FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- It didn't take anything close to North Carolina State's best to pull out the Wolfpack's 84-61 victory over Clemson last night in the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament.
But no one told Sharon Manning that.
Manning scored 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to give seventh-ranked N.C. State its fourth ACC championship in 11 trips to the final.
No. 22 Clemson, which upset No. 1 Virginia Sunday night, shot only 32 percent overall and 50 percent from the foul line.
"We lost the rabbit's foot," Clemson coach Jim Davis said. "We struggled."
Except for Manning, N.C. State didn't do much better, shooting only 40 percent.
All-American guard Andrea Stinson, who has led the ACC in scoring in each of the past three seasons, finished with 11 points, five assists and 10 rebounds.
Fortunately for N.C. State, other shooters had the touch.
Forward Jenny Kuziemski closed out the half by connecting for three straight jump shots in less than three minutes.
At the half, N.C. State led 40-30 behind strong inside play from both Manning and center Rhonda Mapp, who finished with 17 points.
Davis said he felt fortunate to only be down 10 at that point.
But Davis' advice at the break -- "Don't rush things" -- didn't sink in.
Dana Chatman scored 30 points, 21 in the second half, as No. 10-ranked Tennesseee, 80-75, last night to win its first Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
The victory in Albany, Ga., was LSU's first win over Tennessee after 14 losses, beginning in 1979. The victory gave the Lady Tigers the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.