Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, February 24
Feb. 24, 2013
ATLANTA - Junior Tyaunna Marshall wasn't going to let Georgia Tech (13-14, 6-10 ACC) lose to Miami (18-9, 9-7 ACC) on Senior Day at McCamish Pavilion. And she didn't disappoint as she finished with 37 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 68-64 comeback win over the Hurricanes.
Marshall's 37 points not only set a new career-best but were the fourth-most points scored by a Jacket in a game all-time. The 37 points were the most since Niesha Butler scored 40 against Florida State on Jan. 2, 1999. The 37 points are the most in one game by any player in the ACC this year.
"I thought Ty was unbelievable on both ends of the floor," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "I really thought she did a tremendous job, not only offensively but defensively. She got stops when we needed to have stops and she made shots when we needed to make shots. On a day when other people weren't scoring, I really felt like she did a great job stepping up and making plays. She put us on her back and carried us. I thought Aaliyah Whiteside hit a big three that got us going there at the end and helped us get back in the game and get a lead."
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Missing its best player, Duke didn't skip a beat in a surprisingly easy victory over a ranked conference foe.
Elizabeth Williams scored 16 points and the No. 5 Blue Devils shook off the absence of injured point guard Chelsea Gray to beat No. 8 Maryland 75-59 on Sunday, clinching its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.
"It certainly is an honor to be the regular season champion," said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie. "I think that's the hardest one to win because it says a team has gone through a season -- again, with injury or other things happening -- and really been consistent. I think that's really a special thing for our team."
Alexis Jones, Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 15 points for the Blue Devils (26-1, 16-0), who won their 10th straight game and completed a season sweep against the Terrapins (22-5, 13-3).
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's Monet Tellier records her 1,000th career point as she leads the Hokies to a 71-52 upset win over No. 19/20 Florida State on Sunday afternoon in ACC action at Cassell Coliseum.
"Thrilled, this game showed the type of character that the kids have," said Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff. "When you're kind of mired in the type of season that we've been fighting through, I believe the team approached this game in the right frame of mind despite that. I think the older kids like Alyssa [Fenyn] deserve a heck of a lot of credit for the way they have kept plugging away. Congratulations to Monet, 1,000 points in college is not an easy thing to do."
Tellier hit her 1,000th point at the 12:32 mark of the first half. She went on to lead the Hokies (9-18, 3-13 ACC) with 24 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field, including a 2-of-3 from outside the arc. Tellier also handed out six assists and pulled down five rebounds.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Waltiea Rolle took charge for North Carolina exactly the way their coach expected them to do.
Ruffin-Pratt matched her career high with 24 points while Rolle added a double-double to help the 16th-ranked Tar Heels beat NC State 68-58 on Sunday.
Rolle finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (25-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat their nearby rival for the 23rd time in 27 meetings. The seniors came up big during a 7-0 spurt that finally helped North Carolina build a cushion against the Wolfpack (13-15, 5-11), though the Tar Heels had to fight to the final minute to secure the win.
"This time last year, I don't know if they'd have ever thought they'd be in the situation they are right now and both playing like they are right now," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "They're seniors and they carry us and I'm just real proud of them."
Marissa Kastanek scored 17 to lead the Wolfpack, who led by six early after halftime and trailed 54-53 with 6 minutes left before UNC's decisive spurt.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Clemson led by as many as 13 in the second half before Boston College (10-17, 4-12 ACC) came back to take a lead, but two key baskets late propelled Lady Tigers (9-18, 5-11 ACC) to their third straight win. The 64-61 decision was Clemson's first ever win in five tries at Conte Forum, and the Lady Tigers improved to 3-7 against the Eagles all-time.
"I was really concentrated on us getting stops and executing on the offensive end," said Head Coach Itoro Coleman. "It was all about our execution and stops. I felt like we played a good, solid 40 minutes today."
Natiece Ford hit a crucial 18-footer with Clemson trailing by one with 1:06 to play, and Aisha Turner came away with a steal and a layup with 12.5 seconds left to give Clemson a three-point lead. Clemson had led 52-39 with 10:36 to play before the Eagles stormed back to take a 61-60 lead with 1:36 to play.