ACC Women: Florida State drops first league game, Duke and VA Tech garner wins

Toliver’s Buzzer-Beater Sends Maryland Past Florida State, 72-71

Kristi Toliver’s 3-point shot as the buzzer sounded lifted No. 13 Maryland to a 72-71 win at Florida State on Monday, snapping the 15th-ranked Seminoles nine-game winning streak and handing them their first conference loss.

After streaking upcourt with the dribble, Toliver let the game-winner fly from the right of the circle and officials confirmed it beat the final horn.

Florida State freshman Cierra Bravard scored from underneath with 4.9 seconds left with an offensive rebound to give the Seminoles a 71-69 lead.

Toliver led the Terrapins (17-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference )with 17 points to go along with a game-high 7 assists. Tanae Davis-Cain scored 19 points for Florida State (18-5, 6-1 ACC) which led 69-65 with 1:08 left. Jacinta Monroe added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the Seminoles.

Duke Registers 69-58 Win Over Boston College

Duke wouldn’t let another late lead slip away again. Chante Black scored 15 points and fourth-ranked Duke held on to beat Boston College 69-58 on Monday night.

On Monday, the Eagles (17-3, 5-2) cut an 18-point deficit down to six on three occasions late in the second half.

This time the Blue Devils had a strong response, and jumped back into a tie for first place in the ACC thanks to Florida State’s 72-71 loss to Maryland also on Monday.

Carrem Gay scored 14 points and Joy Cheek had 10 for the Blue Devils, who rediscovered their usually stellar defense in the first half.

Mickel Picco scored 18 points and Carolyn Swords added 12 for the Eagles (17-5, 5-2), who had their four-game winning streak broken.

Drye carries Tech in 68-62 overtime defeat of USC Upstate

It took until overtime to do so, but the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team emerged with a 68-62 victory over USC Upstate on Monday night at Cassell Coliseum thanks to a career night from junior Utahya Drye.

The Durham, N.C., native went 12-of-19 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to record a personal best 30 points, and she also pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds, 11 of which were of the offensive variety. She contributed on the defensive end as well, swiping a collegiate-best seven steals. All three figures were single-game bests by any Hokie thus far on the season.

The game was the back end of a rare non-tournament back-to-back set of games for Tech, which lost to NC State on Sunday. In fact, it was the first time that Tech had played non-tournament back-to-back games since November of 1980.