures. Like they did in Tuesday's thrilling win over Florida, the 'Noles also posted more assists (a season-best 25) than turnovers (19) against Stetson.

"This certainly could have been a trap game," Semrau said afterwards. "I was pleased that the players were able to move past the win over our biggest rival and stay focused tonight. We were able to get a lot of our young players in and let them get some good minutes tonight."

One of the few student-athletes that isn't one of those "young" players on a Seminoles team that features eight underclassmen, junior forward and All-America candidate Cierra Bravard registered a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds and a steal.

Senior guard Courtney Ward and redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton combined to score 14 points apiece.

No. 25 Boston College Earns 80-67 Victory Over Northeastern

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Seniors Stefanie Murphy and Carolyn Swords combined for 42 points and 21 rebounds to lead No. 25 Boston College past cross-town rival Northeastern, 80-67, at Conte Forum on Thursday night. Boston College is now 12-1 on the season while Northeastern drops to 5-6.

The Boston College women's basketball team will next host Dayton on Monday, January 3 at Conte Forum at 7 p.m.

Murphy, a native of Londonderry, NH, scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was her sixth double-double in the month of December. She now has seven double-doubles this season. Senior Carolyn Swords finished with 22 points and 10 boards. It was her sixth double-double of the season.

Sophomore Kerri Shields added 10 points and senior Jaclyn Thoman notched 11 points and three assists.

Northeastern was led by Kashaia Cannon with 22 points and Jamie Conroy added 18.

Though BC shot just 36 percent from the floor the Eagles led 41-25 at the half. Swords led all scorers with 11 points and five boards.

Strong Second Half Propels Hokies to Championship

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Behind a strong second-half team effort which saw the Hokies tally 55 points, Virginia Tech battled back to register a 74-68 victory over Vanderbilt to claim the 2010 Hilton Garden Hokie Classic championship in Cassell Coliseum Thursday night.

Trailing by as many as 17 in the first half and 15 at the break, the Hokies came out of the locker rooms ablaze, using a 31-8 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to stake an eight-point lead.

Vanderbilt would cut the deficit to as little as two, but Tech would hold on for the six-point win to get its 17th Hokie Classic title in 21 tries, improve to 26-2 in the last 14 years in its own tournament, and defeat an SEC opponent for the first time since 2004.

"Talk about a tale of two halves, what an explosive burst there in the second half," said Virginia Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger. "I told them `go out there and just be ready to knock down shots and let's chip away and get back in it.' I think we got good looks (in the first half), they just didn't fall."

'Canes Win in a Rout on Tamara James' Special Night

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - It's been four years since she graduated from the University of Miami and on the night she had her jersey honored, Tamara James must have been proud of her old squad as the Hurricanes won the Miami Hurricane Classic with a convincing 74-47 victory over Morgan State at the BankUnited Center on Thursday night.

In a Miami Holiday Classic MVP performance, junior Shenise Johnson paced the `Canes with her team-leading fifth double-double of the season. The Preseason All-ACC selection filled the stat sheet as she scored a game-best 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out six assists and had her hand in on four steals.

Miami has dominated most of the games it has played in this season, but it let Morgan State hang around and were actually out-rebounded 19-18 in the first half. After a brief few words of encouragement from head coach Katie Meier at the break, the Hurricanes returned to their dominant selves in the second half and stretched their lead to as much as 29 points.

Lady Tigers Fall at No. 18 Georgetown

WASHINGTON, DC - The Clemson Lady Tigers shot their best percentage in ten games, but fell, 75-54, to the No. 18 Georgetown Hoyas (12-3) on Thursday night at Mcdonough Gym in Washington, DC. Kirstyn Wright led Clemson (6-8) with 17 points, while Sthefany Thomas added 13.

It was Clemson's third straight loss to a nationally ranked opponent, and second consecutive to a Big East foe. Clemson struggled from behind the arc, hitting just 3-17 (.178). Meanwhile, the team combined to go 19-34 (.559) from inside the arc, and outscored the Hoyas in the paint, 26-16.

"When we got it in the middle, we looked down the court and got good shots. We didn't make some, but we also executed on offense in the half court. I thought we defended well in the halfcourt, but didn't rebound well enough out of it."

On the other side, the Hoyas were hot from outside, tying a season high with ten three pointers made. Sugar Rodgers had a season-high 28 points on 11-16 shooting, and South Carolina native Rubylee Wright had a career-high 16 for the Hoyas.