Women's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, November 27
Nov. 27, 2007
Though the Virginia Tech women's basketball team committed a season-high 26 turnovers in a sluggish effort on Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum, it managed to pull out a 75-60 win over a pesky Wofford team to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The night started slow for both teams with turnovers and missed shots abound, and Wofford (2-2) forced the Hokies to burn a pair of timeouts in the first eight minutes as the Terriers built a 14-8 lead. Tech didn't get things turned around until after the second media timeout, however, when it embarked on a 9-0 run to claim a 17-14 lead at the 8:57 mark off of an Andrea Barbour (Charlottesville, Va.) fast-break layup.
The teams traded points for a few minutes and the score was tied at 23 at the 3:23 mark, which was when Brittany Cook (Narrows, Va.) went on a personal nine-point run, hitting three layups and three free throws to break the Hokies out of a slump that saw them shooting 30 percent until that point. Two Amber Hall (Tallahassee, Fla.) free throws and a Kelsi Koenig jumper for Wofford (2-2) were wedged in to set the halftime tally at 34-25 in the Hokies' favor.
The Boston College women's basketball team went on a 14-2 run in the first half and never looked back as the Eagles defeated New Hampshire, 77-52, in a non-conference game at Conte Forum. The Eagles improved to 3-2 on the season, while New Hampshire is now 2-3.
Boston College freshman Stefanie Murphy led the Eagles with 26 points and 11 rebounds, her third consecutive double-double. Eagles freshman center Carolyn Swords added 12 points and six rebounds while junior Brittany Johnson had 10 points and sophomore Mickel Picco added 11 points.
The Eagles fell behind 10-6 to start the game but then went on the 14-2 run sparked by 11 points by Murphy. The Eagles finished the half shooting 51 percent and had 15 assists on 17 field goals. Murphy finished the half with 14 points, while Ayla Brown had six points and eight rebounds.
Coming off a two-game swing to the West Coast, No. 3 Maryland toyed with Pittsburgh for a half. Then jet lag caught up to the weary Terrapins.
Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Laura Harper scored 21 to eclipse the 1,000-point mark, and Maryland held on for a 90-77 victory Tuesday night.
Kristi Toliver scored 20 for the Terrapins (9-0) and Marissa Coleman added 16. Coming off a holiday weekend in which it played UC Santa Barbara and UCLA in a three-day span, Maryland tired as the game wore on.
The Terrapins led by 16 at halftime, then let the margin dwindle to 8 and won despite being outscored in the second half.
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell was so mad after winless College of Charleston jumped out to an early lead on her undefeated Tar Heels, she called a timeout just so she could fume.
Fourth-ranked North Carolina promptly scored 12 straight points and never looked back in a 102-58 win Tuesday night.
Cetera DeGraffenreid finished with a game-high 19 points to lead four Tar Heels in double figures. Iman McFarland came off the bench to get 17 points and 13 rebounds. LaToya Pringle added 18 points and Rebecca had 12.
Breland had 10 rebounds to go with eight points and helped North Carolina dominate the boards 61-43.