Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 10
Jan. 11, 2008
ATLANTA - Janie Mitchell scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Georgia Tech (14-2, 1-1 ACC) to a 57-47 victory over Wake Forest (12-5, 0-3) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.
The Yellow Jackets recorded their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2007-08 season and continued their home-court dominance with their 17th-straight victory at home. The home-win streak has now spanned over one year beginning with a victory over Winston-Salem State on January 4, 2007.
Tech's defense clamped down in the second half holding Wake Forest to just 18 points and 35 percent shooting from the floor. The Deacs were held without a basket for six minutes late in the second half, while the Jackets went on an 11-0 run to close out the game. Wake helped Tech by shooting 0-15 from three-point range on the evening.
CLEMSON, S.C. - The University of Miami women's basketball team (8-9, 1-1) relied on senior leadership in a 66-61 win over the Clemson Tigers (7-10, 1-1) at the Littlejohn Coliseum.
Senior Carla Williams was huge on the night for the `Canes as she scored a season-high 14 points, 12 in the second half. With 51 seconds left and Miami down 59-58, with an assist from LaToya Cunningham, Williams scored over Clemson's April Parker, drawing the foul, Parker's fifth. Williams hit the free-throw putting her team up 61-59.
After the made free-throw the Tiger's Stefany Thomas drove through the lane and tied the game with 38 seconds to go.
Albrey Grimsley, another senior, was running the point for the Hurricanes in the final moments of the game and took the ball at the top of the key, drove to her left and drilled the pull-up jumper from 15 feet, giving Miami a two-point advantage. Grimsley came into the game with a 1.63 assist/turnover ratio, good for fifth in the ACC. She ended the night with a team leading 5 assists with only a single turnover.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - After a slow first half, North Carolina waited until the second half to dominate the Hokies.
The No. 3 Tar Heels (15-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a big run to break away from a tie at halftime and defeated Virginia Tech 79-59 on Thursday night.
Erlana Larkins scored 22 points, Rashanda McCants 20 and LaToya Pringle 12 for the Tar Heels. Larkins and Pringle also had 10 rebounds apiece, and McCants had eight rebounds and seven assists.
Amber Hall and Brittany Cook led the Hokies (12-5, 0-3) with 13 points each, and Andrea Barbour and Eleanor Brentnall each had 11.
The game was tied at 37 at halftime, but Hatchell said she challenged her players during intermission and "Rashanda got it going, which made a difference."
BOSTON (AP) - Carolyn Swords was going to high school nearby when Maryland brought a bunch of underclassmen to the new Boston Garden and won the 2006 NCAA championship.
Now she's a Boston College freshman, and those title-winning Terrapins are seniors and juniors who have the school back near the top of women's college basketball.
Crystal Langhorne had 18 points and 18 rebounds to break the Maryland career rebounding record set by Len Elmore and help the Terrapins (19-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their ninth straight game. Kristi Toliver, who as a freshman sank a 3-pointer to force overtime in the championship game, had a season-high 26 points to go with seven assists.
Swords has known that since attending the '06 national semifinals and then watching Maryland beat Duke in the title game on TV. But the 6-foot-6 freshman from suburban Sudbury was neither nervous nor overmatched, going 12-for-16 from the floor - the only BC player in double figures and the only one to make more than half of her shots.
Langhorne came into the game needing seven rebounds to break the school mark of 1,053 that was set by Elmore before he went on to a 10-year career in the ABA and NBA. She got the record-breaker on Ayla Brown's missed layup with 9:13 left in the first half and finished the game with 1,065 career boards.