Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 3, 2013

Women's basketball roundup: UVa beats Seminoles

Va. Tech, Marshall, Tennessee lose

Wire and staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 points and Simone Egwu had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Virginia ended a five-game losing streak by defeating No. 24 Florida State 72-60 on Sunday in the teams’ regular-season finale.

The Cavaliers (16-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a 22-point performance by Florida State’s Alexa Deluzio, whose six 3-pointers tied her career high.

Natasha Howard’s three-point play gave the Seminoles (21-8, 11-7) their final lead, 55-53 with 5:42 left, but the Cavaliers ran off the next seven points. Randolph’s 3-pointer put them ahead to stay, 58-55, at the 4:14 mark, and they pulled away with 10-for-10 free-throw shooting in the final 2 minutes.

Ataira Franklin scored 18 points for Virginia, which will be seeded sixth and play Thursday at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Miami 64, Va. Tech 46

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Alyssa Fenyn scored 14 points to lead the Hokies (10-19, 4-14 ACC) in their final regular-season game. She was among four seniors honored prior to tipoff.

Morgan Stroman led Miami (20-9, 11-7 ACC) with 20 points and added 15 rebounds.

Virginia Tech closed out the first half with a 10-3 run and led 23-19 at the break, but the Hurricanes had a 12-1 run to take a 43-32 advantage and held on for the win.

Virginia Tech hit 25.5 percent (14-of-55) from the field. The Hurricanes, who had a 48 to 34 rebounding edge, connected on 19-of-56 (33.9 percent) and were 22-of-26 in free throws while the Hokies were 15-of-23.

The two teams meet again at 11 a.m. Thursday in the first round of the ACC women’s basketball tournament.

UCF 75, Marshall 51

HUNTINGTON — Leandra King played her last home game and produced 11 points and 10 rebounds for Marshall (9-19, 3-12 C-USA). Orlandria Williams also had 11 points for the Herd, which took only two foul shots.

Marshall had 21 turnovers, 16 of them from steals. UCF earned 26 points off of turnovers, compared to the Herd’s nine.

The Herd took its only lead of the game to open the second half as Williams drained a three-pointer to go up 33-32. UCF responded with a 15-0 run.

No. 5 Duke 65, No. 15 North Carolina 58

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Alexis Jones scored a season-high 22 points and fifth-ranked Duke took its Atlantic Coast Conference-record 17th regular-season league victory.

The Blue Devils (27-2, 17-1) overcame a season-high 29 turnovers by forcing the hot-and-cold Tar Heels (26-5, 14-4) to miss 19 consecutive shots during a span of roughly 10 minutes in the second half and beat their archrivals for the sixth straight time.

No. 10 Kentucky 78, No. 8 Tennessee 65

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A’dia Mathies scored 13 second-half points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during Kentucky’s 19-6 run, to help the Wildcats pull away.

Mathies, the No. 2 career scorer at Kentucky (25-4, 13-3 SEC), finished with 16 points in her home finale.

Kentucky emerged from a 36-32 halftime lead with a big run set up by three steals and two rebounds by Samarie Walker to put the Wildcats up 55-38.

Meighan Simmons had 17 points and Cierra Burdick had 11 points and 11 rebounds for regular-season champion Tennessee (23-6, 14-2).