Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, February 7
Feb. 7, 2011
Waltiea Rolle had the go-ahead three-point play with 3:20 left and blocked Chelsea Gray's shot on the final play to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 62-60 on Monday night.
Italee Lucas scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who fought through a tough and often ugly rivalry game before holding on to win in a thrilling finish.
Gray had a season-high 20 points to lead the Blue Devils (21-2, 7-1) and had a chance to tie the game after rebounding a missed jumper from Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with about 6 seconds left. She raced upcourt and tried to force up a driving layup, but the 6-foot-6 Rolle was waiting to block it away.
Cierra Bravard scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and No. 19 Florida State withstood a furious rally to beat Virginia 78-74 on Monday night.
The Seminoles (18-5, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 39-32 at halftime and used a 14-4 burst to open the second half to seemingly take command until Virginia made a frenetic push to make it close.
Virginia (13-12, 2-7) used a 21-7 run to close to within 74-72 on Ariana Moorer's layup with 47 seconds left, then stole the inbounds pass, but Paulish Kellam was called for traveling while driving to the basket and Natasha Howard scored at the other end.
After another basket by Virginia's Ataira Frankling with 5 seconds left against made it a 2-point game, Bravard hit a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds to play to clinch it.
Franklin led Virginia with 16 points and China Crosby had 14.
Alexa Deluzio added 15 points and Courtney Ward had 13 for the Seminoles.
Florida State dominated inside, outscoring Virginia 40-22 in the paint.