Area basketball: Randolph leads Virginia women past No. 24 Florida State

March 3, 2013

Faith Randolph scored a career-high 19 points and Simone Egwu had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Virginia ended a five-game losing streak by defeating No. 24 Florida State, 72-60, on Sunday in the teams’ regular season finale in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers (16-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a 22-point performance by Florida State’s Alexa Deluzio, whose six three-pointers tied her career high.

Natasha Howard’s three-point play gave the Seminoles (21-8, 11-7) their final lead, 55-53 with 5 minutes 42 seconds left, but the Cavaliers ran off the next seven points. Randolph’s three-pointer put them ahead to stay, 58-55, at the 4:14 mark, and Virginia pulled away by hitting 10 consecutive free throws over the final two minutes.

Ataira Franklin scored 18 points for Virginia, which will be seeded sixth and play Thursday at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

MIAMI 64, VIRGINIA TECH 46: In Blacksburg, the Hurricanes exploded for 45 second-half points, erasing a small halftime deficit in cruising past the Hokies in the regular season finale for both schools.

The teams were tied at 31 apiece with 13:54 remaining in regulation when Miami (20-9, 11-7 ACC) put together a 12-1 run, capped by Stefanie Yderstrom’s three-pointer at the 6:25 mark.

Virginia Tech (10-19, 4-14) had a four-point lead at halftime despite shooting just 28 percent. Miami was even worse over the first 20 minutes, shooting 20 percent. The Hurricanes turned it around in the second half, converting 45.2 percent while the Hokies got even worse at 23.3 percent.

Morgan Stroman led Miami with 18 points, one of four Miami players to finish in double figures. Alyssa Fenyn led Virginia Tech (10-19, 4-14) with 14 points. Uju Ugoka and Monet Tellier added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

JAMES MADISON 67, GEORGE MASON 56: Joyous Tharrington poured in a career-high 23 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots fell to the host Dukes.

Amber Easter was the only other Patriot in double figures for George Mason (9-19, 4-13 Colonial Athletic Association), which shot 40 percent from the field.

Led by Toia Giggetts’s 15 points, James Madison (20-9, 14-3) had four players in double figures..

The Dukes took advantage of 19 George Mason turnovers, converting the miscues into 21 points.

James Madison led by one at the break, 31-30, and opened up the second half with an 11-4 run. The Patriots shaved the lead to six, but could get no closer the rest of the way. George Mason plays its final game of the regular season Wednesday at William & Mary.

GEORGE WASHINGTON 68, SAINT LOUIS 55: Megan Nipe scored a game-high 20 points, Danni Jackson added 17 and the Colonial held off a second-half rally by the visiting Billikens.

Saint Louis (11-18, 5-9 Atlantic 10) cut a 23-point deficit down to seven late in the second half, but George Washington (13-15, 7-7) ran off five straight points to rebuild its cushion.

Jacy Bradley led the Billikens with 17 points.

The Colonials got near double-doubles from Sara Mostafa (13 points, eight rebounds) and Shi-Heria Shipp (10 points, nine rebounds).

The conference tournament begins Friday in Philadelphia.

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