ACC women's tourney: N.C. State tops Clemson, 56-45
Kody Burke scored 16 points and North Carolina State rallied past Clemson 56-45 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Marissa Kastanek added 14 points for the eighth-seeded Wolfpack (16-15).
They held the Tigers without a field goal for the final 6-plus minutes and closed the game with a 16-1 run to advance to face No. 6 and top-seeded Duke on Friday in a rematch of a 2012 quarterfinal won by N.C. State.
Nikki Dixon scored 11 points for ninth-seeded Clemson (9-21), which went up 44-40 on Chancie Dunn's three-point play with 6:14 left. The Tigers missed their final nine shots.
Kastanek put N.C. State ahead to stay with a 3-pointer that made it 47-44 with just under 3 minutes left and Burke followed that with five quick points.
The Wolfpack have won at least one tournament game each year under fourth-year coach Kellie Harper.
Wake Forest women rout Ga. Tech 86-67 at ACC
Lakevia Boykin scored 21 points with four 3-pointers to help Wake Forest upset Georgia Tech 86-67 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Dearica Hamby scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and Asia Williams added 16.
The 10th-seeded Demon Deacons (13-18) outscored Georgia Tech 50-24 in the second half and have won at least one game in five straight ACC tournaments — the league's longest such active streak.
Tyaunna Marshall had 22 points on 10-of-26 shooting and Sydney Wallace had 10 for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (14-16). They led by 10 in the first half and went up 45-38 less than a minute into the second on a layup by Marshall.
Williams scored Wake Forest's next four baskets to spark the second-half surge.
Chelsea Douglas had 15 points and Sandra Garcia added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Wake Forest.
Shields, BC beat Virginia 66-57 at ACC tourney
Kerri Shields had 16 points and four 3-pointers to help Boston College upset Virginia 66-57 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Kristen Doherty added 15 points for the Eagles (12-18). They blew a 13-point lead but recovered to become the second No. 11 seed to win an ACC tournament game. They will play 15th-ranked and third-seeded North Carolina (26-5) in a quarterfinal Friday night.
Ataira Franklin had 17 points and Faith Randolph had 15 for the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (16-14). They had the ball down 59-57 with a minute left but Tessah Holt stole it from Franklin and hit a layup through contact with 56.5 seconds left.
She missed the free throw but Eagles got the offensive rebound, Holt hit two free throws with 42.3 seconds left and Katie Zenevitch added two more with 31.5 seconds remaining to help BC pull away.
Miami women top Virginia Tech 45-39 in ACC tourney
Shawnice Wilson scored 17 points and Miami pulled away to beat Virginia Tech 45-39 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Morgan Stroman added 13 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Hurricanes (21-9). They will play fourth-seeded Florida State (21-8) in Friday's quarterfinals.
Uju Ugoka and Monet Tellier had 11 points apiece and Alyssa Fenyn added 10 for the 12th-seeded Hokies (10-20).
Ugoka's jumper with 4:14 left pulled Virginia Tech to 35-31, but the Hokies missed six of their next seven shots.
Stefanie Yderstrom hit a 3-pointer three possessions later to put Miami up by seven, and the Hurricanes iced it by hitting 7 of 12 free throws in the final 90 seconds.
Miami had 20 turnovers and shot just 28.6 percent (14 of 49). The Hokies shot 26.9 percent (14 for 52), turned it over 17 times and had just eight points at halftime.