ACC women's tourney tips off in Greensboro
Wake Forest women top Pitt 72-58 in ACC tourney
Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest women beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh 72-58 in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night.
Chelsea Douglas added 20 points for Wake Forest (15-15), which will take on sixth-seeded North Carolina on Thursday.
Pittsburgh pulled within four on an Ashlee Anderson layup with 17:03 remaining, but the Demon Deacons rattled off the next 12 points, including six by Milan Quinn, to open up a 50-34 advantage with 12:40 to play. Pitt (11-20), which was playing in its first ever ACC tournament, went more than 5 minutes without scoring during that stretch and never again got closer than down nine.
Asia Logan finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Pitt, which made just 21 of 61 field goals, including 4 of 19 from 3-point range, and was out-rebounded 45-31.
Clemson women roll past Virginia Tech 69-56
Nikki Dixon scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds as thirteenth-seeded Clemson beat No. 12 seed Virginia Tech 69-56 Wednesday in the first game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
It was Clemson's first conference tournament win since 2009 and it avenged a 74-48 defeat to Virginia Tech last Thursday.
Nyliah Jamison-Myers scored a career-best 19 points for Clemson (13-18). It was Dixon's ninth 20-plus point game of the season and she recorded a double-double in the first half alone. Dixon hit 12 of 15 free throws and the Tigers made 21 of 28 as a team.
Senior Uju Ugoka had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Tech (14-16). It was her 16th double-double of the year.
Virginia Tech got within 55-46 with 6:46 left, but Dixon scored four consecutive points to put the Tigers up by double-digits for good.
Clemson plays No. 5 Syracuse on Thursday.
Franklin, Virginia top BC 74-59 at ACC tourney
Ataira Franklin scored 23 points and Virginia beat Boston College 74-59 on Wednesday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Sarah Imovbioh added 14 points for the 10th-seeded Cavaliers (13-16) — who have never been seeded this low at the league tournament.
They shot 43 percent and scored 16 points off BC's 17 turnovers to snap a four-game slide and advance to the second round, where they will face seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Thursday.
Katie Zenevitch had 14 points, and Kelly Hughes and Lauren Engeln each had 12 points for the 14th-seeded Eagles (12-18). They ended their season with seven straight losses.
Lexie Gerson finished with 10 points for Virginia, which held a 37-24 rebounding advantage.