Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 3
Jan. 3, 2008
Boston College broke a five-game losing streak against ACC foe Virginia Tech with a 63-53 victory at Cassell Coliseum. The Eagles last win over the Hokies came on Feb. 16, 2003 at Conte Forum.
Boston College improved to 12-3 and 1-0 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech is now 12-3, and 0-1 in the ACC.
The Eagles were led by freshman center Carolyn Swords with 14 points and six rebounds while freshman point guard Jaclyn Thoman added a career-high 13 points. Sophomore Ayla Brown contributed 11 points, five rebounds and four steals, while junior Brittanny Johnson added seven points and had a career-high seven assists.
Boston College held Virginia Tech to just 18 points and 29 percent from the field in the second half. The Eagles took control of the game with a 14-2 run sparked by four points by Stefanie Murphy, who battled foul trouble throughout the game. Virginia Tech made a final run at BC as the Hokies cut the lead to three points, 55-52, at 5:09 to play. The Eagles gained their composure and went up 61-52 behind buckets from Murphy, Swords and two foul shots by Johnson
Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 5 Maryland over Wake Forest 83-49 on Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Laura Harper and Kristi Toliver also had 15 points each and Marah Strickland added 10 for the Terrapins (17-1, 1-0), who shot better than 51 percent in winning their seventh straight game.
Camille Collier scored 10 points and Alex Tchangoue had eight for the Demon Deacons (12-3, 0-1), who shot just 30 percent from the field.
The Terrapins played without head coach Brenda Frese. Frese is expecting twins in the spring, and her doctors advised her not to go on road trips.
Chante Black did not miss a shot in scoring 17 points, and No. 12 Duke rolled past North Carolina Central, 82-29, Thursday night.
Black went 7-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 at the line as Duke (11-3) won its sixth straight overall and its 22nd in a row at home.
Duke's Wanisha Smith had 14 points and seven assists, while Joy Cheek, Abby Waner and reserve Karima Christmas each added 10 points.
The Blue Devils were helped by North Carolina Central's 31 turnovers, 21 in the first half, and Duke's 51-26 edge in rebounding. Cheek and Smith each had eight rebounds.
Quianna Chaney scored 18 of her career-high 27 points in the first half, and No. 11 LSU beat Florida State 73-61 Thursday night.
Chaney scored the game's first eight points, and LSU's first 14. She made her first four 3-point attempts to help the Tigers jump out to a 27-11 lead.
Chaney finished 5-of-9 from 3-point range and 10-for-17 from the field overall.
The Seminoles closed within four with 12:35 to go and had two chances to make it a one possession game, but they couldn't convert. The Tigers put together a 9-2 run to push their lead back to eleven, and the Seminoles never threatened again.