Virginia rolls over No. 17 Florida State 85-68
Some programs have done far better than expected this season, while others have underwhelmed. Michelle Smith puts six teams on each list.
Duke was picked to win the ACC preseason women's basketball poll by both media and coaches. The Blue Devils, who return all five starters, were 33-3 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight the last four years.
Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 points s Virginia ended a five-game losing streak by defeating No. 24 Florida State 72-60 Sunday.
The Blue Devils should dominate the ACC again, but after three straight losses in the Elite Eight, they'll be judged on whether they reach the Final Four.
Cierra Bravard and Florida State (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) were having their way with Virginia, dominating inside and on their way to a lopsided ACC road victory.
Chelsea Davis scored a career-high 18 points and Cierra Bravard added 14 points to help No. 24 Florida State beat Virginia 61-51 on Sunday.
Charlie Creme takes a look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the 16 teams in the Dayton Regional.
Jacinta Monroe made two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining and Florida State (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) beat Virginia (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) 59-58 on Monday night.
Freshman Chasity Clayton scored a career high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds Thursday to lead Florida State to a 68-50 win over Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Lyndra Littles scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Virginia (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) rallied to upset Florida State (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) 68-63 on Tuesday night.
Courtney Ward scored 18 points and Tanae Davis-Cain had 16 as Florida State held off a second-half rally by Virginia and won 80-75. It was the Seminoles' eighth consecutive victory.
Florida State 60, Virginia 46
Beth Mowins expects Duke and North Carolina to dominate the ACC. But don't overlook Maryland or NC State.
North Carolina senior Nikita Bell was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday as the leauge unveiled its all-conference defensive and freshman teams.
LaTonya Blue scored 24 points and Virginia upset Florida State 77-62 on Monday night, handing the Seminoles (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) their second straight loss.