ACC Roundup: Williams lifts No. 3 Duke women past Miami, 76-75
Duke avoided Miami's latest upset bid by the slightest margin.
Elizabeth Williams converted one of two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to lift the No. 3 Blue Devils to a 76-75 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.
In Duke's visit to Miami last season, the Hurricanes beat the Blue Devils 69-65 on Feb 28.
Tricia Liston scored 29 points and Williams and Alexis Jones added 18 apiece for the Blue Devils (21-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their ninth straight road game and 11th overall.
"We weren't happy with our performance here last year, but the ACC is just a great conference and you can expect that coming into every game," Liston said. "Miami's always played us tough so coming in here we were really focused on having a better outcome."
Williams grabbed Jones' missed jumper with 2 seconds remaining and was fouled by Miami's Adrienne Motley. Williams made the first free throw to break the 75-75 tie.
"I thought that rebound that she had at the end of the game symbolized her strength," Duke coach Joanne McCallie said of Williams.
Maria Brown's two free throws with 14.8 remaining tied it 75-75. The Hurricanes were attempting a last-second shot when Brown was fouled by Richa Jackson away from the ball.
"We were going for the win," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "I did not want Duke to have the ball back."
Liston's three-point play with 18 seconds left gave Duke a 75-73 lead. Liston scored 20 or more points for the 12th time this season.
No. 18 NC State beats No. 8 Maryland 72-63
RALEIGH — North Carolina State keeps leaving first-year coach Wes Moore searching for the right words.
Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored all 16 of her points after halftime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:51 left, to help the 18th-ranked Wolfpack beat No. 8 Maryland 72-63 on Thursday night.
It was the team's fourth win against a ranked opponent this year and its first home win against a top-10 opponent since beating then-No. 2 North Carolina in February 2007 — which was the last season that N.C. State was ranked in the AP Top 25 before this year.
"These kids just keep amazing me," said Moore, who had spent the past 15 seasons at Chattanooga.
Markeisha Gatling added 15 points for the Wolfpack (19-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used Goodwin-Coleman's 3 to start an 11-2 run that broke a 57-all tie.
It marked N.C. State's first win against Maryland (16-4, 4-3) in four years.
No. 6 UNC women give up big lead, lose to Syracuse
CHAPEL HILL — As the pressure mounted, so did the turnovers.
No. 6 North Carolina failed to protect an 18-point lead in the second half, losing to Syracuse 78-73 on Thursday night. The Tar Heels had 18 of their season-high 29 turnovers after halftime, wilting against the Orange's half-court traps.
"We were just telegraphing. We were just looking and throwing," North Carolina's Diamond DeShields said. "Obviously they're going to go where you look. They did a good job of reading our offense and reading our eyes."
DeShields scored 21 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Stephanie Mavunga and Allisha Gray each had 16 points for North Carolina.
In addition to their turnover woes, the Tar Heels shot 31 percent in the second half after shooting 55 percent in the first.
"Usually in the second half, if it's a close game, we end up pulling away," DeShields said. "This is the first time we've really had to battle like that. I would say that it's part of the maturing process."
Brianna Butler scored 22 points to lead Syracuse (16-5, 5-3).