Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, December 21
Dec. 21, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Wake Forest women's basketball team took down its second Southeastern Conference opponent on Sunday afternoon, defeating Mississippi 77-58 at UCF Arena. At the start of December Wake Forest also defeated South Carolina with a decisive 74-57 victory.
Orlando native Brittany Waters set a career-high point total for the second consecutive contest, leading the game with 24 points. Waters also led the field on the boards with 10 rebounds, marking her second double-double of 2008-09. WFU senior Alex Tchangoue added 15 points for the Deacons and freshman Secily Ray netted 13.
The win sets Wake Forest at 10-0 for the year, tying the program record for longest winning streak. The mark was last hit under former head coach Joe Sanchez in the 1987-88 season. That same season the Deacs made their only NCAA Tournament appearance to date.
CORAL GABLES - The University of Miami women's basketball team (8-3) didn't have its best game of the season, but relied on their talent in an 83-65 win over Grambling State (2-7), Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.
Lamese James came off the bench, scoring a team-high 17 points. The senior also grabbed six rebounds and had her hand in on two steals. Joining James with double-digit point totals were freshmen Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams, who had 11 apiece.
The Hurricanes were outrebounded and were under 50 percent shooting from the free throw line but their bench outscored the visitors 47-17.
Miami used a big 18-4 run over a seven-minute span in the first half to open up a 30-16 lead. However, Grambling State went on an 18-9 run of its own to close out the opening period, trailing only 39-34.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – No. 15 Virginia held off Mount St. Mary’s and earned a 65-55 victory on Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena. Monica Wright led all scorers with 27 points and Lyndra Littles posted her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers.
Wright, who has scored at least 20 points in six-straight contests, was a force, connecting on 11 field goals while adding three steals. Littles, back after sitting out fall semester games for academic reasons, put together the 29th double-double of her career in her second game of action in 2008-09.
The Cavaliers remained undefeated at John Paul Jones Arena this year (5-0), won their fourth-straight matchup and improved to 6-0 all-time against the Mountaineers.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Demauria Liles scored 20 points and No. 15 Maryland held Old Dominion without a field goal for the final four minutes in a 74-65 victory Sunday.
Shadasia Green's layup gave the Lady Monarchs (5-4) a 63-62 lead with 3:56 to play. But Old Dominion, which led by as many as eight points in the first half, made just two free throws the rest of the way.
Kristi Toliver, the ACC preseason player of the year, had 19 points, and Marissa Coleman had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Terps (9-2).
CANCUN, Mexico - Everybody associated with the Florida State women's basketball team knew Sunday's culmination to the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico would be a daunting task.
The Seminoles' opponent, after all, was the country's best team in No. 1 UConn. And in the end, FSU (9-4) got just what it expected from the undefeated Huskies (10-0) and fell to UConn by a score of 83-71.
But credit the Seminoles with never giving up and never looking back two days after being upset by Washington in the team's second game in the Caribbean. The Huskies led by as many as 22 points but were never able to run away from the Seminoles in the contest.
Jamaica, NY - The Boston College women's basketball team lost to St. John's, 72-63, in the championship game of the St. John's-Chartwell Holiday Tournament on the campus of St. John's University.
The Eagles (8-3) were led by junior Mickel Picco with 19 points, while sophomore Carolyn Swords added 16 points and sophomore Stefanie Murphy added nine points. BC sophomore Veronica Wilson added seven points off the bench. St. John's had four players in double-figures but was led by Monique McLean with 23 points.
Boston College fell victim to turnovers (20 total) and getting out-rebounded 39-32. St. John's had 15 offensive boards, while BC finished with only eight.