Big Ten/ACC Challenge Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, November 30
Dec. 1, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Crystal Langhorne scored 17 points, Marissa Coleman added 14 and No. 3 Maryland beat 19th-ranked Ohio State 77-53 Friday night in the women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Laura Harper had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Kristi Toliver recorded 11 assists to help the Terrapins (10-0) became the first team in the country to reach double figures in victories. Four of those wins have come against ranked opponents.
Langhorne, a senior center, grabbed six rebounds to reach 966 for her career, two short of the school record held by Vicky Bullett. Langhorne has 44 points in three starts since returning from a sprained ankle that forced her to miss six of Maryland's first seven games.
Jantel Lavender had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Ohio State (5-2). The Buckeyes went 21-for-71 from the floor (30 percent) and missed 15 of their 21 shots from 3-point range.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Growing up just 20 miles away in Nashville, Ind., Mara Freshour always had dreams of playing in Assembly Hall. She just thought she'd be wearing Crimson and Cream instead of Garnet and Gold. The junior scored a game-high 21 points and broke the school free throw percentage record as No. 21 Florida State beat Indiana, 85-78, in the Inaugural Women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Friday (Nov. 30).
The Seminoles won their fourth game in a row to improve to 6-1 overall. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 4-3 on the year.
"I thought I'd be alright after tip-off, but it took me a couple of minutes to calm down," Freshour said. "Those first two free throws that I missed, I had to shake that nervousness, butterflies out of the way and once we got going it definitely helped. Like coach said this is a tough place to play so to add the family and everything on top of that it was pretty tough, but I'm glad our team stuck it out, fought hard, were able to come back and win the game."
BLACKSBURG, Va. - In a back-and-forth affair that saw 14 lead changes and 12 ties, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team eventually got the best of the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday night and won by a score of 68-62 in Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies (6-1) withstood a career-high 30-point performance by Minnesota's Emily Fox by hitting some clutch free throws and out-rebounding, 36-33, a team that held a +8.5 margin over its opponents in that category coming into the contest. The Golden Gophers, which received votes in the latest top 25 polls, fell to 7-2 on the season.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Monica Wright matched a career-high with 27 points and Virginia topped Wisconsin, 84-60, in the inaugural women's ACC/Big Ten Challenge Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena. Wright led three Cavaliers in double figures, including Lyndra Littles who netted her 1,000th-career point en route to a 17-point performance.
Littles, who tallied her second double-double of the season with 12 rebounds in addition to her 17 points, nailed a jumper in the lane with 18:26 left in the second half to become the 25th player in Cavalier history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Aisha Mohammed was also impressive for the Cavs, notching her second career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes.