Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, November 11
Nov. 11, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Here's a sign that Maryland once again has the depth of a serious title contender: The only starter to not score in double figures was its All-American.
Marissa Coleman had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the No. 4 Terrapins showed there's plenty more to their lineup than just Crystal Langhorne by beating No. 6 Oklahoma 76-66 on Sunday night in the second game of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.
"We played extremely unselfish basketball," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "It's fun to watch, the way we were moving the basketball, looking for each other. ... So many great things for us to be able to build on for the second game of the season."
Laura Harper added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (2-0), who shot nearly 46 percent, made 7-of-15 3-pointers, built a 24-point lead and took command by outscoring the Sooners 30-9 during the final 12 minutes of the first half.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -Once North Carolina's young guards figured out to get the ball to Erlana Larkins, their first test of the season turned into a blowout.
Larkins scored 12 of her 20 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to help the No. 8 Tar Heels beat No. 12 Arizona State 75-60 in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic on Sunday.
"Arizona State did a great job, and I was expecting that, but I just thought there were times that I was open, even if I were to just pass the ball, but they weren't getting it in there," Larkins said. "When it comes to tournament time and ACC time, Tennessee, UConn, all those mistakes are really going to cost us."
DENVER (AP) - Abby Waner scored 16 points and No. 10 Duke used a 19-0 run in the second half to pull away from Denver for a 57-37 victory Sunday night.
Waner, from suburban Denver, had two three-pointers and kept constant pressure on Denver's guards as Duke turned a 29-25 deficit into a 44-29 lead. Joy Cheek added 11 points in the Blue Devils season opener and first game under coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Nnenna Akotaobi led Denver with nine points. The Pioneers shot 27 percent in the second half while falling to 0-11 against ranked teams.
Duke started slowly and played out of sync in the first half. The Blue Devils shot 36 percent with 10 turnovers in the first half and trailed 27-25 at intermission.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While it may not have been the crisp game the coaching staff was looking for, at the end of the day, the Florida State women's basketball team got the result it wanted. The Seminoles jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they beat North Florida, 75-48, on Sunday (November 11) at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
With the victory, Florida State improved to 2-0 on the year. It's FSU's ninth-straight home-opening win. North Florida dropped to 0-1 in its season opener.
"It was a good test in that I thought we were exposed in a lot of ways on things that we need to work on," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "We are getting to know one another, understanding who it is we're going to play in rotations and we were able to take a look at combinations."
RALEIGH, N.C. - A 23 point, 16-rebound performance by Khadijah Whittington keyed No. 25 NC State to a 74-29 opening-season victory over UNC Greensboro Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Whittington's 20th career "double-double" also included tying her best ever steals effort with six. She was 10-for-20 from the field and had eight offensive and defensive rebounds for NC State (1-0).
Red-shirt freshman Megan Zullo and sophomore Nikitta Gartrell paced the backcourt with 12 points apiece for the Wolfpack, who improved to 12-0 all-time over the Spartans, from the Southern Conference.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's basketball team opened its 2007-08 season in style on Sunday afternoon, racking up an impressive 103-64 victory over the High Point Panthers at Cassell Coliseum in front of 2,609 fans.
It was the 12th time that the Hokies (1-0) had ever gone over the 100-point plateau, and they were just two points shy of the Cassell Coliseum record of 105 points set against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 28th, 2004. It was the fifth-highest point total in the history of the program.
"I thought that was an excellent team effort," Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said after the game. "It was a great 40-minute effort and a great defensive effort."
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson sophomore Lele Hardy recorded her second straight double-double and Christy Brown scored a team-best 14 points, but the Lady Tigers fell to Western Carolina, 62-53, on Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson, who played its second straight game without injured senior D'Lesha Lloyd, fell to 1-1 on the year, while the Catamounts improved to 2-0.
The Lady Tigers will hope to have a healthy Lloyd for their next contest, as they will play their third game in six days with the Duquesne Dukes in town on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Hardy set a career high with 12 points in the effort to go along with her 10 points. She had totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds in Clemson's season opening victory over Maine on Friday. The Spartanburg, SC native also tallied three steals, two blocked shots and a team-best four assists.