Women's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, December 29
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Four players scored in double figures and two notched double-doubles to help No. 9 Maryland cruise to a 72-40 victory over Hartford on Saturday in the championship game of the Terrapin Classic.
Alyssa Thomas led with 22 points, 11 rebounds, Tianna Hawkins scored 16 points, and Alicia DeVaughn added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (10-2), which has won six straight games. Tierney Pfirman scored 11. The Terrapins improved to 96-5 in non-conference games at Comcast Center.
Once Maryland's offense got in gear, Hartford had trouble keeping pace. "When we're in that kind of flow, we don't even worry about making mistakes or turning the ball over," Thomas said. "We're just going out there and having fun and playing for each other."
Terrapins coach Brenda Frese got an impressive effort she hopes will be a springboard into a tough Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. Maryland played its last non-conference game before the first of 17 straight ACC games beginning Jan. 3 at North Carolina.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami women's basketball team proved to be too much for a Big Ten team for the second time this season, dominating Wisconsin 67-44 for the UM Holiday Tournament championship.
For the second straight night, Stefanie Yderstrom would lead all scorers with 18 points, hitting a season-best five three pointers. For her performance, the senior All-ACC guard was named the tournament's most valuable performer.
Joining Yderstrom on the all-tournament team was freshman Keyona Hayes and fellow senior Shawnice Wilson. Wilson was the only player to record double-digit rebounds on Friday night, pulling down 12. It was the fifth time this season the Pittsburg native had 11 or more boards.
A night after recording her team-leading third double-double of the season, Hayes scored six points and snagged nine caroms.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia women's basketball team won the team title at the Cavalier Classic presented by Holiday Inn University Area with a 54-45 victory over Xavier. The Cavaliers' Telia McCall (Sr., Marietta, Ga.) was named the MVP of the Tournament.
Virginia held a 14-point lead with over six minutes remaining in the first half, but a four minute drought without a field goal at the end of the first half and four additional minutes without a bucket to start the second half allowed Xavier to get back into the game. The Musketeers came within a point, 28-27, early in the second half, but never led in the contest.
Virginia began the game playing an aggressive, trapping defense, forcing 10 first-half Musketeer turnovers and holding Xavier to making just four of its first 24 shot attempts.
The Cavaliers' defense fueled the offense, including a steal by Sarah Imovbioh (So., Abuja, Nigeria) that lead to a three-pointer by Kelsey Wolfe (Jr., Germantown, Md.) to give Virginia an early 13-4 lead. A three-pointer from the top of the arc from McCall pushed the lead to double digits, 19-7, with 8:29 left in the half. The Cavaliers' third three-pointer of the period, a rainbow arching shot from China Crosby (Sr., New York, N.Y.) extended the lead out to 14, 24-10, with 6:30 remaining before the break.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest sophomore Dearica Hamby scored a career-high 25 points and tied a career with 13 rebounds to lead the Demon Deacons to an 84-68 victory over Campbell Saturday afternoon.
The Deacs remain perfect at home and are now 6-6 overall on the season. The loss snaps a five-game win-streak for the Camels and drops them to 9-3 on the year.
Hamby's double-double is the second of her career. She topped her previous career-high for points which was 24 earlier this season at Illinois. The Marietta, Ga., native also tied her career-high with three blocks and had five steals.
Senior Lakevia Boykin scored 19 points and dished-out five assists. She has scored in double-figures and has made three three-pointers in each of the last four games. Fellow senior Asia Williams and junior Chelsea Douglas were the other two Demon Deacons to score in double-figures as Williams finished with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists and Douglas had 13 points, six assists and a career-high seven steals.
MIAMI - Junior Dawnn Maye's 24 points led four Georgia Tech players in double digits as the Yellow Jackets (6-5) defeated Quinnipiac (8-2), 74-57, Saturday night in their first game of the FIU Sun & Fun Classic at US Century Bank Arena in Miami, Fla.
Georgia Tech will face FIU in the championship game of the Sun & Fun Classic Sunday night at 6 p.m. ET. Tech is 2-0 all-time against FIU, including a 68-57 win in the 2009 Sun & Fun Classic title game. The Panthers beat Northeastern 66-56 to advance to the title game.
Along with Maye, freshman Aaliyah Whiteside, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Week, tossed in 17 points. Junior Tyaunna Marshall scored 13 points and tied her career-high of 14 rebounds, which she set in Tech's last game, for her eighth career double-double and third of the season. Sophomore Sydney Wallace scored 11 points, all in the second half, on 4-of-7 shooting.
"That is a really good team we played tonight, they were 8-1 coming in and have beat some good teams," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We know they are an NCAA Tournament team and knowing this was a must-win game for us. We've played some really good teams, but that was a really good basketball team we played. I'm really proud of my kids, the way they showed up. I thought Sydney Wallace was huge off the bench, coming in hitting those threes.