Women's Basketball ACCtion: Tuesday, December 21
Dec. 22, 2010
The Hurricanes were looking for an impressive road victory coming into Tuesday's game at Ole Miss and that's what they got in a dominant 82-46 win at the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.
Miami's pressure defense - like it has been all season - was too much for its opponent to handle. The Rebels turned the ball over 29 times, which the `Canes turned into 33 points. Every Miami opponent this season has turned the ball over at least 20 times.
Junior Riquna Williams led all scorers with season-high tying 28 points - many coming on the fast break as she simply outran the Ole Miss defense down the court.
Shenise Johnson, who extended her double-figure scoring streak to 49 straight games, added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
Jasmine Thomas made the second of two free throws with 21/2 seconds to play, then flew down the court to block a breakaway layup at the buzzer and preserve No. 3 Duke’s 46-45 win over No. 4 Xavier on Tuesday night.
Thomas led the Blue Devils (12-0) with 16 points, while Krystal Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Xavier (10-1) came up just short despite 22 points and 15 rebounds from Amber Harris. Ta’Shia Phillips had 19 rebounds and eight points.
Duke won despite being outshot 38 percent to 27 and being outrebounded 51-37.
Jasmine Thomas made layup with 2:11 to play and Karima Christmas cut Xavier’s margin to 45-44 on a layup with 1:22 left. Krystal Thomas tied it by hitting the first of two free throws with 31 seconds left.
Double-doubles by Bonae Holston and Brittany Strachan led NC State to a 92-72 win over Long Beach State in the final game of the Beach Classic at Walter Pyramid.
NC State moved above .500 with its third-straight victory, and now stands at 7-6 with one non-league game left.
Holston notched her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Strachan posted her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
The balanced scoring continued for the Wolfpack as six different players reached double-figure point totals - Marissa Kastanek (13), Devin Griffin (career-high 12), Amber White (11) and Kody Burke (10) - the first time it happened since 2006 against Miami.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets began their two-game tour of the Pacific Northwest with a 69-53 win over the Portland State Vikings in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday night.
Leading the way for the Jackets was senior Alex Montgomery who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, despite playing only 22 minutes. Junior center Sasha Goodlett added 13 points and was 6-of-7 from the field.
Tech finished the contest shooting 51.0 percent for the game, but mustered only 38.1 from the field in second half.
Both sides opened the contest a little sluggish, and Tyaunna Marshall tossed in the first bucket of the game when she converted a layup at the 18:19 mark of the first half. The Tech defense held the Vikings without a field goal for the first 5:12 of the game.
The No. 20 Florida State women's basketball team fell to No. 1 Connecticut, 93-62, Tuesday night at the XL Center in downtown Hartford, Conn.
The outcome marked the Huskies' (11-0) college basketball record-setting 89th consecutive victory. After falling to Yale on Saturday, the Seminoles' (9-3) defeat occurred a full two years to the day of the team's last two-game regular-season losing streak.
In front of a capacity crowd of 16,294, junior forward Cierra Bravard paced the 'Noles with 19 points. Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio added 16 for FSU.
Down 54-27 at halftime, the Seminoles never gave up were outscored by just four in the second period despite the growing excitement of a home crowd watching its team approach an improbable milestone.