Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 9
Dec. 9, 2012
NEW YORK - It's tough to tell that Duke star Elizabeth Williams hasn't been practicing much this season.
Williams, who is still recovering from a stress fracture in her left leg that has bothered her for the last eight months, had 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 4 Duke to a 60-42 victory over St. John's on Sunday in the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Classic.
"She's doing OK," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "It's hard for her and we're not out of the woods yet. We take it day by day with her. She's learning how to play with less practice time. She's not practicing and doing half of what the other kids are. It's going to take some time."
The reigning ACC rookie and defensive player of the year is still trying to work her way back. She doesn't practice every day and even then takes drills off.
Haley Peters added 11 points for the Blue Devils (8-0), who are off for the next week for exams.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Five Wolfpack players reached double-figure scoring, led by sophomore guard Krystal Barrett's team-high 14 points, as the NC State women's basketball team snapped a three-game skid to defeat Elon, 88-73, Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Barrett shot 5-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, while junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 13 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor and a 3-of-4 ratio from three-point range to pace the Pack.
The Wolfpack opened the afternoon with a 26-4 in the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Phoenix countered with a 30-16 run the remainder of the period, cutting the NC State advantage to just eight heading into the half. The Pack shot 17-of-33 (.515) from the field, while Elon was 13-of-27 (.481) in the first half.
Boston College Falls To Arizona State, 68-59
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Katie Zenevitch tallied 20 points but it was not enough as Boston College fell to Arizona State, 68-59, in front of 712 fans at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles drop to 5-4, while Arizona State improved to 5-4.
"I thought we were able to generate some really easy baskets early in the first half, but Arizona State was making big baskets and able to make some key three's,'' said Erik Johnson. "Give ASU credit. (Coach) Charli Turner Thorne ... that is her system. That is how they play, that is how they practice. Their pressure is relentless. They believe that it will get to you down the stretch. That is what happened.''
Zenevitch shot 9-for-11 from the floor and had six rebounds on her way to 20 points, while senior guard Kerri Shields went 4-for-8 from the floor, 3-for5 from long range and finished with 11 points and three assists. Junior Shayra Brown had six points and six boards off the bench.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson whittled a 12-point second half deficit to four, but ran out of gas late as they fell to South Carolina State (6-2), 67-55, on Sunday in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Lady Tigers (1-7) will have a week off for exams before returning to play next Sunday at 2:00 pm against Radford.
"Any time we got stops, that ignited our fast break," said head coach Itoro Coleman, who had just seven players at her disposal due to various illnesses and personal reasons. "We were able to get some easy baskets that way. We also got stops in the half court but gave up a rebound, and that's how South Carolina State was able to score."
Jonquel Jones had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Clemson, while Nyilah Jamison-Myers scored 16 points (8-12 FG) and had six rebounds and four blocks against her hometown team in her first career start.