UPDATE: FINALSCORE- Wake Forest 72, Pittsburgh 58
Dearica Hamby scored 14 second half points and grabbed a total of 16 rebounds to help the Deacs finish off Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro. Wake continued its recent tradition of good play in the Coliseum, dominating the Panthers on the boards. The Deacs got a lot of help in the rebounding department from Kandice Ball (9) and Jill Brunori (7).
UPDATE: Halftime Score- Wake Forest 36, Pittsburgh 30
Senior Chelsea Douglas has come to play tonight, hitting 3 threes and scoring 15 points before the halftime buzzer sounded. Dearica Hamby, fresh off being named to the ACC's all-conference team, nearly pulled off a first half double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Asia Logan leads Pittsburgh with 8 points.
UPDATE: Final Score- Virginia 74, Boston College 59
The Eagles never found an answer for Franklin and fall by 15 to advance to the next round. Franklin finishes with 23 points after going 4-9 from the three-point line. As a team, the Wahoos made 9 three-pointers and out-rebounded Boston College by 13. The Eagles tried to make a second-half run, eventually whittling the lead down to 11 points. However, Kelsey Wolfe drained a long three as the shot clock expired with six minutes remaining, and the Cavaliers cruised from there. Next up for the Cavaliers is a date with seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Thursday.
Next up: Wake Forest versus Pitt to close out day one.
UPDATE: Halftime- Virginia 35, Boston College 28
Ataira Franklin scored 12 first half points as the Cavaliers hold the early lead in game two of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Wahoos are dominating the boards and have taken advantage of key Boston College turnovers. The only thing keeping BC in this game is their 3-point shooting, where they are 4-7. Boston College is going to have to find a way to stop Franklin and also attack the pesky Virginia zone if they hope to advance in the tournament.
UPDATE: Final Score- Clemson 69, Virginia Tech 56
Nikki Dixon scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Clemson Tigers defeated Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Tigers also got 19 points and 7 rebounds from Nyilah Jamison-Myers in the victory. The Hokies, especially forward Uju Ugoka, came out of the halftime locker room with a sense of urgency but it was too little, too late. Ugoka finished with 20 points after only scoring one basket in the first half. The Tigers will now face fifth-seeded Syracuse on Thursday's second round. Next up Wednesday is the 10/15 game between Virginia and Boston College.
We're live from the Greensboro Coliseum for today's first games of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. Game one features 12th seed Virginia Tech facing the 13 seed Clemson Tigers. The first half was dominated by the the Tigers and their stingy zone defense, which rendered the Hokies scoreless for nearly six minutes. The Tigers are led in scoring by Nikki Dixon and Nyilah Jamison-Myers, who have 11 points apiece, as the Tigers lead 37-20.
Spirits are hight in the newly-refurbished Greensboro Coliseum, replete with cushioned chairs all over the arena and a beautiful new video board. There are a lot more folks than I expected in attendance for these early games, and the place is crawling with players, coaches and TV folks alike.