Alexa Deluzio continued to be a thorn in Boston College’s side Sunday, guiding the No. 21 Florida State women’s basketball team to its fourth straight victory, 76-70, in each team’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener in Tallahassee, Fla.
Deluzio, who scored a career-high 28 points at BC in a 68-59 win last year, tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds. Natasha Howard also had a double-double for the Seminoles (11-1) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Florida State entered leading the ACC in field goal percentage at 49.5 percent, and made 50 percent (31 of 62), though the Seminoles were just 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Eagles (6-5) trailed at halftime, 37-30, but held close in the second. BC’s Katie Zenevitch made a layup to cut Florida State’s lead to 72-70 with 1:52 left, but Morgan Toles hit a jumper and Deluzio two free throws for the Seminoles, while the Eagles missed their last three shots.
Kerri Shields led BC with 17 points, including 5 for 9 on 3-pointers. Nicole Boudreau and Kristen Doherty each had 14 points, and Tessah Holt had 11 points and seven assists.
Boston University 72, Lehigh 44 — Tournament MVP Mo Moran scored 16 points to lead the Terriers over the hosts in the championship game of the Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem, Pa.
Rashidat Agboola, who joined Moran on the all-tournament team, had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks for BU (10-3), which has won seven straight and is off to its best start under ninth-year coach Kelly Greenberg.
Holy Cross 63, Bethune-Cookman 54 — Alex Smith scored 15 points to lead the Crusaders (6-6) over the Wildcats (5-6) in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Ashley Cooper and Christine Ganser each added 13 points for Holy Cross. Chastity Rene Taylor had 19 points for Bethune-Cookman.
Towson 69, Maine 64 — Dominique Johnson scored 20 points to lead the Tigers (6-5) past the Black Bears (1-11) in Towson, Md. Danielle Walczak had 20 points and Ashley Roberts had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Maine.
NJIT 48, Rhode Island 44 — Rayven Johnson’s 18 points paced the host Highlanders (7-8) over the Rams (5-8) in Newark. Tayra Melendez had 12 points for Rhode Island.
Duke 73, Monmouth 32 — Tricia Liston scored 15 points for the No. 4 Blue Devils (11-0), and the Hawks (3-8) tied a Division 1 record with 3 points in the first half in Durham, N.C.
Monmouth matched the NCAA’s halftime scoring mark set in 2003 by Savannah State vs. Florida State and equaled by Tennessee State two years ago against Georgia Tech.
Chelsea Gray had 13 points and Haley Peters added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Duke. Chevannah Paalvast scored 15 points for Monmouth, which played without top scorer Alysha Womack, who is out with a knee injury.
Kentucky 78, Marist 56 — Jennifer O’Neill scored a career-high 21 points, and the No. 7 Wildcats (12-1) beat the Red Foxes (5-6) in Lexington, Ky., for their 11th straight victory.
DeNesha Stallworth also had 21 points for Kentucky, which came out sluggish after Friday’s 90-23 rout of Alcorn State in which the Wildcats set a school record for fewest points allowed. Kentucky trailed just twice early on but didn’t gain its usual comfortable lead until late in the game.
Kelsey Beynnon had 15 points for Marist, which fell to 1-17 against ranked opponents.
Colgate 65, UNH 63 — Luke Roh scored on a layup with two seconds remaining to give the Red Raiders (5-9) a victory over the Wildcats (4-8) in Hamilton, N.Y.
Murphy Burnatowski scored a career-high 31 points for Colgate. Chandler Rhoads had 13 points and nine assists, and Chris Pelcher had 12 points and nine rebounds for New Hampshire.
George Washington 77, Sacred Heart 38 — The Colonials (6-6) had 12 players record at least 1 point in a rout of the Pioneers (2-9) in Washington.
Dwayne Smith and Lasan Kromah led GWU with 10 points apiece. Louis Montes led Sacred Heart with 15 points and nine rebounds
St. Mary’s 78, Yale 62 — Matthew Dellavedova scored 24 points to lead the host Gaels (10-3) over the Bulldogs (4-9) in Maraga, Calif. Greg Kelley scored 14 points, Austin Morgan had 11, and Javier Duren added 10 for Yale.
Dartmouth 4, New Hampshire 1 — Goals by Nick Bligh, Ryan Bullock, Tyler Sikura, and Brandon McNally led the 10th-ranked Big Green (8-2-2) to a victory over the second-ranked Wildcats (11-3-2) at the Ledyard Classic in Hanover, N.H.
Cab Morris made 31 saves for Dartmouth, allowing just Austin Block’s 10th goal of the season. The Big Green face UMass in the tourney championship game on Monday.
UMass 4, Bemidji State 3 — The Minutemen (6-9-2) received goals from Michael Pereira, Darren Rove, Adam Phillips, and Zack LaRue to defeat the Beavers (5-9-3) in the other semifinal of the Ledyard Classic. Continued...