Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 24

Feb. 24, 2011

No. 9 Duke Smothers Virginia, 71-48

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jasmine Thomas had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, leading No. 9 Duke to a 71-48 victory against Virginia on Thursday night.

The Blue Devils (25-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Virginia without a field goal for almost 16 minutes in the first half. The Cavaliers (15-14, 4-9) shot 20 percent (13 for 65) from the field for the game.

Tricia Liston made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for Duke, which committed 23 turnovers but outrebounded Virginia 55-37.

The Cavaliers opened the second half with a 12-3 surge to close to 37-28, but never got any closer.

Ataira Franklin led Virginia with 15 points and Ariana Moorer had 14.

Jackets Sweep UNC For First Time Since 1990-91 With 64-57 Win

Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Georgia Tech women's basketball completed its first season sweep of the North Carolina Tar Heels since the 1990-91 season with a 64-57 win on Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. It is only the third time in the history of the Tech program the Jackets have completed the feat.

With the win, the Jackets improved to 21-8 on the season and 9-4 in ACC play, while the Tar Heels fall to 22-6 and 8-5 in the ACC. The win was Tech's first win in Chapel Hill since Jan. 17, 2002, which was also the last time the Jackets defeated a Top 25 team on the road.

The nine league wins tie the Georgia Tech record for most ACC wins in a season, which the 2006-07 team accomplished with a 9-5 record. Seniors Alex Montgomery and Deja Foster tied the most wins by a Tech senior class with 88 and the Tech record for most ACC wins by one class with 32.The pair has a chance to break both of those records on Senior Day on the Flats when Tech hosts No. 12 Miami on Sunday.

On UNC's senior night, Tech senior Alex Montgomery stepped up in a big time way and scored a game-high 22 points, including four three pointers. Junior center Sasha Goodlett did not score in the first half and finished with 13 points, while classmate Metra Walthour tossed in 14 points for the Jackets.

The Jackets fell behind 5-0 in the first minute of the game and Tech's shots weren't falling. But the Jacket defense came to play and held the Tar Heels without a field goal from the 15:29 point of the first half to the 12:15 mark and Tech was able to erase UNC's early advantage.

Montgomery made the plays head coach MaChelle Joseph expects her veteran captain to do and tallied 15 first half points, including three three-pointers, helping Tech carry a 31-30 edge into the halftime break. In the two sides' first game in Atlanta, North Carolina held a slim 34-33 lead at intermission.

The Tar Heels came out hot to begin the second half and jumped out to a 38-33 lead just three and a half minutes in. The Jackets continued to fight and 9-2 run over the next three-plus minutes to build a 42-40 lead. The Jackets took advantage of UNC miscues and missed shots and were knocking down shots of their own to cap the win.

The Terrapins Trample Virginia Tech, 61-48

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas scored 15 points, Lynetta Kizer had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 15 Maryland used a late surge to beat lowly Virginia Tech 61-48 Thursday night.

The Terrapins were tied with the last-place team in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 12 minutes remaining before Thomas and Laurin Mincy fueled a pivotal 21-7 run. Mincy scored 12 points, all on long-range jumpers.

Maryland (22-6, 8-5) has won six straight against Virginia Tech (11-17, 1-12) since 2005.

Brittany Gordon had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Shanel Harrison scored 11 for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech opened the second half with an 11-4 run to pull even at 37 with 12:40 left. Gordon got the Hokies started with two straight baskets, and Harrison contributed five points to the spree.

Thomas put Maryland back in front with a layup, then added a 14-footer before Mincy connected from beyond the arc to make it 40-33.

The Hokies kept battling, but Mincy was too much to handle. The freshman hit a 3-pointer for a 44-37 lead, then answered a layup by Gordon with another jumper from long range to put the Terrapins up 47-39 with 8:13 to go.

Hurricanes Eye ACC Title after Crucial 84-68 Win Over Florida State.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Shenise Johnson had 25 points and No. 12 Miami beat No. 14 Florida State 84-68 on Thursday night, putting away the Seminoles with an 18-0 run late in the second half.

Morgan Stroman scored 19 points and Riquna Williams finished with 18 as the Hurricanes won their 24th consecutive home game and avenged a 66-59 loss at Florida State on Jan. 24.

The Hurricanes (25-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) put together a 14-4 run to erase a 56-50 deficit. Sylvia Bullock capped the surge with a driving basket with 5:02 remaining.

Courtney Ward's two free throws cut Miami's lead to two with 4:02 left but the Hurricanes responded with an 18 consecutive points. Williams and Stefanie Yderstrom each had a key 3-pointer in the surge.

Ward led Florida State (22-6, 10-3) with 19 points.

Pack Wins 3rd Straight on Senior Night

RALEIGH, N.C. --- Junior Bonae Holston's 28 points stole the show on senior night as NC State came away with an 80-69 victory over Boston College Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum.

Overcoming a 2-for-11 start and an early deficit, NC State (13-15, 4-9 ACC) found a rhythm at the end of the first half which carried over to a 14-of-25 (56.0%) shooting performance in the second. The Pack built a lead that grew to 17 at one point, and withstood a late Boston College (18-10, 5-8 ACC) run to seal the victory.

Senior Amber White and freshman Myisha Goodwin-Coleman jockeyed for the Pack's best all-around performance of the night. White contributed 17 points, six assists, and six rebounds in the win, while Goodwin-Coleman added 10 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. Each starting guard had a pair of steals.

Wolfpack defense played a pivotal role in the outcome, as NC State held Kerri Shields to 1-of-7 shooting from three-point range. Shields entered the game averaging 2.7 three-pointers per game, good for 34th in the nation.

The third-consecutive win for NC State avenges a 77-67 loss to the Eagles on January 20.

Waters Ties School Record with Career High 40 Points to Lead Deacs Past Tigers 86-64

CLEMSON, S.C. - Senior Brittany Waters turned in a career high and school record-tying 40 points as the Wake Forest women's basketball team defeated Clemson 86-64 Thursday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Waters tied the Wake Forest school record set back on February 21, 2005, when Liz Strunk scored 40 points, also at Clemson. Waters' recorded her previous career-high of 33 points against Miami (Ohio) on November 21, 2009.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 13-16 (4-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) on the season, while Clemson drops to 10-18 (3-10 ACC). The game also marks the second road win of the year for the Deacs.

In addition to her 40 points, Waters grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season, and her first since January 6th against Hampton.

Two other Deacons scored in double figures on the evening, as freshman Chelsea Douglas added 14 points and sophomore Sandra Garcia chipped in with 10. Douglas also dished out five assists to tie her career-high, and sophomore guard Lakevia Boykin contributed five assists, as well.

Sthefany Thomas led Clemson with 14 points, while Lindsey Mason chipped-in with 10.

The Deacs had a terrific offensive performance, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor on 30-of-64 shooting, including 32 percent from long range. Wake sank 17-of-20 shots from the charity stripe for 85 percent, their second-highest mark of the season.