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DWHoops Presents ACC Women's Basketball Digest

  Weekly ACC WBB Digest for 1/23/2013
Volume 1, Number 11
By Rob Clough

ACC Standings, Schedule, & Results

School Conf. Pct. Total Pct.
North Carolina 6-0 1.000 18-1 .947
Duke 6-0 1.000 16-1 .941
Maryland 6-1 .857 15-3 .833
Florida State 5-2 .714 15-3 .833
Miami 4-3 .571 13-5 .722
Virginia 4-3 .571 12-6 .667
Wake Forest 3-3 .500 10-8 .556
Boston College 2-4 .333 8-9 .471
Virginia Tech 1-5 .167 7-10 .412
Clemson 1-5 .167 5-12 .294
Georgia Tech 1-6 .143 8-10 .444
NC State 0-7 .000 8-11 .421

Last Week's Results:
Wednesday, 1/16
  Duke 58, Virginia Tech 26 - DWHoops Full Coverage
Thursday, 1/17
  Clemson 74, Wake Forest 64
  North Carolina 71, Virginia 60 - Digest Photo Coverage
  Florida State 67, Boston College 57
  Miami 71, Georgia Tech 65
  Maryland 82, NC State 62
Sunday, 1/20
  Wake Forest 92, Boston College 87 ( 2OT )
  Virginia 62, Miami 52
  Florida State 82, NC State 74
  Maryland 66, Georgia Tech 57
Monday, 1/21
  Connecticut 79, Duke 49 - DWHoops Recap

This Week's Schedule
Thursday, 1/24
  Miami @ Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. (RSN)
  Boston College @ Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (
  Duke @ Clemson, 7:00 p.m. (TigerCast & ESPN3)
  Virginia Tech @ NC State, 7:00 p.m. (
  North Carolina @ Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (RSN)
Friday, 1/25
  Georgia Tech @ Florida State, 7:00 p.m. (ACCDN/YT)
Sunday, 1/27
  Boston College @ Duke, 1:00 p.m. (RSN)
  NC State @ Georgia Tech, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  North Carolina @ Miami, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
  Virginia @ Wake Forest, 2:00 p.m. (
  Virginia Tech @ Florida State, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  Maryland @ Clemson, 5:00 p.m. (ACCDN on YouTube)

Editor's Note: Our schedule and results are presented in pink in
remembrance of Kay Yow

Parsing The Week's Results: The biggest news from this week was Duke getting whipped by UConn, though the Devils losing big to the Huskies isn't exactly what I would call "news" at this point. This came a game after Duke had gone to 16-0 after whipping Virginia Tech. Fellow ACC co-leader UNC dominated Virginia in the first half of their contest, using post play to score at will against a UVa squad that struggled to put anything together on offense. With the game already decided, UNC lost interest down the stretch and allowed Virginia to rally, but it was obvious that the Hoos were outclassed by the Heels. Maryland continues to keep pace as they easily dispatched NC State at home and emerged victorious from a dogfight in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. Alyssa Thomas had 28 to lead the Terps, who were a jaw-dropping +23 on the boards.

Virginia bounced back with a key victory against Miami. That win put the Canes and Hoos in roughly the same spot: 5th/6th in the league. The reason was simple: Ataira Franklin played like a star, with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Virginia hit a ton of long-range shots, which is not a viable strategy for them in every game, but it worked for them against a Miami club that got a combined 16 points from its stars, Morgan Stroman & Stefanie Yderstrom. Finally, Clemson won its first ACC game of the year after beating Wake Forest convincingly on the road as Nikki Dixon scored 21 points. When she's on, Clemson has a chance.

Best Win: Wake Forest 92, Boston College 87 (2OT). This was one of the most entertaining games of the year in the ACC. Lakevia Boykin had 27 points for the winners, playing 49 minutes. Chelsea Douglas had 21 points for Wake, as all five of its starters were in double figures. The same was true for the Eagles, who led for much of the second half before giving up leads. Kristin Doherty had 21 points for the Eagles, who never gave up.

Worst Loss: UConn 79, Duke 49. The Devils' annual beating at the hands of UConn was actually a close game for about 24 minutes. Then the Huskies went on a 22-2 run to blow the game wide open and expose Duke's flaws to all. Of course, it takes having superior outside shooting, ball handling, size and rebounding to exploit these weaknesses -- something few teams have in as much abundance as UConn.

Trending Up: Florida State. The Noles have now won three in a row and have helped form a clear top four in the league. This week, they picked up a pair of road wins, albeit in fairly ugly fashion. FSU is a flawed team; they don't play great defense and don't have great size or depth. That said, they are greater than the sum of their parts and have received career years from role players Leo Rodriguez and Chelsea Davis, both of whom have become players to fear on the offensive end.

Trending Down: NC State. This was another brutal week for the Wolfpack Women, who are now 0-7 in the ACC. They have played five tough teams in that stretch and have blown leads to many of them. They had a 12 point lead against FSU with nine minutes remaining and a 7 point lead with five minutes to go, but a 19-2 run by the Noles left the Pack wondering just what had happened--again. I don't think Kellie Harper has lost her team, but they need any kind of win and they need it immediately.

Surprise Player Of The Week: Asia Williams, Wake Forest. The guard who's mostly kept a low profile this year was a huge factor in Wake's double-OT win over BC. She had 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in that contest, playing 47 minutes in this marathon. She had the assist that put the game into overtime, a key assist in the second overtime, and a stickback that salted the game away. She's now the fourth Wake player averaging in double figures for the season, and her four assists per conference game rank fifth in the league.

Stat Of the Week: Anatomy of an All-ACC Player, part 4 - Tianna Hawkins. Hawkins is the most surprising of the four players who stand the best chance of being named ACC player of the year. A lightly-regarded player coming out of high school, her success has been a combination of her tireless work ethic and desire to improve combined with being in a program that was precisely suited for her ability. In essence, she's filling the Crystal Langhorne role for the Terps as a mobile and quick forward who is always on the boards and always looking to grab a pass in her direction for a score. She is leading the ACC in both scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg). She is #2 in FG% at 58%, trailing only her own teammate, Alicia DeVaughn. Crucially, she's #6 in FT% at 77.6%. There's simply no good way to stop her. She's not a shot-blocker or great defender, but rather a player born to grab rebounds and score in the paint. I suspect the presence of Thomas will make Hawkins getting player of the year highly unlikely, but you never know.

Three Games To Watch (1/23 -1/29/2013):

  1. UNC @ Maryland, 1/24/13. The Heels nipped the Terps in Chapel Hill thanks to a huge second-half run and some timely three point shooting. Maryland's degree of difficulty has increased yet again due to injury, thanks to frosh forward Tierney Pfirman dislocating her patella. Most likely she'll be out for the rest of the regular season, though it's very hard to tell with this injury. So for at least the short term, guard Katie Rutan will be summoned into the starting lineup and Alyssa Thomas will be pushed back into the frontcourt. Rutan is a great shooter but is otherwise limited as a defender / rebounder / ball handler. This also leaves their bench almost completely bare against a UNC team that is now healthy if erratic. I expect the Terps to win a close one here.

  2. Georgia Tech @ Florida State, 1/25/13. This is a game featuring two teams going in opposite directions. FSU has players settling nicely into roles and doing what it takes to win despite limitations. GT is still in search of a rotation that works, has multiple players who do the same thing and few players who can defend or rebound. FSU is also quite experience, while GT is painfully green.

  3. Virginia @ Wake Forest, 1/27/13. Virginia saw an uptick in their postseason hopes by beating Miami. Wake Forest is a trap game for them, especially on the road. The Deacs can score and have size; if this turns into a free-flowing offensive game, then Virginia will lose. The Hoos must bottle up Wake's primary scorers and make things ugly.

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