Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 12

Dec. 12, 2010


No. 25 Boston College Defeats Rutgers, 84-75

No. 25 Boston College hit eight foul shots in the final minute to seal a 84-75 victory over Rutgers at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.

BC is now 10-0, while Rutgers drops to 6-4 on the season. This is the best start for BC in the history of the program. The 2003-04 team went 12-1. That BC team won the first seven games, lost to George Washington and then won five more games. The 2004-05 team went 12-1 to open the season but lost the second game of the year.

BC had four different players in double-figures including Carolyn Swords with 18 points (six boards, two blocks) and Stefanie Murphy had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Jaclyn Thoman had another solid game as she notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Sophomore Kerri Shields finished with 18 points and went 4-for-8 from the three-point line.

The Eagles had a 28 point lead with 12 minutes to play after Murphy hit a lay-up. Slowly, Rutgers cut into the lead and six points with one minute to play in the match. Behind the Rutgers run was April Sykes who scored 10 of her 32 points in the game.

No. 5 Duke Overwhelms Oklahoma State, 73-45

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Karima Christmas scored 16 points, Allison Vernerey added a season-high 12 and No. 5 Duke deployed a ravenous pressure defense to rout previously unbeaten Oklahoma State 73-45 on Sunday.

The Blue Devils (11-0) forced 17 first-half turnovers and rushed out to a 29-point halftime lead on their way to a sixth road win already this season.

Oklahoma State (8-1) was especially vulnerable to the full-court press with two freshmen taking over at point guard for departed second-team All-American Andrea Riley, the Big 12's all-time scoring leader.

Lakyn Garrison made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points for the Cowgirls, who had a 48-game non-conference winning streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena snapped.

Tricia Liston added 11 points and Chelsea Gray had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Duke.

Florida State Cruises Past Jacksonville State, 87-39

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - - Natasha Howard scored 17 points and Chasity Clayton added 16 and No. 17 Florida State took a big lead early and cruised to an 87-39 victory over Jacksonville State on Sunday.

Florida State (8-1) led 49-22 at halftime and coach Sue Semrau played her reserves a good part of the second half.

Jacksonville State (2-6) has lost six straight games.

Amanda McCarthy, who had not made a 3-pointer in Jacksonville's first seven games, went 4 of 9 from long distance to lead the Gamecocks with 12 points.

Five Seminoles finished in double figures. Cierra Bravard had 13 points while Leonor Rodriguez and Courtney Ward had 11 apiece. Rodriguez's 3-pointer gave Florida State an 87-37 lead with 2:14 left.

Clayton and Rodriguez combined for 27 of Florida State's 38 bench points while Jacksonville's top scorers on the season, Brittany Wiley and Danielle Vaughn, managed to score a total of seven points.

Florida State shot 53.8 percent from the field and were 10 of 21 from 3-point distance while the Gamecocks shot just 25.5 percent overall.

Late Run Secures 78-66 Victory for No. 12 North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Jessica Breland scored 24 points and keyed a late run that helped No. 12 North Carolina defeat UNLV 78-66 on Sunday.

Italee Lucas added 16 points as the Tar Heels (10-0) overcame their first halftime deficit of the season.

North Carolina led 63-60 before Breland scored seven of the Tar Heels' next 11 points. The Tar Heels struggled to pull away despite forcing 34 turnovers by the Rebels (5-3).

North Carolina missed its first 13 3-point attempts until Lucas, the Tar Heels' leading scorer, knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:47 remaining for a 56-50 lead. UNLV stayed close, but tenacious defense by the Tar Heels eventually wore on the Rebels, playing their first game in the Eastern time zone in more than five seasons.


Samford Pulls Away from Lady Tigers, 58-48, on Sunday

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Samford Bulldogs (6-2) used a 7-0 run in the second half to pull away from Clemson (6-3), 58-48, on Sunday afternoon in the Pate Hanna Center. Shaniqua Pauldo had 14 points to lead Clemson, but the Tigers were just 3-20 from behind the arc after entering the game ranked ninth in the country in three-point field goal percentage.

It was the seventh time Clemson has held an opponent below 60 points on the season, and the Tigers only allowed 37.3 percent shooting from the Bulldogs.


Wolfpack Women Fall at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A 20-point first-half deficit was too much for NC State to overcome in a 77-63 loss at South Carolina Sunday at Colonial Life Arena.

NC State (4-6) figured it would be a tough road to hoe Sunday with mounting injuries to some of its top front-court players. Freshman Kody Burke turned an ankle in practice Saturday and didn't suit up. That setback was on top of the injury to Lakeesa Daniel two games ago at Illinois.

Add to that early foul trouble from Bonae Holston, who was scoreless in six first-half minutes, and the offensive end of the court turned into a major struggle for the Wolfpack.