Friday's local college basketball roundup: Tribe's Thornton, Rusthoven earn All-CAA honors

Staff, wire reports

William and Mary sophomore guard Marcus Thornton was a second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, and Tribe junior post player Tim Rusthoven made the third team.

Those awards and many others were announced at a banquet in Richmond on the eve of the conference tournament.

Old Dominion’s Keenan Palmore made the All-Rookie team and Towson junior Jerrelle Benimon was named Player of the Year.



At the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Maryland outlasted Wake Forest 92-81 in overtime to move into a semifinal against North Carolina, which rallied past Boston College 62-57.

The Terrapins' Alyssa Thomas recorded the first triple-double in tournament history. She totaled a career-high 32 points, and she added 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Thomas scored seven points on Maryland's 10-0 run to start the extra session.

Tianna Hawkins chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds for the second-seeded Terrapins (24-6). Chelsea Douglas paced 10th-seeded Wake Forest (13-19) with 31 points.

UNC (27-5) relied on Tina Ruffin-Pratt, who had 19 points. The Tar Heels led by just 54-53 with 3 1/2 minutes left before Ruffin-Pratt scored six points.

Nicole Boudreau led the Eagles (12-19) with 15 points.

In the bracket's other half, Tricia Liston supplied 26 points and 11 rebounds as top-seeded Duke posted a 79-65 victory over North Carolina State. Virginia Beach's Elizabeth Williams finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for a Duke squad that sank 12 3-pointers.

The Blue Devils will meet fourth-seeded Florida State, which beat fifth-seeded Miami 70-58 behind Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson's 18 points and 18 rebounds. FSU, ranked 23rd nationally, hadn't won an ACC tournament game since 2009.

Miami (21-10) has a realistic hope for an NCAA at-large berth.

Big South:

At the Big South tournament in Conway, S.C., the only higher seed to advance was top-seeded Liberty, which breezed past No. 9 Gardner-Webb 78-61 to reach the semifinals for the 17th straight year. Devon Brown had 23 points and a career-high six steals for the Flames.

No. 5 seed Campbell overcame a 24-point deficit with 19 minutes left in regulation to edge No. 4 High Point 74-73 in overtime. That gave the Camels, who were led by Tonisha Baker's career-high-tying 31 points, the right to face Liberty.

In the early session, No. 7 Longwood went on a late run to upend No. 2 Winthrop 79-67.

Chelsea Coward sank five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Lancers, who turned a 62-58 deficit into a double-digit lead by holding the Eagles scoreless for 8:05.

Longwood will play its semifinal at 6 p.m. Saturday against No. 6 Radford, which bounced No. 3 Presbyterian 41-38 behind Diani Mason's 12 points.

Radford, coached by Kecoughtan High graduate Tajama Abraham Ngongba, won despite scoring just four points in the final 9:58.

Atlantic 10:

Virginia's two entries in the Atlantic 10 Conference fell out in the first round at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.

No. 12 seed VCU (11-19) lost 64-58 to No. 5 Duquesne (23-6), though the Rams' Robyn Parks led all scorers with 23 points and Jessica Pellechio added 14. Orsi Szecsi scored 15 for the Dukes, who were 3-of-4 on late free throws to seal the victory.

Richmond lost to George Washington 59-53 despite Becca Wann's 17 points and 12 rebounds, her 10th double-double as a Spider. Danni Jackson had 13 points and five assists for GW.

After coming from behind to tie the score at 51, Richmond missed seven consecutive shots during a 5-0 Colonials run. At 16-15, UR might be a WNIT candidate.

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