ACC Women’s hoops: Duke reaches the Summitt in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points and No. 7 Duke beat No. 13 Tennessee 62-54, the Blue Devils’ third straight win in Knoxville.

Duke (21-3) joins only Texas and Louisiana Tech as teams that have won three straight games on the Lady Volunteers’ home court. The Blue Devils also won in 2004 and 2007.

The Longhorns did it between 1983 and 1988, and the Lady Techsters managed the feat between 1981 and 1986.

Duke led 28-26 at halftime, but Tennessee’s Alicia Manning hit 3-pointer and Alex Fuller sank a jumper to tie the game at 28.

The Blue Devils responded with a 16-0 run through an 8-minute drought by the Lady Vols (18-7). Free throws by Bridgette Mitchell with 8:51 left gave Duke a 44-28 lead — its largest of the game.

Boston College Women’s Basketball Pounds Miami, 71-64

Coral Gables, Fla. – Boston College pounded the ball inside and dominated the boards on the way to a key conference victory over Miami, 71-64, Monday night at the BankUnited Center. The Eagles improved to 18-7 overall and 6-4 in the ACC, while Miami dropped to 13-12 and 2-8 in the conference.

Sophomore Carolyn Swords notched her ninth double-double of the season with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, while sophomore Stefanie Murphy also picked up a double-double (fourth of the season) with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Senior Corey Rusin added offensive punch off the bench as the guard had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Junior Ayla Brown added seven points and seven rebounds. BC finished the game with 48 rebounds to Miami’s 28.

In the first half Boston College was led by Swords with 12 points, while Rusin added eight. The Eagles held the lead throughout most of the half until the final 23 seconds. Rusin hit her second three-pointer at 1:04 in the half to give BC a five point lead. Miami’s Lamese James was left alone at the top of the three-point arc and matched Rusin’s shot. Miami then stole the inbounds and tied the game on a layup by Johnson to tie the game at 32-32 at the half. The Eagles were hurt by turnovers in the half as they gave the ball away 12 times.

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