Monday, December 13, 2010

The ACC Review


Riquna Williams, Miami

Why "Bay-Bay": The ACC's leading scorer (20.5 ppg), Williams dropped a game-high 23 points on then-11th-ranked Georgetown in an 81-72 overtime victory. She also scored a game-high 18 points in the Hurricanes' 94-32 rout of Alcorn State.


Chelsea Gray, Duke

Why Chelsea: In her first three career starts, Gray averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals as Duke defeated then-No. 7 Texas A&M, previously unbeaten Oklahoma State and Albany. The freshman from Stockton, Calif. hit 52.4 percent of her field goals and 71.4 percent of her 3-pointers.


Busy day today and 1st day of exams. Feel for our players...probably staying up all night and eating m&m's. At least that's what we did=) - Virginia coach Debbie Ryan

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Clemson coach Itoro Coleman

You gotta love when your players show this kind of passion for the game.... - Boston College assistant coach Geoff Lanier


Cierra Bravard and three of her Florida State teammates offer up some compelling thoughts and memories from their recent trip to the Bahamas.


   - Boston College leads Division I in scoring offense (90.5) and field-goal percentage (51.4) and ranks second in assists (21.0).

   - North Carolina tops D-I in blocks per page (7.7) and turnover margin (10.5).

   - BC's Carolyn Swords continues to lead the nation in field-goal percentage (76.7).

   - North Carolina's Cetera DeGraffenreid is tops in D-I in assist-turnover ratio (6.89).

   - Duke (11-0), Boston College (10-0) and North Carolina (10-0) are three of the nation's 10 unbeaten Division I teams.


No eye-popping matchups during a relatively light week as many players will be hunkering down over exams. Still, it could be a significant bounce-back week for several ACC teams in need of a jump-start. So over the next few days our focus will be on:

Tuesday - Wake Forest at South Florida - The Deacs have lost 3 of 4 and will be playing for the first time since Dec. 4.

Wednesday - Clemson at UAB - The Tigers will look to rebound from Sunday's 10-point loss at (Fred) Samford.

Thursday - Presbyterian at N.C. State - Injury-riddled Wolfpack have dropped 6 of their last 8.

Saturday - Virginia Tech at William and Mary - A road win would sure feel good after Saturday's humbling home setback to Robert Morris.


1. Duke (11-0) - Jasmine Thomas' big shot delivered a signature victory against Texas A&M. Pretty cool to see the Blue Devils deploy - and succeed with - five freshmen on the floor at once against Albany.

2. North Carolina (10-0) - The Tar Heels' unquestioned off-court leader, Jessica Breland led by on-court example Sunday, pouring in 24 points to boost the Tar Heels past stubborn UNLV.

3. Boston College (10-0) - The Eagles' 84-75 victory over Rutgers marked the first time BC had failed to score at least 90 points since Nov. 27. Then again, 84 points against the defense-first Scarlet Knights is like 104 points against just about anyone else.

4. Florida State (8-1) - If Sunday's clean, efficient 87-39 rout of Jacksonville State is any indication of how the Seminoles did on the exams that preceded it, FSU must have a whole bunch of 'A' students.

5. Miami (9-1) - The Hurricanes' 81-72 overtime victory over Georgetown was everything we expected - close, entertaining and a showcase for some of the nation's best scorers.

6. Maryland (9-1) - Who says it's not the size that counts? Maryland's starting lineup for Sunday's game against UMBC included 6-3 Tianna Hawkins, 6-3 Diandra Tchatchouang, 6-4 Lynetta Kizer and 6-2 Alyssa Thomas.

7. Georgia Tech (7-4) - No games last week for the Yellow Jackets. But they did come up with this pretty cool story on star Alex Montgomery.

8. Virginia (6-4) - Cavs coach Debbie Ryan said point guard China Crosby is doing well in her rehab from a knee injury in the season opener. Hopefully it won't be too much longer.

9. N.C. State (4-6) - The struggling Wolfpack fell behind 28-6 Sunday at South Carolina, making a strong second-half push moot in an 84-75 loss.

10. Clemson (6-3) - Sunday's trip to Samford had danger written all over it. The Bulldogs had won 5 straight, were 3-0 at home and 35-8 lifetime in their 4-year-old Hanna Center. Plus the game drew the third-largest crowd in the history of the building. Add it all up and the Tigers' 58-48 loss wasn't really that surprising. Disappointing, but not really surprising.

11. Wake Forest (5-3) - As with Georgia Tech, no games last week so we'll simply pass along this story on point guard Brooke Thomas.

12.Virginia Tech (5-4) - We're about to see how well the Hokies can respond to adversity, because Saturday's 66-52 home loss to Robert Morris - a game in which Tech trailed by 28 in the second half - was about as adverse as it can get.

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