Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 17
Jan. 17, 2008
Janie Mitchell finished with 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Georgia Tech (16-2, 3-1 ACC) to a 67-63 win over NC State (12-6, 0-3) Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets earned their first Atlantic Coast Conference road win of the season.
The Jackets held a 10-point lead with two minutes remaining in the game but a fierce NC State comeback cut the margin to 66-63 with 36 seconds on the clock. Jacqua Williams knocked down three-of-four free throws down the stretch to help Tech hold on for the victory.
Tech forced NC State into a season-high 34 turnovers on the night, scoring 23 points off the Wolfpack mishaps. The Jackets finished with 17 steals with seven players garnering two or more in the game.
Chioma Nnamaka scored 16 points and was four-of-eight from beyond the arc. Jill Ingram added 10 points and three steals off the bench for Tech.
NC State got 15 points and 14 rebounds from Khadijah Whittington and a game-high 19 points from Shayla Fields.
D'Lesha Lloyd hit double figures just 4:20 into the game and finished with a career-high 31 in leading the Clemson women's basketball team to an 84-73 win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA on Thursday night.
Lloyd's 31 points were the most by a Lady Tiger since Lakeia Stokes posted 32 during the 2003-04 season. The senior from Columbia, SC was 13-of-17 from the field and grabbed six rebounds in the game as well.
The win was Clemson's second straight on the road, following a 85-73 victory at Wake Forest on Monday. The Lady Tigers are now 9-10 overall and 2-2 in ACC play.
Christy Brown posted 19 points with five assists on Thursday, while Sthefany Thomas added 14 for her fourth double-figure game in the last five. Lele Hardy was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds, while also tallying six assists in the contest.
Brittany Cook led the Hokies (12-7, 0-5 ACC) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Utahya Drye and Laura Haskins scored in double figures as well.
Freshmen Cetera DeGraffenreid scored a season-high 20 points, Rashanda McCants added 19 and third-ranked North Carolina won its eighth straight by routing Boston College 87-59 on Thursday night.
Jessica Breland scored 12 of her 18 points in the decisive first half for the Tar Heels (17-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
The nation's highest-scoring team shot nearly 48 percent, held the Eagles without a field goal for more than 11 minutes and broke the game open by closing the half with 13 straight points as part of a 30-1 run that bridged halftime.
North Carolina grew its lead methodically, taking a 20-point advantage on its first shot of the second half, Heather Claytor's 3-pointer that made it 46-26, and then pushing it to 30 about 4 1/2 minutes later on McCants' 3.
Reserve Rebecca Miles had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mickel Picco added 15 points and made three 3-pointers for sloppy Boston College (14-5, 2-2), which had 10 turnovers during the Tar Heels' dominating stretch.
After Corey Rusin's baseline jumper at 5:45 of the first half pulled BC to 30-26, the Eagles didn't hit anything from the floor until Picco's layup with 14:28 left. By then, the Tar Heels' lead surpassed 30 points and it was all but over.
Coming off one of the toughest losses in recent history, the Florida State women's basketball could have easily hung its heads in its next outing. Instead, the Seminoles responded with their best offensive game in over a month as they defeated Wake Forest, 80-54, on Thursday (January 17) at the Donald L Tucker Center.
Florida State improved to 2-1 in the conference and 12-6 overall. Wake Forest suffered its 22nd ACC loss in a row as it dropped to 0-5 in the league, 12-7 overall.
After not having a single player in double figures against Duke - a first since 1994 - Florida State had four players in double digits. Topping all scorers were guards Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) at 18 points each. Alysha Harvin (Dania, Fla.) was next with 14 while Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) scored all 12 of her points in the second half.
Williams had seven assists and no turnovers as well as four steals. Guard Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) grabbed a team-high six rebounds while Monroe nabbed five. Four different players had four or more rebounds as FSU out-rebounded Wake Forest 32-31, including 19-14 in the second half.
The Seminoles shot 66.7 percent in the second half to shoot 54 percent (27-of-50) for the game, its highest rate since 54.3 percent at Texas A&M. Wake Forest was held to 32.1 percent (17-of-53). FSU also hit 74.1 percent (20-of-27) from the line and 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from three point range. Florida State converted 20 Wake Forest turnovers into 21 points and got 24 points in the paint.