Women's Basketball ACCtion: Thursday, January 27
Jan. 28, 2011
A team known for its high scoring offense, the Hurricanes had been anything but in their last two outings, averaging 65.5 points while shooting a combined 32 percent in a win over a Boston College and a loss at Florida State.
Thursday night, everything fell back into place for the 16th-ranked University of Miami women's team as the 'Canes re-found their scoring touch in an 84-77 win over visiting NC State at the BankUnited Center.
Riquna Williams added her to ACC-high scoring average with a game-high 27 points for the 'Canes, while Morgan Stroman and Shenise Johnson added 18 and 17 respectively in the seven-point win.
The victory improved Miami's mark at home this year to 16-0, while also extending its overall winning streak at the BUC to 20 straight games - the second-longest streak of success in program history.
The game started slow for the `Canes, as the action went back and forth for the better part of the first half. It wasn't until late in the initial period that Miami began to assert its dominance. Up just one with a little less than two minutes to play until the half, a three-pointer by Johnson, a fast-break bucket by Williams and then a lay-in in the waning moments by Stroman put the `Canes up 42-36 at the break.
It may have been snowing outside, but it was raining triples inside Conte Forum Thursday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. No. 15 Florida State and Boston College combined for 23 3-pointers in a shootout that saw the Seminoles push their conference road-record to 3-0 in a 102-93 victory.
FSU (17-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied a school record with 12 3-pointers to reach the seventh highest scoring output in school history. Senior point guard Courtney Ward was responsible for six of those long-distance shots. The Montgomery, Ala. native finished the evening with 20 points.
And she wasn't alone.
A season-high six players scored in double figures - including three in the 20s -- for a 'Noles team that shot 58 percent from the field and a season-high 77 percent from behind the 3-point line against the Eagles (15-4, 2-4).
Junior forward Cierra Bravard scored a team-high 21 points behind a career-best 15 free-throws (most of which occurred in the final minutes). Redshirt sophomore guard Alexa Deluzio added 20 points of her own.
Freshman forward Natasha Howard finished with 13 points while redshirt sophomore forward Chasity Clayton and sophomore forward Chelsea Davis had 11 apiece.
As would be expected of a ballgame featuring two sharp-shooting squads, the scoreboard was close until the very end.
Bravard made several clutch free throws in the final minutes and Deluzio drained a 3-pointer but FSU never built more than a seven-point lead in the waning moments.
Then Bravard was fouled on a turn-around jumper and made the resulting free-throw before Boston College answered with a 3-pointer on the opposite end.
Tyaunna Marshall scored 22 points to lead No. 25 Georgia Tech past Virginia Tech 78-57 on Thursday night.
Virginia Tech (9-11, 0-6 ACC), which has lost seven straight, kept the game close for the first 15 minutes and trailed 21-20 after Brittany Gordon's basket with 6:10 left in the first half. But behind eight points from Marshall, the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-2 run to open a 33-22 lead.
Georgia Tech (18-5, 6-1), which entered tied for second in the ACC standings behind Duke, put the game away early in the second half. After the Hokies cut the lead to 35-29 on a three-point play by Alyssa Fenyn, the Yellow Jackets went on a 24-5 run, taking a 59-34 lead on Marshall's 3-pointer with 12:36 remaining.
They led by as many as 32 in the game.
Marshall went 8 of 10 from the floor for Georgia Tech, making both 3-point attempts, and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Sasha Goodlett added 13 points and Metra Walthour had 11.
Virginia Tech, which hasn't reached 60 points in an ACC game this season, got a career-high 17 points from Fenyn. Gordon added a season-high 13 for the Hokies.