GREENSBORO, N.C. — Nikki Dixon scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds as 13th-seeded Clemson beat No. 12 seed Virginia Tech 69-56 Wednesday in the first game of the women’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
It was Clemson’s first conference tournament win since 2009 and it avenged a 74-48 defeat to Virginia Tech last Thursday.
Nyliah Jamison-Myers scored a career-best 19 points for Clemson (13-18). It was Dixon’s ninth 20-plus point game of the season and she recorded a double-double in the first half alone. Dixon hit 12 of 15 free throws and the Tigers made 21 of 28 as a team.
Senior Uju Ugoka had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Tech (14-16). It was her 16th double-double of the year.
Virginia Tech got within 55-46 with 6:46 left, but Dixon scored four consecutive points to put the Tigers up by double-digits for good.
Clemson plays No. 5 Syracuse today.
WAKE FOREST 72, PITTSBURGH 58
Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest (15-15) beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh (11-20) in the first round.
The Deacons will take on sixth-seeded North Carolina today.
Asia Logan finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Pittsburgh, which was playing in its first ACC Tournament.
VIRGINIA 74, BOSTON COLLEGE 59
Ataira Franklin scored 23 points and Virginia (13-16) beat Boston College(12-18) in the first round.
Sarah Imovbioh added 14 points for the 10th-seeded Cavaliers- who have never been seeded this low at the league tournament.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 73, MISSOURI 70
In Duluth, Ga., Kendra Grant scored 17 points, Martha Alwal added 16 and Mississippi State (19-12) beat Missouri (17-13) in the first round.
The 13th-seeded Bulldogs snapped a two-game skid and won an SEC Tournament game for the first time since 2010,
Mississippi State will play fifth-seeded Florida today.
MISSISSIPPI 63, ARKANSAS 62
Kenyotta Jenkins made a go-ahead layup with 4 seconds remaining, Tia Faleru added 16 points and Mississippi (12-19) beat Arkansas (19-11) in the first round.
No. 11 seed Arkansas led by 10 on Jessica Jackson’s jumper, but the Razorbacks were outscored 13-2 in the final 4:45.
The Rebels went up 63-62 after Faleru missed a jumper, Moore grabbed the rebound and fed Jenkins inside.
The Rebels will play No. 6 seed Auburn today.