Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, February 14
Feb. 14, 2008
NC State won in come-from-behind fashion Thursday night by holding Miami scoreless for over 10 minutes in the second half of a 51-45 ACC affair from Reynolds Coliseum.
Shayla Fields led NC State (16-9, 4-6 ACC) with a game-high 16 points, while Khadijah Whittington notched her 16th double-double of the year with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Nikitta Gartrell rounded out the balanced scoring attack with 10 points.
Maurita Reid paced Miami (9-16, 2-8 ACC) with 13 points.
With the game tied 33-all, Reid gave the Hurricanes a 35-33 lead with 16:12 to go. But that wound up being the last field goal for the visitors for over 10 minutes, allowing the Pack to go on a game-deciding 11-0 run that put them up 44-35 with 6:33 to play.
Lamese James finally put a halt to the Miami drought with a bucket at the 5:42 mark.
The Canes made it close in the late stages when Damisha Moore banked in a 3-pointer with 32.7 seconds left to make it 48-45. However, Fields and Whittington made three of four shots from the line to seal a second straight win for the once again pink wearing Wolfpack.
Marah Strickland scored a career-high 20 points and Maryland (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) cruised to a 78-51 win over Boston College on Thursday night. Senior Laura Harper broke the program's all-time blocks record, which had stood for 28 years.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Terrapins (26-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), while the Eagles (17-8, 5-5) suffered their third straight loss.
Maryland, which had made just 24 percent of its 3-pointers over the previous five games, made 11 of 22 3-point attempts.
Strickland scored 14 first half points and made all five of her 3-pointers.
Boston College was led by Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy, who scored 10 points each. The Eagles were plagued by 20 turnovers, leading to 26 Maryland points.
Kristi Toliver added 12 points for Maryland and Ashleigh Newman broke out of a slump with 15.