Terps handle Wolfpack

N.C. State claims No. 9 seed in ACC tournament

News ServicesFebruary 27, 2012 

— Alyssa Thomas scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half and added a career-high 17 rebounds, and Maryland beat N.C. State 65-50 on Sunday.

Thomas finished two points shy of her scoring high to help the Terrapins (25-4, 12-4) win their fourth straight. They clinched the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament that will start Thursday in Greensboro.

Laurin Mincy added 12 points for Maryland. The Terps never trailed, overcame 18 turnovers and used a late 17-5 run to pull away and claim their seventh win in eight tries against the Wolfpack (16-14, 5-11).

The Terrapins, the league's best rebounding team, built a 55-36 advantage on the boards.

Thomas - who averages 16.7 points - was the only Maryland player to score during a 10 1/2-minute stretch of the second half, reeling off 16 consecutive points for her team.

N.C. State made it a three-point game three times in the second half, the last when Marissa Kastanek's drive across the lane pulled the Wolfpack within 46-43 with just under 10 minutes left.

But while N.C. State managed just two field goals the rest of the way, Thomas carried the Terrapins.

The Wolfpack claimed the No. 9 seed in the league tournament.

No. 5 Miami 88, Boston College 42: Riquna Williams scored 20, Shenise Johnson 19 and Miami claimed it 40th straight home win.

The Hurricanes (25-4, 14-2) bounced back from Friday's loss at No. 7 Duke by grabbing a quick 14-0 lead over the Eagles (7-22, 2-14). Stefanie Yderstrom scored 13 points for Miami, which will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament and play a quarterfinal Friday .

Boston College was outscored 176-99 in its two meetings with Miami this season.

No. 23 Nebraska 71, No. 8 Ohio State 57: Emily Cady scored 24 points to match her career high and host Nebraska upset Ohio State.

The Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6) bounced back from a 20-point loss at Michigan State for only their second win in six games. The Buckeyes (24-5, 11-5) lost for the fifth time in eight Big Ten road games.

No. 9 Delaware 89, Northeastern 71: Elena Delle Donne scored 35 points and host Delaware (26-1, 17-0) won its 16th straight with a victory over Northeastern (7-21, 5-12).

The Blue Hens tied the school record for victories in a season. With one game remaining, Delaware also is trying to become the first team since 2002 to finish the regular season unbeaten in Colonial Athletic Association play.

No. 10 Tennessee 75, Florida 59: Glory Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Tennessee (21-8, 12-4) beat Florida (18-11, 8-8) to grab second place in the SEC.

This was the final home game for the Lady Vols, who have lost the most games ever on the court named after coach Pat Summitt. The Hall of Famer revealed in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

She has only said she hopes to continue coaching as long as possible. She has spoken very little about her condition this season, instead urging others to focus on basketball instead of her.

No. 11 Penn State 74, Minnesota 51: Maggie Lucas scored 24 points and host Penn State smothered cold-shooting Minnesota (14-16, 6-10) to claim sole possession of the Big Ten title.

Senior Zhaque Gray added 18 in her final game at the Jordan Center for the Nittany Lions (23-5, 13-3), who led by as much as 24 in the first half and 33 in the second.

No. 13 Kentucky 76, Mississippi State 40: A'Dia Mathies and Bernisha Pinkett scored 13 each to lead Kentucky (24-5, 13-3) to a win at Mississippi State (14-15, 4-12) and clinch the Wildcats' first regular-season SEC title in 30 years.

No. 17 Georgia Tech 62, Clemson 50: Sydney Wallace scored 16 points as the lone Yellow Jackets player in double figures, leading host Georgia Tech past Clemson (6-21, 2-14).

Georgia Tech (22-7, 12-4) improved on its best season in the ACC, extending its league-wins record to a dozen.

No. 18 Georgia 62, Louisiana State 46: Khaalidah Miller scored 14 points to lead host Georgia (22-7, 11-5) over LSU (20-9, 10-6), taking third place in the SEC in the final regular-season game for both teams and also the third seed in the conference tournament.

No. 22 Purdue 90, Indiana 58: Brittany Rayburn scored 24 to lead host Purdue (21-8, 11-5 Big Ten) to a victory over Indiana (6-23, 1-15).

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Wake Forest 68, Virginia Tech 39: Lindsy Wright scored 12 points for the host Deacons (17-12, 7-9 ACC). Virginia Tech falls to 7-22, 3-13.

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