Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 13
Jan. 13, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Elizabeth Williams and No. 4 Duke stayed perfect by blowing out the one opponent they always seem to beat.
Williams scored 18 points in the Blue Devils' 73-44 rout of Wake Forest on Sunday - their 38th straight victory in the series.
Richa Jackson added 10 points and Chloe Wells matched a season best with 10 points for the Blue Devils (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who forced 23 turnovers, turned them into 26 points and outscored Wake Forest 40-22 in the second half.
Duke shot 48 percent to remain the only Division I team - men's or women's - with a perfect record. The Blue Devils haven't had a game decided by fewer than 10 points.
"Every day, we're just striving to get better, and I think playing in the ACC, it's exciting for us to come out and play against some strong competition and keep getting those wins," Williams said.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The 18th-ranked Florida State women's basketball team bounced back in a major way on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center, speeding past interstate ACC rival and No. 24-ranked Miami, 86-65.
The Seminoles halted their two-game losing streak and defeated their second ranked opponent of the season thanks to an improved rebounding effort, better ball security and stout defense.
FSU allowed Wake Forest to grab 19 offensive rebounds and committed a season-high 23 turnovers in a loss on Thursday. On Sunday, the Garnet and Gold held the Hurricanes to eight rebounds below their season average while making just 14 turnovers.
"We came back from a tough loss and we worked hard in practice; that was the difference," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "It was what we did in practice. The results against a very good Miami team are very exciting for us and hopefully we'll use it to get some momentum to become a better basketball team."
No. 11 UNC Topples Georgia Tech, 79-58
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Redshirt freshman Megan Buckland came off the bench and led No. 11 North Carolina (17-1, 5-0 ACC) to a 79-58 win against Georgia Tech (8-8, 1-4 ACC) in Carmichael Arena on Sunday.
The guard's 19 points marked a career-high for Buckland, while her five three-pointers also set a personal best.
Sophomore Brittany Rountree also found success from the long range, with 3-for-5 three-point shooting and 13 points. In total, North Carolina shot 54 percent, with an impressive 69.2 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Senior point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 11 points and eight assists of her own to North Carolina's play, while freshman Xylina McDaniel and senior Krista Gross each scored 10 points. Gross also added three steals to the effort.
Despite being outrebounded 43-27 by the Yellow Jackets and only notching one offensive rebound in their effort, the Tar Heels dominated play for the majority of Sunday's game. Waltiea Rolle led UNC's defensive effort with six blocks.
Thomas, Terps Topple Hokies, 74-45
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Alyssa Thomas had 26 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks and No. 10 Maryland took charge from the opening tip and beat Virginia Tech 74-45 on Sunday at Cassell Coliseum.
Thomas, the reigning ACC player of the year, led the Terrapins (13-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Tianna Hawkins added 14 points and freshman Tierney Pfirman and Katie Rutan each scored 11.
Maryland went ahead by double figures on three free throws by Rutan with just over eight minutes to go before halftime and the Hokies never got within single digits again.
Uju Ugoka scored 12 points and Monet Tellier had 11 for Virginia Tech (7-9, 1-4), which lost its fourth straight.
Thomas and the Terps were focused from the start, with Thomas scoring the game's first six points. Maryland also blocked several shots in the early going, and that surely contributed greatly to Virginia Tech's shooting woes. The Hokies missed 12 of their first 14 shots and shot 27.9 percent (19-68) overall. Virginia Tech also went five minutes before scoring on Porschia Hadley's putback.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Juniors Katie Zenevitch and Kristen Doherty combined for 34 points and 14 rebound to lead Boston College past Clemson, 66-43, in an ACC game at Littlejohn Coliseum. BC improved to is now 8-7 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC. Clemson dropped to 4-12 and 0-5 in the conference.
Zenevitch shot 6-for-13 from the floor with nine boards, while Doherty went 7-for-14 and 4-for-7 from three-point land to lead BC. Kerri Shields finished with six points but grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while freshman Nicole Boudreau finished with 11 points, four assists and four steals.
The Eagles opened up the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back. Zenevitch and Boudreau had 10 points apiece in the half, while Doherty added eight points.
Clemson closed the gap to five points at 7:06 to play in the half. After a BC timeout, the Eagles finished the half on a 16-2 run sparked by two straight three-pointers by Doherty. BC held a 36-17 lead at the half.
Virginia Battles NC State For a 78-59 Win
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team earned a 78-59 victory over visiting NC State.
The Cavaliers broke open a 51-51 tied game by outscoring NC State 27-8 in the final 10 minutes to improve to 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in the ACC.
NC State (8-9, 0-5 ACC) held a 13-point lead in the first half, but the Cavaliers went on an 11-0 run during the final 5:17 of the period to trail by just two, 32-30, at the break.
Virginia took its first lead of the game 1:21 into the second half on a three-pointer from China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.), the first of five lead changes in the second period.
After the Cavaliers pushed their lead out to 10, 49-39, on a three-pointer from Ataira Franklin (Jr., Bowie, Md.) with 13:19 left in the game, the Wolfpack mounted a 12-2 run, tying the game 51-51 with 10:26 remaining.
Franklin put Virginia back ahead, 53-51, scoring on a fast-break layup with just under 10 minutes left in the game, the start of a 12-0 run that would put Virginia back in control of the game.