Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 3
Feb. 3, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Duke kept knocking down shots, getting defensive stops and harassing its biggest rival into a series of turnovers that led to a steadily expanding lead.
By the time it was over, the fifth-ranked Blue Devils were celebrating another lopsided win against No. 11 North Carolina.
Chloe Wells scored a career-high 18 points and Duke dominated the first half on the way to an 84-63 win Sunday, the Blue Devils' fifth straight in the series.
Tricia Liston added 15 for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped all over the Tar Heels to take the drama out of this one early. Duke blew the game open with a 29-3 run over 10 minutes, led by 31 at halftime and was up by as many as 33 points to deny UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell her 900th career victory.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Led by junior forward Natasha Howard's double-double, the No. 20/21-ranked Florida State women's basketball team picked up its ninth consecutive win over Clemson, 83-61, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Howard, who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards, became the 28th Seminole to score 1,000 career points when she drilled a free throw at the 11:01 mark in the first half.
The Toledo, Ohio, native led five Seminoles in double figures as senior forward Chelsea Davis (19 points) and senior guards Alexa Deluzio (16), Leonor Rodriguez (16) and Morgan Toles (10) also scored 10 or more points for a Garnet and Gold squad that shot 55 percent after halftime.
Toles dished eight assists, while Davis tallied a career-high four steals.
Florida State (18-4, 8-3 in the ACC) was in control the entire game and pulled away down the stretch.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - Junior Tyaunna Marshall and sophomore Sydney Wallace sparked Georgia Tech's 65-62 comeback win at Virginia Sunday afternoon.
Marshall recorded her third straight double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Wallace tossed in 22 points on the strength of six 3-pointers. The six 3-pointers move Wallace within one of 10th on the Georgia Tech career top 10 list.
It was the first win for Georgia Tech (10-12, 3-8 ACC) at Virginia's (14-7, 6-4 ACC) John Paul Jones Arena.
"After Wake Forest, I really felt like we figured out how to win," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We've had such a tough schedule. I said all year long we'd be playing our best basketball in February. We've had two key wins in the last two games. To beat a team as good as Virginia on the road is huge for this team and this program. There is no doubt we've faced our adversity. The way Ty Marshall has stepped up into the leadership role and becoming the go-to player has been important. She never quit on any playing and I can say that for our entire team. We're starting to figure out what it is to play Georgia Tech basketball. It was just a tremendous team win today."
RALEIGH, N.C. - In a game that NC State never trailed, senior guard Marissa Kastanek poured in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, propelling the Wolfpack women's basketball team to a 64-55 ACC victory over Wake Forest in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee at Reynolds Coliseum.
"The last couple practices, Coach [Harper] has put an emphasis on assist passes," Kastanek said. "I think that plays a big role. If I can get open for just a split second and the pass is perfect, that helps me get my shot up. We've just been working so well as a team lately."
In her first start as a member of the Wolfpack, redshirt sophomore guard Len'Nique Brown added four points, four rebounds and nine assists in a career-high 39 minutes played, while junior center Markeisha Gatling chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 10 Maryland women's basketball's dominant duo of Tianna Hawkins and Alyssa Thomas combined for 50 points Sunday in the Terps' 85-62 romp of Boston College at Comcast Center.
Hawkins went 11-for-14 from the field for 26 points, including 19 in the second half, and six boards. Thomas added 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks to lead Maryland (18-3, 9-1 ACC) to its eighth straight win. Hawkins and Thomas are Nos. 1 and 2 in the ACC in scoring and rebounding and Thomas is second in assists as well.
Kristen Doherty led Boston College (9-12, 3-7) with 18 points before fouling out with 5:43 to play. Kerri Shields added 14 for the Eagles.
Alicia DeVaughn, who was honored before the game for reaching the 500-rebound mark, had 13 points and nine rebounds for Maryland. Katie Rutan and Malina Howard each added 10 points for the Terps, who shot 50 percent from the floor for the third straight game.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami women's basketball team was looking to regain some momentum against Virginia Tech on Sunday. Coming off of two consecutive losses to ACC opponents UNC and Duke, the Hurricanes came out strong against the Hokies for a 68-42 win at the BankUnited Center.
"It's a great feeling," said UM head coach Katie Meier. "How we responded to adversity this time was better. We just focus on the positive and ignore the negative."
Leading the charge for the Canes was sophomore guard Michelle Woods, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Stefanie Yderstrom added 11 points and three steals after being held scoreless in the previous game against Duke.