Women's Basketball ACCtion: Monday, November 19
Nov. 20, 2007
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell admitted she probably shouldn't be so glum after her No. 5 Tar Heels routed Georgia State
"You know, when you score 99 points, most people would be pleased," said Hatchell after the 99-64 win Monday night. "But I didn't like our intensity level, especially to start the game."
The poor start and inconsistent intensity had the Tar Heels (6-0) quiet after the win despite six Tar Heels scoring in double figures.
Rashanda McCants led all scorers with 18 points and career highs in assists (eight) and steals (six).
North Carolina opened the game sluggishly, turning the ball over twice and allowing Georgia State (1-3) to take a quick 6-0 lead.
But then the Tar Heels broke out a 20-0 run to firmly take control of the game.
The Virginia Tech women's basketball team passed its first real test of the year on Monday night at Cassell Coliseum, holding off an impressive Liberty squad by a score of 73-68 in the third game of the season for both schools.
With the score tied with just over two minutes to play, Tech's Brittany Cook (Narrows, Va.) was on a breakaway following a steal by Eleanor Brentnall (Melbourne, Australia), but Liberty's Allyson Fasnacht intentionally fouled Cook to prevent her from scoring. The move proved costly for the Flames, as the redshirt junior drained both free throws to put Tech up 66-64. The Hokies got the ball back following the charity tosses, and after a series of three offensive rebounds, Andrea Barbour (Charlottesville, Va.) converted a layup at 1:24 to push the lead to four.
Megan Frazee answered for Liberty with a bucket at 1:08, but Brentall countered with a sweeping, left-handed scoop off the glass to reclaim Tech's four-point bulge with 41 ticks on the clock. Liberty's Courtney Watkins was able to put back an offensive rebound to make it 70-68 with 24 seconds left, but that was all she wrote for the Flames, as Tech closed out the game with three free throws - two by Utahya Drye (Durham, N.C.) and one by Cook.
Michigan's Ta'Shia Walker scored a game-high 17 points to lead four Wolverines (3-0) in double figures and the Wolverines shot 52.6 percent from three-point range to defeat the University of Miami, 65-50, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the BankUnited Center Monday night. Senior guard Albrey Grimsley scored 14 points for the Hurricanes, who fell to 1-2.
Maurita Reid chipped in 11 points for UM. Miami out-rebounded its third straight opponent, holding a 36-34 advantage on the boards over the Wolverines. Carla Williams had a team-high nine rebounds. Michigan's Jessica Minnfield posted 14 points, while Janelle Cooper added 13 points. Carly Benson had 10 points for Michigan.
Michigan finished shooting 53.5 percent from the field and made 10-of-19 three-pointers. UM forced 20 turnovers, but the Hurricanes shot just 31.8 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from three-point range.