Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia come away with victories.
Waner Leads Duke Past Virginia Tech, 62-46
Abby Waner scored 15 points and No. 7 Duke beat Virginia Tech 62-46 on Thursday night.
Carrem Gay added 12 points for the Blue Devils (22-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who improved to 13-0 at home this season. Chante Black scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Duke, which led 33-18 at halftime en route to its 11th consecutive victory over the Hokies.
The Blue Devils blew open the game with a 16-0 run beginning midway through the first half, scoring 14 off steals. Virginia Tech, which took a 15-13 lead on a jumper by Lindsay Biggs with 10:23 remaining in the half, went the next 6:50 without a point.
Brittany Gordon scored 12 points to lead the Hokies (11-16, 1-11), who shot 33.4 percent from the floor and committed 21 turnovers.
No. 9 Maryland Wins Sixth Straight, 87-79
Marissa Coleman scored 23 points and Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds to help No. 9 Maryland win its sixth straight game in an 87-79 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
Coleman finished with eight rebounds, seven assists and made all 11 of her free throws for the Terrapins (22-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won nine of 10.
Georgia Tech (18-8, 5-6) has dropped two straight after winning four of five. The Yellow Jackets were coming off a 23-point loss Sunday at North Carolina.
With Maryland leading 82-67, Kristi Toliver left the game with apparent pain in her abdomen, but the ACC’s third-leading scorer returned for the final 2:45 after Georgia Tech closed the score to 84-71. She finished with 11 points, 6.6 under her average, after going just 1-for-7 on 3-point attempts.
Tar Heels Cruise Past Boston College, 92-68
Rashanda McCants had 19 points and eight rebounds, Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 18 points and No. 10 North Carolina beat Boston College 92-68 Thursday night.
Italee Lucas scored 16 points and Jessica Breland added 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tar Heels (23-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) snap a three-game conference road losing streak and win for the sixth time in its last seven games overall.
Stefanie Murphy scored 19 points to lead the Eagles (18-8, 6-5).
Lucas scored 10 points during North Carolina’s 21-5 run bridging halftime that reversed an early 12-point deficit.
No. 11/12 Seminoles Extend Road Game Win Streak to Nine
Jacinta Monroe had a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 11 Florida State to a 75-58 win over Clemson on Thursday night.
The Seminoles (22-5, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) remain a game up on Maryland and Duke for first place in the conference with three games to go. Florida State has never won a league title.
Monroe was coming off her worst game of the year as a sore shoulder limited her to just five points in 23 minutes against North Carolina. Against the Lady Tigers, the junior made nine of her 12 shots from the field and 6-of-11 free throws in 26 minutes.
Tanae Davis-Cain scored 13 points and Alysha Harvin added 10 points and eight rebounds for Florida State.
No. 21 Virginia Defeats Miami in Overtime, 84-75
Lyndra Littles hit a game-tying heave in regulation and finished with 27 points as Virginia (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) beat Miami 84-75 in overtime Thursday night.
Monica Wright added 21 points and Aisha Mohammed had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers (20-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who barely ended a two-game losing streak.
Miami (13-13, 2-9) led most of the way in search of its first victory against a ranked team in more than three years, but saw Littles tie it with a no-look heave from the foul line that banked in with 3.8 seconds left in regulation, and Virginia took charge in overtime.
Freshman Shenise Johnson led the Hurricanes with 25 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left in regulation that made Littles’ improbable tying bank shot necessary.