Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, January 6
Jan. 6, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie expects great things from Elizabeth Williams, and the freshman center is already putting her name into the Atlantic Coast Conference record books.
Williams had 18 points, 16 rebounds and a conference-record 12 blocks for her first triple-double to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to a 76-58 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night.
"We see this every day in practice, the things that she can do," McCallie said. "Her teammates feed off that, and it allows other people to do things because of the confidence in her abilities, both offensively and defensively.
"There's no limits for Elizabeth-there's nobody like her. She's going to grow in her game. ... This is a unique and exciting opportunity. The team feeds off it a great deal."
Haley Peters scored 12 points and Richa Jackson added 11 as the Blue Devils (11-2, 2-0 ACC) beat the Demon Deacons for the 36th straight time.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, including a pivotal three-point play with 17 seconds left, and No. 5 Maryland rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat Georgia Tech 77-74 Friday night.
The Terrapins (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 56-36 shortly after halftime and 72-64 with 4:23 remaining before coming back. After Thomas gave Maryland a 76-74 lead by scoring in the lane and adding a free throw, Georgia Tech's Metra Walthour lost the ball driving to the basket and Laurin Mincy made a clinching foul shot for the Terps.
Mincy scored 17 points and Alicia DeVaughn contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins.
Sasha Goodlett had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets and Tyaunna Marshall scored 16. Georgia Tech (11-4, 1-1) came in with a six-game winning streak.
All of the Yellow Jackets' defeats this season have come against teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
After Maryland scored the opening basket of the second half, Marshall made a driving layup to begin an 11-0 run that gave Georgia Tech a 20-point lead with 17:39 left.