Women's Basketball ACCtion: Friday, December 21
LOS ANGELES -- It took less than 10 minutes for No. 4 Duke to get untracked playing its first game in 12 days.
Coming off final exams and traveling cross-country, the undefeated Blue Devils went on to rout Cal State Bakersfield 97-63 in the Women of Troy Classic on Friday night.
Elizabeth Williams had 21 points and eight rebounds, Haley Peters added 16 points, and Tricia Liston had 14 for the Blue Devils (9-0), who had six players in double figures.
The victory was coach Joanne P. McCallie's 150th in 182 games at Duke, making her the third-fastest coach in Division I history to reach the mark.
THE FLATS - Freshman Aaliyah Whiteside scored a career-best 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting to lead the Georgia Tech women's team to a 52-44 victory over the Washington Huskies Friday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion. The win evens the Jackets' record at 5-5 while UW drops to 7-3 on the year.
It was the second straight game in which Whiteside equaled or bested her career scoring mark after she tossed in 14 points against Alcorn State Dec. 16.
Junior Tyaunna Marshall grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds while senior Danielle Hamilton-Carter pulled down 11 to help Tech win the battle of the boards, 63-37. In a game where neither side shot well, head coach MaChelle Joseph said the rebounding advantage was the difference.
"We've played such a tough schedule and then coming up against a team like Washington, who was 7-2 coming in, they battled very hard," Joseph said. "I knew their first five were really talented. They played extremely hard, we played extremely hard and just neither team could get shots to fall. It's always a tough game right before you leave for Christmas, but I was pleased with our rebounding.
Virginia Falls in Double Overtime at Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Virginia Cavaliers fell, 73-70, in double overtime at Alabama.
Sarah Imovbioh (So., Abuja, Nigeria) made a layup with 29 seconds left in the game to tie the contest and send it to overtime. The Crimson Tide, trailing 66-63 in the first overtime, banked in a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining to force the second overtime. The Cavaliers had a one-point lead, 70-69, with 15 seconds remaining, before Alabama made two trips to the free throw line to earn the 73-70 victory.
"We are really disappointed," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "This is the second time this has happened to us this year, the game being decided on the free throw line in the final seconds. First Syracuse and then here."
The game featured nine lead changes and ten tied scores. The two teams combined for 46 fouls and 54 turnovers with neither team shooting better than 36 percent from the field.