Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, January 25
Jan. 25, 2009
Duke honored its first Final Four team, and then the Blue Devils played like they could get back there again.Especially on defense, where the fourth-ranked Blue Devils claimed their 15th straight victory Sunday by forcing Georgia Tech into one of the worst offensive performances in school history. The result: a 60-34 rout of the Yellow Jackets.
Chante Black and Jasmine Thomas both scored 10 points for the Blue Devils (17-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They never trailed, forced Georgia Tech into two extended field-goal droughts, and went on to claim a share of first place in the league with Florida State, the only other team unbeaten in ACC play.
Alex Montgomery scored 12 points and fellow sophomore Iasia Hemingway added 10 in their first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium with the Yellow Jackets (14-5, 2-3). But Jacqua Williams, who averages 13.7 points, was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting.
Duke shot a season-high 50 percent and overcame its 24 turnovers by generating 26 takeaways while holding on for its 29th straight win in the series.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Kristi Toliver scored 18 of her 23 points in the second half, and No. 12 Maryland handed second-ranked North Carolina its third straight loss, 77-71 Sunday night. Toliver contributed 11 points to a 13-0 run that put the Terrapins up by 12 with 14:24 left, and Maryland (16-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on.
Marissa Coleman had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Demauria Liles also had a double-double (12 points, 15 rebounds) to help the Terrapins extend their home winning streak to 29.
Jessica Breland had 18 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina (17-3, 3-2), which hadn't lost three in a row since Jan. 17-24, 2002. The Tar Heels were coming off a 30-point defeat against Connecticut and a 66-62 setback against Georgia Tech.
North Carolina wore pink uniforms and pink warmup suits, and Maryland donned pink warmup shirts in a tribute to North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, who died Saturday following a lengthy fight against breast cancer. There was also a moment of silence before the game to honor Yow, who won 737 games in 38 years.
The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum by defeating Longwood 73-57 in the penultimate non-conference contest of the season.
The Hokies, who improved to 9-10 on the season, jumped out to a 16-3 advantage and led by as many as 16 in the first half. But Longwood, which fell to 5-13 with the loss, managed a 14-7 run to end the period to keep the game competitive at 39-30 in Tech’s favor.
Things got even more competitive at the start of the second half, though, as the Lancers opened the stanza on an 11-5 spurt to cut the lead to three at 44-41 by the 14:29 mark. But that’s when the Hokies, who shot 52 percent from the field in the second half, began to pull it back together. Shanel Harrison and Lindsay Biggs combined to score 11 of the next 13 points for Tech as the Hokies got the lead back up to nine, 57-48, with just over 10:30 to play.