ACC UPDATE AND STANDINGS
Even though our UofL women's basketball team is on a hiatus this week, there was still plenty of ACC WBB action yesterday, plus a few other postponement besides the Cards. All told, four games on the ACC WBB schedule were played Sunday, while four others were either cancelled or postponed.
First off, North Carolina State remained undefeated ay 6-0 with a 75-62 win at Boston College, who is now 4-2. Kayla Jones had 25 for the victorious Pack and Elissa Cunane had a monster game with 23 points and 15 rebounds. This one was decided in the fourth quarter, when Ms. Wuf's team overcame a 60-42 deficit to out-point the Eagles 28-9 in the final quarter.
Florida State has played just two games this season, but they've both been wins. Yesterday they used a strong second half to down Virginia 69-51. Tied at 28 after the first half, the Seminoles won the second half 41-23. Four FSU players ended up in double figures. Virginia is now 0-5 on the season, the only winless club in the ACC.
Clemson took their perfect mark to Pittsburgh, bit it was the Panthers getting the 80-71 win. Another one that was decided in the fourth quarter, as Pitt erased a 61-49 third-quarter deficit Norfolk State with a sparkling 31-10 fourth quarter. Pitt improves to 3-2 on the season -- Dayshanette Harris with 21 for Pitt. Clemson is now 6-1 on the year.
Georgia Tech visited Notre Dame and put an impressive 82-67 beating on the Irish. After a 15-15 first quarter, the Yellow Jackets stung UNC the rest of the way and had five double-figure performers for Nell Fortner. The Ramblin Wreck is now 4-1in the schedule, Notre Dame and Nicole Ivey fall to 2-3 with the loss, despite 21 points and nine grabs from Maddie Westbeld.
Postponed or cancelled games yesterday were: UNC at Louisville, Syracuse vs, Binghamton, Wake Forest against Norfolk State and Duke vs, Miami , The ACC matchups will be made up, the non-conference contests are cancelled.
Today, UNC plays the Hurricanes in the Watsco Center in Coral Gables. It's a 2 p.m. tipoff and will be available on the ACC Network
Here's how the conference looks this morning. Five schools remain undefeated for the season. NC State is 6-0 and so is Virginia Tech. The Cards are 5-0, Syracuse 4-0 and FSU 2-0. With one loss, we find Clemson and UNC at 5-1, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are 4-1, Duke and Miami 3-1. Rounding out the standings are Boston College at 4-2, Pitt at 3-2, Notre Dame at 2-3 and Virginia at 0-5.
In conference games, Georgia Tech is 2-0, then six school check in at 1-0 (Louisville, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Syracuse and FSU). Clemson and Pitt are 1-1 in ACC play. North Carolina, Miami, Notre Dame, and Duke sit at 0-1 and Boston College and Virginia are 0-2 in conference play.
Overall, the ACC schools are 53-17 (81.2%) in games this season.
The Cards lead the ACC in scoring with a 89.8 points-per-game average in five games. Syracuse is allowing the least points with a 53.0 defensive point-per-game stat. In margin of victory, it is UNC on top with an average win of 31.3 points. Virginia Tech leagues the lead in threes made with an impressive 70 in six games for Kenny Brooks Hokies.
Dana Evans has the leading scoreing average in the league with 21.0 points a game. -- a total of 105. It's actually Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech) who has the most total points with 109 -- in six games. Kitley also leads the ACC with 12.7 rebounds a contest.
The top five scorers (% wise) are Evans, followed by Jayla Everett (Pitt) at 19.6 a night, Ivana Raca with 19.0 a contest for Wake Forest, Maddie Westbeld (18.2) and Kitley (18.2)
Other Cards in the top five numbers: Olivia Cochran is tied for fifth with 9.0 rebounds a game. Evans has 23 assists, which is fourth-best in the league.
I hope you've enjoyed reading this "Mathematical Monday monologue", or maybe you're muttering "Paulie, tell your statistics to shut up!" Either way, have a marvelous Monday (you never know when your "number: is up...groan) OK, I'm done...