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DWHoops Presents ACC Women's Basketball Digest

  Weekly ACC WBB Digest for 2/6/2013
Volume 1, Number 13
 
By Rob Clough

ACC Standings, Schedule, & Results

School Conf. Pct. Total Pct.
Duke 10-0 1.000 20-1 .952
Maryland 9-1 .900 18-3 .857
North Carolina 8-2 .800 20-3 .870
Florida State 8-3 .727 18-4 .818
Virginia 6-4 .600 14-7 .667
Miami 6-5 .545 15-7 .682
Wake Forest 3-7 .300 10-12 .455
Boston College 3-7 .300 9-12 .429
NC State 3-8 .273 11-12 .478
Georgia Tech 3-8 .273 10-12 .455
Clemson 2-8 .200 6-15 .286
Virginia Tech 1-9 .100 7-14 .333

Last Week's Results:
Thursday, 1/31
  Clemson 47, Virginia Tech 37
  North Carolina 72, Florida State 62
  Duke 82, Miami 43
  Boston College 81, NC State 69
  Georgia Tech 89, Wake Forest 82 (OT)
Sunday, 2/3
  Duke 84, North Carolina 63
  Georgia Tech 65, Virginia 62
  Maryland 85, Boston College 62
  Florida State 83, Clemson 61
  NC State 64, Wake Forest 55
  Miami 68, Virginia Tech 42

This Week's Schedule
Thursday, 2/7
  Miami @ Clemson, 7:00 p.m. (CSS & TigerCast)
  North Carolina @ Boston College, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Friday, 2/8
  Maryland @ Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. (RSN)
  Duke @ Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech, 8:30 p.m. (RSN)
Sunday, 2/10
  North Carolina @ Georgia Tech, 11:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
  Boston College @ Wake Forest, 2:00 p.m. (WakeForestSports.com)
  Clemson @ NC State, 2:00 p.m. (GoPack.com)
  Virginia @ Virginia Tech, 2:00 p.m.
  Florida State @ Miami, 2:05 p.m. (CSS & ESPN3)
Monday, 2/11
  Maryland @ Duke, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

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

Parsing The Week's Results: Duke tightened its grip on the ACC by routing UNC (see below) and Miami. The latter game was close until an astonishing 20-0 run left the Canes in a daze, thanks to the scoring and playmaking of Chelsea Gray. After two straight losses, the U righted its ship a bit by taking care of business against Virginia Tech, who now has the ACC's worst record. The Hokies scored just 37 points at home in losing to the Tigers, as star frosh Uju Ugoka is having trouble scoring against defenses that are keying in on her.

Meanwhile, Maryland stayed within reach of Duke by quietly dismantling Boston College. The Eagles actually led early as they caught the Terps off-guard with their long-range shooting, but the combo of Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins proved to be too much for BC to deal with. The teams that did and did not take care of business dominated this week of play. NC State was dismantled by BC (see below), but then they took care of a Wake Forest team that's been trying to break into the top six of the ACC, to no avail. Marissa Kastanek of NCSU has been going out guns blazing in her senior year, averaging 19 ppg over the last couple of contests.

UNC failed in their test against Duke, just as they typically haven't been able to compete with other top ten teams this season. All three of their losses were blowouts, which included Tennessee and the second game with Maryland. They've certainly proven themselves against other foes, with coach Sylvia Hatchell getting career win #899 against a solid Florida State squad. The Heels size and athleticism makes them a tough matchup for most teams. Conversely, FSU's balance gives them a big upper hand, as it did in their easy win against Clemson.

Best Win: Duke 84, UNC 63. This was the first ranked team Duke has defeated since taking down Cal in early December. The Devils blew out to a double digit lead four minutes into the game and never looked back, thanks to incredible three point shooting (7-9 in the first half alone). A 21-6 second-half run by the Heels only brought them within 18 points, and Duke cruised the rest of the way.

Worst Loss: Boston College 81, NC State 69. The Wolfpack Women predictably fell behind early when they left shooters wide open, rallied to take a modest lead, and then succumbed to a 17-0 run down the stretch by the Eagles. All five of BC's starters were in double figures, but the Eagles were greatly aided by 9 points from their bench. Opponents underestimate the Eagles at their peril.

Trending Up: . Georgia Tech. The Jackets won two huge games as Ty Marshall averaged 26 ppg and and 14 rpg. Tech dominated overtime against Wake Forest after the Deacs forced an extra session with a couple of Asia Williams foul shots. The Jackets trailed much of the way against Virginia, finally taking the lead in the last five minutes of the game and holding off the home-standing Hoos. It took starting four frosh and a soph to get the Jacket veterans' attention, and now everyone's starting to click.

Trending Down: Wake Forest. With their most two recent losses, Wake went from a borderline top six club to a team in freefall at 3-7. They've come aggravatingly close to beating good teams and making a solid WNIT case to two games under .500. Wake still has enough players to annoy some teams with better talent, but this is a highly disappointing first season to date for Jen Hoover.

Surprise Player Of The Week: Roddreka Rogers, Georgia Tech. The daughter of Rodney, this lightly-recruited player has improved week-by-week for a team that's desperately needed a physical, inside presence. She had 13 points and 10 rebounds against Wake Forest. Rogers is a bit raw, but she has an incredible motor, another thing GT has lacked.

Stat Of the Week: 18.5. That's the number of offensive rebounds Georgia Tech is collecting per game in ACC play only. Improving on their rebounding is one big reason this group is now playing better together. This number is best in the ACC, which means they're now ahead of great rebounding clubs like Maryland and Duke.

Three Games To Watch (2/6 -2/12/2013):

  1. UNC @ Georgia Tech, 2/10 (ESPNU, 11:30 AM). This game is suddenly more interesting now that Georgia Tech has figured out how to become an effective team. The Heels still have major advantages in terms of size and overall interior play, but Georgia Tech is shooting lights out from three. Look for the two teams to combine for at least 50 turnovers. (And, the 11:30 AM start reminds us that ACC Tournament early round "shrieking schoolkids" games are now merely a month away!)

  2. Florida State @ Miami, 2/10 (CSS & ESPN3, 2:05 PM). This is a "had-better-win" (a step down from must-win) for Miami, because it gives them a chance to get a victory over a top 25 opponent. Miami needs to jam FSU's shooters and find ways to get easy looks for Pepper Wilson and Morgan Stroman. Conversely, FSU needs to continue its balanced scoring, going from inside (Chelsea Davis & Natasha Howard) out.

  3. Maryland @ Duke, 2/11 (ESPN2, 7 PM). This game will likely determine the tenor of the second half of the ACC season. If the short-handed Terps manage to win in Durham, then they'll tie the Devils and hold an edge going forward (with the rematch in College Park). If Duke wins, they'll have a likely two-game lead against Maryland going into the return contest. It will be a tremendous matchup with the four best players in the ACC trying to exert their will on each other. It may well come down to a role player like Richa Jackson or Katie Rutan making a key play.

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