Two of the best female high school athletes in Hampton Roads history clashed Thursday night in one of the better Atlantic Coast Conference games of the season.
Virginia Beach’s Elizabeth Williams hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining, and No. 3 Duke (21-1, 8-0 ACC) escaped with a 76-75 win at Miami (11-10, 3-5).
Hurricanes freshman Adrienne Motley from Woodside High had a big game: 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Williams grabbed Alexis Jones' missed jumper with 2 seconds remaining and was fouled by Motley. Williams made the first free throw to break the 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.
Williams had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Duke, and Tricia Liston led the Blue Devils with 29 points. ...
Kelsey Wolfe had 18 points as Virginia (11-10, 4-4 ACC) won 64-59 at Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons whittled a 17-point deficit to 58-57 on a 3-pointer from Dearica Hamby with 29 seconds remaining, but strong defense and 6-for-6 free-throw shooting by the Cavaliers in the final 23 seconds of the game secured the victory.
Sarah Imovbioh had nine points and 10 rebounds for U.Va., and Lexie Gerson had seven points, six rebounds and five steals.
Hamby, the ACC's leading scorer, had 23 points and 10 rebounds. ...
Kayla McBride scored 18 as No. 2 Notre Dame beat visiting Virginia Tech 74-48 despite Vanessa Panousis’ 12 points and Uju Ugoka’s 10 for the Hokies.
The Irish (20-0, 7-0) are off to their second-best start, three victories shy of matching the 2000-01 start that came en route to a national championship. It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Hokies (10-10, 0-7), who have lost eight straight. ...
Brianna Butler shot Syracuse to one of the biggest road wins in program history. She scored 22 points to help the Orange (16-5, 5-3) erase an 18-point deficit and beat No. 6 North Carolina 78-73 .
Syracuse, just 2-4 on the road entering the night, never had won a road game against an opponent with such a lofty ranking. Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-4, 5-2), who had 18 of their season-high 29 turnovers in the second half. ...
Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored all 16 of her points after halftime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:51 left, to help 18th-ranked N.C. State (19-3, 6-2) beat No. 8 Maryland 72-63 in Raleigh.
It was the Wolfpack's fourth win against a top-25 opponent this season. Maryland (16-4, 4-3) was led by freshman Lexie Brown's 20 points but lost its third game in a row.
Conference USA:East Carolina (17-3, 5-2 Conference USA) held off Old Dominion 64-63, extending the Pirates’ home winning streak to 24 and ending ODU’s 28-game winning streak in the series.
ECU went ahead 51-40 with 10:51 left, but ODU gradually cut the margin. The Lady Monarchs never quite caught up.
Janesha Ebron hit two free throws for a 64-60 ECU lead with 13.3 seconds left, and Shae Kelley — who led ODU with 20 points — was called for traveling, ending the Monarchs’ realistic hopes. After a steal of an inbounds pass, ODU’s Tiffany Minor banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Chelisa Painter had 13 points and 11 rebounds for ODU, and Becca Allison was 11-for-11 on free throws on her way to 13 points.
ECU’s Jada Payne had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Shae Nelson scored 17 off the bench.
Rachel Pearson scored 15 and Tory Thierolf had a career-high 13 as Drexel (10-9, 5-1), second in the Colonial Athletic Association, breezed past William and Mary 66-42 in Philadelphia.
The Tribe (4-14, 1-5) posted a season-low point total for a Dragons opponent, though senior Kaitlyn Mathieu had 12 points. A 13-4 run gave Drexel a 17-7 margin, and the Dragons stayed in control thereafter. ...
Kelsey Buchanan had 26 points and seven rebounds to spark Delaware (12-6, 4-3) to a 74-65 home win against Northeastern (7-12, 1-5), which lost its fifth game in a row.
The Blue Hens beat the Huskies for the 24th time in a row.
Kiera Gaines, from West Point High, scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds as Campbell (13-8, 8-4) gained a 63-54 win over Longwood (6-15, 3-9) in Buies Creek, N.C. ...
Freshman Kaylah Keys scored 26 points to lead High Point (13-8, 9-3) into a tie for first place with a 94-89 victory at previous leader Liberty (12-8, 8-3) in Lynchburg. ...
Ayana Avery set a Radford record with her 70th 3-point basket of the season to help Radford (4-17, 2-10) earn a 63-62 win at Coastal Carolina (10-11, 6-6).
Avery shot 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and 7-of-11 overall from the field.
Bridgewater (6-11, 4-5 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) earned an 81-70 home victory over Virginia Wesleyan (12-6, 5-3) as all five starting Eagles scored in double figures. Bridgewater shot 33-of-41 from the free-throw line.
For VWC, Nancy Kelly scored 15 and Brittany Glasco 14.
DJ Woodmore netted 18 points and reserve Colby Heard added 14 as Virginia Wesleyan (14-4, 7-2) gained a 69-58 victory against Bridgewater at Batten Center.
Ed Reddick scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Eagles (9-8, 4-5).
Shawn Jones scored 22 points and gathered 11 rebounds as Middle Tennessee State (14-7, 4-2) dumped East Carolina 84-67 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Pirates (11-10, 0-6), who have hit the skids since a strong non-conference start, were led by Caleb White's 18 points. But they couldn't overcome a 13-0 MTSU run that made the score 27-10.
For the second time, Christopher Newport’s home games against Southern Virginia were postponed because of road conditions. They were rescheduled for Monday, with the women at 4:30 and the men at 6:30 at Freeman Center.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun