Wake women/Florida State women get big road wins on Sunday

Posted by Andy Durham on February 9, 2009 at 10:22 am under College | Comments are off for this article

Groves Nets 32 as Wake Forest Fights Out 71-66 Win at Clemson

Wake Forest senior Corinne Groves helped push Wake Forest to a 71-66 victory with a career-high 32 points, improving the Demon Deacon record to 17-5 and 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson is now 13-12, 2-8.

Clemson standout Lele Hardy led the Tigers with 20 points and eight rebounds. Alex Tchangoue and Secily Ray had the high rebound marks for Wake Forest with eight a piece.

Corinne Groves lit up Littlejohn Coliseum, tying her career high mark of 24 points with 11:20 to play in regulation. She picked up the Fox Sports Player of the Game honor for spectacular offensive efforts.

No. 15 Virginia Defeats Virginia Tech, 69-61

The 15th-ranked Virginia women’s basketball team defeated in-state and ACC foe Virginia Tech, 69-61, Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena. Lyndra Littles was the Cavaliers’ high scorer with 23 points, while Monica Wright added 22 points and six steals and Aisha Mohammed just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Virginia Tech (11-13, 1-8 ACC) jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Virginia got on the scoreboard with a jumper from Littles with 17:52 left.

The Hokies extended their lead to as many as 15 points, but Virginia chipped away and tied the score, 25-25, with 5:05 left in the half on a basket and foul shot by Wright. Wright’s old-fashioned 3-point play capped off a 17-2 run by Virginia that ignited the Cavalier offense.

Yellow Jackets Sting NC State, 67-54

On Sunday, in almost every sense, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team was in the pink. Especially Sasha Goodlett. The 6-foot-5 freshman center had her best game as a Yellow Jacket, leading all scorers with 20 points and leading Tech to a 67-54 victory over North Carolina State (9-14, 1-7 ACC).

As part of the WBCA Pink Zone initiative, Tech wore pink uniforms to honor the late Kay Yow and support the fight against breast cancer. The long-time N.C. State coach and Basketball Hall of Famer died Jan. 24 after a long battle against the disease. On Sunday, Tech raised $4,031.50 for the WBCA/Kay Yow Cancer Fund. That included $2,000 for the ACC’s Chow 4 Yow; $1,730 in donations and purchases of pink hats, visors and ribbons; and $301.50 in pledges per Tech point in the “Score 4 the Cure”.

For the second consecutive game, Goodlett had a career high. The freshman from Bolton, Miss., scored 12 of her 20 points in the second half. Dominating inside, she shot 9-for-14 from the floor, hit double-figures for the fourth straight game and narrowly missed her first double-double. Four of Goodlett’s 8 rebounds were on the offensive glass, part of Tech’s 47-33 rebounding advantage.

Florida State Stays Undefeated on the Road with 75-59 Victory at Miami

The No. 15/19 Florida State women’s basketball team defeated in-state rival Miami, 75-59, Sunday afternoon at the Bank United Center in Coral Cables, Fla. to stay undefeated in road games this season.

The Seminoles are now 20-5 overall, 8-1 in the conference, and a perfect 8-0 in opponents’ gyms while the Hurricanes fell to 12-11 overall and just 1-7 in league play. FSU has now won seven-straight over Miami and 12 of the last 13. The 20 wins overall and eight in the ACC is the fastest the team has achieved that many wins in program history.

Sunday’s outcome also means that Seminoles coach Sue Semrau now boasts a 199-157 career record. FSU’s 12th-year head coach will have the opportunity to achieve victory No. 200 at home in a battle of top-15 teams as the No. 8/9 North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Tallahassee for an ACC showdown on Friday.

Against the Hurricanes, senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain led all Seminole players with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting while sophomore guard Courtney Ward accrued five assists to go with 11 points.

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