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Tar Heels Smash Devils, 64-54
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2010 ACC First Round Recaps
By Orin Day
March 4, 2010

With the notable exception of UNC, the middle tertile of the ACC held serve in the first round on Thursday in Greensboro, with #5 Wake Forest, #6 NC State, #7 Boston College, and #9 Maryland all coming up winners. With the exception of BC's blowout win, it was a string of dramatic games for the spirited crowd on hand.

#5 Wake Forest 66, #12 Miami 65 (OT)

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Mike Petersen Celebrates the Wake Win
In the opener, #5 seed Wake Forest bounced back from a double digit second half deficit to defeat #12 seed Miami in a 66-65 overtime thriller. After trailing 36-25 with 17:52 left in the game, the Deacs ripped off a 25-7 run over 10 minutes for a 50-43 lead. But Miami, whose coach Katie Meier "denied" their #12 seed, did not fold. Hoop after hoop from Riquna Williams (28 pts.) helped the Canes chipped away at that 7 point lead, finally drawing even with the Deacs on a Shenise Johnson (15 pts.) layup with 17 seconds remaining. Secily Ray was unable to get a decent shot off, so we went to overtime. In the extra frame Wake looked to be in deep trouble when inside force Sandra Garcia (18 pts., 13 reb.) committed her fifth foul, but Secily Ray (15 pts, 8 reb) and Brittany Waters (21 pts., 8 reb.) kept attacking the basket and converting, giving Wake a 66-63 lead with a minute to play. Williams made it a one point game with a hoop for Miami and the Canes got one last chance when three point heave from Tiffany Roulhac was off the mark. Shenise Johnson didn't get a great look at the hoop and missed her layup, giving Wake the win and a wonderful mid-court celebration from Head Coach Mike Petersen. Wake advances to play #4 Georgia Tech at 11 AM Friday, while Miami goes home with their heads high, hoping for a WNIT berth.

#9 Maryland 83, #8 North Carolina 77

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Tchatchouang Scores for UMd
In the afternoon game ninth seed Maryland allowed the eight seeded Tar Heels the first basket, then ripped off a 12-0 run. Everything was falling for the Terps as center Lynetta Kizer hit a jump shot, then a trey. UNC Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell burned three time outs in the first half trying to stop the bleeding as Maryland's lead ballooned as high as 16. Finally UNC was able to find the basket, zipping off an 8-0 run that forced Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese to call a time out of her own. The Terps led by ten at the break and it looked at times as if they'd run away with it, but Diandra Tchatchouang's tweaked ankle and foul trouble for Kizer, Jackie Nared, and Tchatchouang forced Maryland to put bench players up against Carolina's starters. The Heels kept chipping away at the lead and trading Maryland missed free throws for UNC threes or layups from Laura Broomfield proved a great way to catch up. A DeGraffenreid layup with 12 ticks left cut it to just two points, but a pair of Kim Rogers free throws sealed the deal, with a Tianna Hawkins basket providing the exclamation point in the Terps 83-77 win. DeGraffenreid led the Heels with 23 points while Chay Shegog and Laura Broomfield both had double-doubles. Two Terps had double-doubles, Lynetta Kizer (22 & 10) and Tianna Hawkins with a breakout 11 & 13. Carolina remains firmly planted on the NCAA bubble, while ACC Regular Season Co-Champion Duke will have their hands full with the Terps at 3 PM Friday.

#7 Boston College 62, #10 Virginia Tech 49

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BC's Brittany Johnson

The evening session kicked off with two former BIG EAST teams in Boston College and Virginia Tech, and the Eagles never trailed, taking an early double digit lead that was never relinquished. Stefanie Murphy and Carolyn Swords were a powerful inside one-two punch. Murphy leading all scorers with 18 points and their inside presence held the Hokies to a woeful 6-31 (19.4%) first half shooting performance. BC took a 12 point lead into the break and basically cruised to the 13 point win, pulling all the starters save Murphy with a 20 point lead with just under 5 minutes to play. BC gets Florida State at 6 PM on Friday, while Virginia Tech ends their year with a .500 record.

#6 NC State 59, #11 Clemson 54

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Kastanek and White Celebrate
In the nightcap #11 seed Clemson and #6 seed NC State got off to a slow start, each shooting around 25% en route to a 24-19 halftime lead for the Pack. Some of these woes were due to early foul trouble for both Clemson's Lele Hardy and State's Marissa Kastanek, who each played less than half of the first stanza. Bonae Holston carried the Pack in the first half with 12 of their 24 points, six of those coming from the line, while Christy Brown scored nine of the Tigers 19. Lele Hardy and Sthefany Thomas heated up after the break, helping Clemson to first tie the game, then to take a 44-40 lead into the under eight minute media time out. But then State finally found their rhythm with a trey from Kastanek bookended by jumpers from Nikki Gartrell. A closing surge from Clemson got it down to a one possession game as a Brown trey made it 57-54 with 11 seconds left, but Bonae Holston sealed the outcome with two free throws. For the first time in a long time the Pack celebrated at center court in Greensboro, advancing to play #3 Virginia in Friday's late game. Clemson closes another disappointing campaign at 13-18.

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