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No. 12 Florida State women advance to ACC tournament semifinals with 83-71 win over Boston College

Florida State’s Tanae Davis-Cain, who scored 20, shoots over several Boston College defenders during the first half.

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Florida State’s Tanae Davis-Cain, who scored 20, shoots over several Boston College defenders during the first half.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Sue Semrau knew her Florida State team would get off to a fast start in its first game in the ACC tournament.

She had seniors Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour to make it happen.

Davis-Cain and Freshour scored 20 each to lead the No. 12 Seminoles past Boston College 83-71 Friday night in the tournament quarterfinals.

Jacinta Monroe, Courtney Ward and Cierra Bravard added 10 points each for second-seeded Florida State (25-6), which advanced to the semifinals for the second time in school history. The first was in 2001.

The Seminoles face No. 8 Duke, the third seed, today.

Carolyn Swords scored 17, Mickel Picco 13 and Stefanie Murphy 11 for the seventh-seeded Eagles (20-11).

Florida State, which claimed a share (with Maryland) of its first ACC regular-season title, raced to a 17-point halftime lead and pulled away, building its margin to 22 points midway through the second half.

"I wasn't surprised that we were able to jump out," said Semrau, who was named the league's coach of the year Friday. "I felt like I was holding a horse in the stable today. They were so anxious to play. I thought we would come out and hit a lot of shots or we'd throw it off the backboard."

FSU shot 47.2 percent and forced 19 turnovers.

No. 8 Duke 76, No. 24 UVA 53: Abby Waner scored 16 to lead the Blue Devils (25-4) into the semis. Joy Cheek added 10 of her 12 points after halftime for the third-seeded Blue Devils, who won their tournament opener for the 15th straight year and face FSU today. Aisha Mohammed scored 14 for the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (23-9).

No. 4 Maryland 72, Wake 70: Kristi Toliver, who earned ACC player of the year honors, scored 10 of her 15 in the second half, and the top-seeded Terrapins (26-4) rallied from 12 down. Maryland won its 10th straight and faces fourth-seeded North Carolina in the semis.

No. 11 UNC 74, Clemson 55: Jessica Breland had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Rashanda McCants added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-5), who face top seed Maryland in the semis today.

SEC: Gators come up short against Vols

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Angie Bjorklund scored 25, and No. 19 Tennessee beat No. 21 Florida 71-67 to reach the SEC tournament semifinals.

Bjorklund scored 13 in the first half to help the Vols (22-9) take a 38-21 lead.

Fourth-seeded UF (23-7) pulled within three late but could get no closer. Sha Brooks scored 22 to lead the Gators, who have lost five of six.

"They're a team and a coaching staff that — it doesn't make any difference the makeup of their team," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "This is the time of the year that Tennessee seems to play their best basketball."

The fifth-seeded Vols face Auburn, the top seed, tonight. "They've been the best team in the league pretty much every night," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said of the Tigers.

No. 6 Auburn 71, Ole Miss 65: DeWanna Bonner scored 32 for the top-seeded Tigers (28-2). Bonner has 2,084 points for her career, surpassing Becky Jackson (2,068) for the all-time school mark.

No. 22 Vandy 69, Georgia 61: The second-seeded Commodores (22-8) committed only three turnovers, and Christina Wirth scored 23.

LSU: Latear Eason went down hard under the Mississippi State basket and had to be taken out on a stretcher. There was no word on her injury or condition.

Big East

USF: The No. 8 seed Bulls (21-9) face No. 16 seed Cincinnati (14-16) today in the second round of the tournament. The Bearcats upset No. 9 seed Marquette 60-54 in overtime.

UConn's Moore honored: Sophomore Maya Moore, who averaged 18.9 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Huskies (30-0), was selected as the conference's player of the year for the second straight season.

Top 25

No. 12 Ohio St. 70, Illinois 53: Two-time Big Ten player of the year Jantel Lavender had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes (25-5) to the conference tournament semifinals.

Men

Duke: The No. 7 Blue Devils will be without point guard Nolan Smith (mild concussion) for Sunday's game at No. 2 North Carolina, coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

NCAA berth: Cornell beat Penn 83-58 to clinch the Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The win for Cornell (20-9, 10-3 Ivy) was its 20th straight at Newman Arena, the fourth-longest home streak in the nation.

No. 12 Florida State women advance to ACC tournament semifinals with 83-71 win over Boston College 03/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:29am]

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