Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 8
Jan. 8, 2009
Boston College Stuns No. 22 Georgia Tech in OT
Georgia Tech (12-3) had gone ahead on a basket by Jacqua Williams with 3.4 seconds remaining. However, Picco, who had 14 points, got lose down court for a long pass and scored just before the buzzer.
Carolyn Swords had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Boston College (12-3) and Stefanie Murphy added 17 points and 11 rebounds as former North Carolina standout Sylvia Crawley won her first game as an ACC coach.
Alex Montgomery had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Georgia Tech, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped.
No. 2 North Carolina Bounces Past Clemson, 83-74
It was a shaky way to start the Atlantic Coast Conference season for the defending champion Tar Heels, who watched Clemson (10-5, 1-1) overcome a 12-point deficit to take a 65-54 lead with 5:03 remaining.
But McCants, a senior, and freshman Chey Shegog saved North Carolina, combining to score 13 of the team's final 19 points.
Heather Claytor put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with her short jumper. Then McCants made two foul shots to extend the lead to 68-65. Shegog put in three straight inside buckets. Still, Clemson pulled to 74-71 on Lele Hardy's layin with 1:48 left.
Terps Step on Gas Early, Cruise Past Wake Forest 92-65
Dee Liles grabbed 13 rebounds for the Terrapins (13-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won six straight. Maryland is 48-12 against the Demon Deacons, 7-0 since February 2003.
Five players scored in double figures for the Terps, including Marah Strickland with 12.
Corrine Groves led Wake Forest with 17 points. The Demon Deacons (12-2, 0-1) have dropped two in a row after opening the season 12-0.
Seminoles Avoid Letdown, Outlast Virginia Tech, 67-63, in ACC Opener
The victory marks FSU's third-straight win over Virginia Tech (8-6) and the team's 12th in the past 13 games over the Hokies. The Seminoles (13-4) have now won four-straight overall and are still undefeated in opponents' home gyms on the season.
FSU also now owns a three-game winning streak in conference openers dating back to the 2006-07 season.
For the game, four different Seminoles scored in double figures as true freshman Cierra Bravard led all FSU players with 14 points. Playing in her first-career ACC game, the Sandusky, Ohio native made six of her 11 shots while grabbing six rebounds and posting a career-high three blocks despite playing with four fouls late in the game.