Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 5, 2014

Virginia women ground Eagles in ACC tourney

Clemson ends Va. Tech's season


Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ataira Franklin scored 23 points and Virginia beat Boston College 74-59 on Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Sarah Imovbioh added 14 points for the 10th-seeded Cavaliers (13-16) — who have never been seeded this low at the league tournament.

They shot 43 percent and scored 16 points off BC’s 17 turnovers to snap a four-game slide and advance to the second round, where they will face seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Thursday.

Lexie Gerson finished with 10 points for Virginia, which held a 37-24 rebounding advantage.

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Clemson 69, Virginia Tech 56

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Nikki Dixon scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds as thirteenth-seeded Clemson beat No. 12 seed Virginia Tech 69-56 Wednesday in the first game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

It was Clemson’s first conference tournament win since 2009..

Nyliah Jamison-Myers scored a career-best 19 points for Clemson (13-18).

Senior Uju Ugoka had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Tech (14-16). It was her 16th double-double of the year.

Ugoka was chosen earlier in the week as an All-ACC second team performer.

Virginia Tech got within 55-46 with 6:46 left, but Dixon scored four consecutive points to put the Tigers up by double-digits for good.

Clemson plays No. 5 Syracuse on Thursday.