Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, February 4
Feb. 4, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Kristi Toliver scored 28 points and No. 5 Maryland rallied from a 21-point deficit in the first half to beat Virginia Tech 74-71 in overtime on Monday night.
Crystal Langhorne scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds for the Terrapins (24-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Marissa Coleman had 17 points, and Laura Harper had 8 and 12 rebounds.
Brittany Cook led the Hokies (13-10, 0-8) with 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Andrea Barbour had 24 points.
The Terrapins, plagued by 25 turnovers, took the lead for the first time when Harper's layup made it 66-64 with 3:12 left in overtime. Langhorne then hit a layup, and Maryland held on for the win.
A 3-pointer by Cook with 3 seconds left made it 72-71, but Toliver was then fouled by Barbour and hit both of her free throws.
The Hokies scored the first 11 points and led by as much as 21 in the first half, taking a 31-10 lead on a basket by Laura Haskins with 10:13 left. Maryland came back to cut the deficit to 39-29 at intermission.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - LaToya Pringle had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 3 North Carolina past 11th-ranked Duke 93-76 on Monday night.
Freshman Cetera DeGraffenreid also scored 18 points and Rashanda McCants added 15 for the Tar Heels (20-2, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The nation's most potent offense shot 51.6 percent against the league's best defense, owned a 43-34 rebounding advantage, routinely generated open looks and consistently knocked them down.
For North Carolina, it all added up to a convincing victory that snapped a two-game losing streak in the bitter Tobacco Road rivalry.
Chante Black and Wanisha Smith both had 15 points for Duke (16-6, 5-2), which allowed a season-high point total in dropping two of three at home in an eight-day span. A week earlier, Tennessee snapped the Blue Devils' 24-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a final-seconds victory.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A strong defensive effort and four double-figure scorers highlighted Virginia's 88-43 win over Morehead State Monday night in John Paul Jones Arena. Monica Wright had 17 points and Aisha Mohammed notched her ninth double-double of the year to lead the Cavaliers.
With the win, Virginia improved to 17-5 overall and 11-2 at home this year. Off to its best start since 2004-05 when it also ran out to a 17-5 record, Virginia has won 11 of its last 12 games.
Wright had an impressive outing to lead a balanced attack, grabbing five rebounds and five steals in addition to her 17 points. Mohammed's double-double included 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Sharneé Zoll, meanwhile, dished out five assists and scored seven points.
Virginia heated up early, shooting 53.1 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 48-26 lead. Wright scored 15 of her 17 points in the first stanza, and Lyndra Littles was also in double figures with 11 points. Littles finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds.