ACC Roundup: No. 3 Duke women hold on for OT win at Florida State

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 12:09 AM

No. 3 Duke took the best punch No. 24 Florida State had on Thursday night and seemed to be in trouble midway through the second half. The Blue Devils trailed by eight and the Seminoles' Natasha Howard was in the midst of a career-night.

Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams, however, wouldn't allow Duke to suffer its second loss of the season.

Liston scored 25 points and Williams had 20 as the Blue Devils needed overtime to beat the Seminoles 85-77

"I love this team, this team fights," Duke coach Joanne McCallie said. "For a while there I'm not sure we were totally into it but we felt we should've been doing better.

"But then all of sudden you could see it, this is what it is."

The Blue Devils (19-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used an 11-0 run to rally from a four-point deficit in regulation and score the first seven points in overtime. Alex Jones hit a step-back jumper to tie the game at 73 and force overtime.

Liston finished with four 3-pointers after scoring just four points in the first half. Williams added seven rebounds and six blocks.

The Seminoles (14-5, 2-4) wasted a career night from Howard — 28 points and 21 rebounds with five blocks. The 20-20 game was the first for a Florida State player since 2006. Morgan Jones scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Brittany Brown added 12 points in the loss points.

No. 7 UNC women pull away from Wake Forest, 83-65

WINSTON-SALEM — No. 7 North Carolina needed more than 30 minutes to shake free from Wake Forest.

Freshmen Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray each had 19 points, leading four Tar Heels in double figures in what turned out to be an 83-65 romp over the scrappy Demon Deacons on Thursday night.

North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its 11th straight in the series. Stephanie Mavunga had 12 points and 12 rebounds for UNC, the freshman's 10th double-double, while Xylina McDaniel also had 12 points.

Dearica Hamby led the Demon Deacons (10-9, 1-5) with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her 15th double-double of the season, and Chelsea Douglas added 20 points.

UNC has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Deacons have lost five of their last six.

No. 23 NC State women defeat Boston College 85-76

RALEIGH — Markeisha Gatling scored 27 points and Kody Burke added 24 with 11 rebounds as No. 23 North Carolina State defeated Boston College 85-76 Thursday night.

NC State (17-3, 4-2 ACC) shot 48.1 percent from the field. Len'Nique Brown had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Krystal Barrett dished out eight assists.

The Eagles (11-9, 2-4) were 23-of-60 from the field (38.3 percent) and hit 13 3-pointers, but also committed 28 fouls and 12 turnovers. Kelly Hughes led Boston College with 23 points and Katie Zenevitch chipped in 19.

Brown, Burke and Myisha Goodwin-Coleman each sank 3-pointers to push the Wolfpack out to an early 15-2 lead, but Boston College fought back to make it a two-point game, 41-39 at the break.

The Wolfpack opened the second half with a 21-10 run, pushing the lead to 13 at the midway mark. NC State is 11-0 at home this season.