Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 24, 2014

Va. Tech women upset UNC

N.C. State defeats UVa


Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Vanessa Panousis tied a career-high with 24 points as Virginia Tech won for the first time in Chapel Hill, upsetting No. 11 North Carolina 50-47 on Sunday.

Virginia Tech led the second half until North Carolina used a 13-1 run to take a 43-37 lead with 6:55 remaining. The Hokies answered with an 8-0 run, capped by Panousis’ three points, to regain the lead at 46-43 with 1:56 to play.  

UNC’s Diamond DeShields was fouled on a 3-point attempt, yet made just two of three free throws to pull the Tar Heels within one. Panousis then made four straight free throws to give the Hokies a five-point lead with 6 seconds left.   

Virginia Tech (13-14, 3-11 ACC) won for the first time in 10 tries at UNC.  

Xylina McDaniel scored 13 points to lead cold-shooting North Carolina (21-7, 9-5), which shot 15 of 56 (26.8 percent) from the floor.

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No. 14 N.C. State 68, Virginia 66

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Markeisha Gatling scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kody Burke sank the game-winning 3-pointer, as N.C. State slipped past Virginia.

NC State (23-5, 10-4 ACC) led most of the game but fell behind midway through the second half during a 17-2 run by Virginia that made it 61-52 with 6 minutes to play. The Wolf Pack closed the gap in the final 2 minutes on a Miah Spencer 3-pointer that tied the game at 61, setting up a back and forth battle for the lead before Burke’s game-winner with 11 seconds left.

Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph scored 15 points apiece for Virginia (13-14, 6-8), which has lost four of its last five games.

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No. 10 Tennessee 56, Missouri 50

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Mercedes Russell grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 10 Tennessee edge Missouri.

Simmons’ steal and breakaway layup with 11:50 remaining capped a 22-5 run to give the Lady Vols (22-5, 11-3 SEC) a 43-27 lead, but Missouri clawed back to within 50-47 on Bri Kulas’ layup with 1:22 left.

Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison then converted two free throws with 34.7 seconds to go and two more with 11.4 seconds left to end Missouri’s chances. Kulas added a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Kulas finished with 22 points and Morgan Eye added 15 for the Tigers (16-11, 5-9).

Missouri only trailed by one point at halftime despite shooting 2 of 14 from 3-point range before the break.