Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, November 18
Nov. 19, 2007
LSU coach Van Chancellor thinks Maryland can win it all.
It's hard to argue with the Hall of Fame coach after the third-ranked Terrapins beat his fourth-ranked Tigers, 75-62 to win the Preseason NIT championship Sunday.
Kristi Toliver scored 23 points and had seven assists to lead the Terps, who have beaten three Top 25 teams in the past eight days.
Laura Harper had 14 of her 16 points in the second half and Jade Perry added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (5-0), who were missing All-American center Crystal Langhorne for the third straight game. She has been sidelined with an ankle injury.
Gloria Brown and Khadijah Whittington each scored 10 points to lead No. 24 NC State to a 65-31 victory over Brown in Sunday's consolation game of the TD Banknorth Classic.
Whittington posted her fourth straight double-double with 10 rebounds to go with her 10 points. She now stands one point shy of becoming the 24th member of the 1,000 point club at NC State.
Shayla Fields added nine points, while Nikitta Gartrell and Sharnise Beal each tossed in eight points for the Wolfpack.
Sophomore guard Monica Wright poured in a career-high 27 points to lead four double-figure Cavalier scorers, and the University of Virginia women's basketball team topped Richmond, 80-59, Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Wright was a force on both ends of the floor, connecting on 10 field goals including a career-high three 3-pointers. In 32 minutes, she did not have a turnover and added five rebounds, two steals and a block.
Janie Mitchell scored 20 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 59-49 win over Temple University (1-2) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.
Mitchell, a senior from Jackson, Miss., also led the Yellow Jackets (3-0) with seven rebounds. Tech grabbed a total of 36 rebounds and held Temple, who was averaging 51.5 boards in its first two games, to only 34.
The Jackets were just 10-of-18 from the free-throw line but were able to keep the ball alive with 14 offensive rebounds. Freshman Alex Montgomery finished with four offensive boards including a big rebound and put-back with 14:30 remaining to give the Jackets a 36-30 lead to offset an initial Owl run.
Rashanda McCants had career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 7 North Carolina to a 97-72 victory over Syracuse in the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Sunday.
McCants, who led five players in double figures, scored 20 points by the half as North Carolina (5-0) ran up a 54-29 lead at the break. She finished the game 7-for-15 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and 9-for-13 at the line.
Erlana Larkins added 15 points and LaToya Pringle 11 for North Carolina. Heather Claytor and Jessica Breland each had 10.
Duke's twin towers had no problems against UNC Greensboro's tiny lineup.
Freshman Krystal Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds, fellow post player Chante Black added 17 points and the 10th-ranked Blue Devils beat UNC Greensboro 84-39 Sunday in Joanne P. McCallie's coaching debut at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Black, who is 6-foot-5, and the 6-4 Thomas faced little resistance from a Spartans team that had just one player who is nearly that big -- a major reason for the Blue Devils' 44-30 rebounding advantage.
The Blue Devils (3-0), set a school record with 28 steals, approached an arena record by forcing 38 turnovers and scored 44 points off those mistakes. They helped McCallie win her home opener, and Duke win its 18th straight game at Cameron and improve to 44-5 in November during the last eight seasons.
James Madison's Jennifer Brown scored 16 points and Tamera Young added 14 t lead the Dukes to a 64-53 win over Wake Forest Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.
Corinne Groves led Wake Forest with a season-high 22 points.
The game was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout the game. The lead changed hands early in the contest with Wake taking a 4-0 lead and JMU surging back to a 7-4 advantage. The Deacs enjoyed their last lead of the half at 8-7 after consecutive jump shots by Groves. JMU went ahead 9-8 on a layup by Jennifer Brown and built a six-point lead at 14-8. Wake closed the margin to one at 16-15 on a 3-pointer by Alex Tchangoue. JMU's lead at the break was four at 26-22.