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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Schmingler and the big boys rout Penn and, uhh, Denzel Washington?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 9:13 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—University of Pennsylvania guard Darren Smith swished a three pointer just nine seconds into his team's New Year's Eve contest against the Duke Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday night. But Duke guard Nolan Smith answered on the other end with a three of his own, scoring the first of his team-leading 23 points on the way to a 59-point Duke victory. Smith wasn't alone: Five Duke players scored in double digits. Indeed, the contest versus the hustling but very outmanned and interim-coached Quakers often seemed more like a final workout for the Devils before a...

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Tar Heels use huge second half to blow past ETSU at Carmichael

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:19 PM

CARMICHAEL AUDITORIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC is still getting settled into its "new" old home in women's basketball, and the No. 7 Tar Heels will close out the year against one more underdog opponent. Today's visitor is East Tennessee State (4-5), which has been to Chapel Hill eight times before and come up empty every time. The Bucs are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, a lower-tier league that doesn't play football. ETSU made the move there from the Southern Conference in 2005 after deciding to end its football program. The visitors hang on for a half, but the Tar Heels eventually...

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Duke gets nice road win at Temple on the best day of Christmas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Duke finished up 2009 with a pretty tough road challenge in women's basketball. And behind a double-double of a career-high 23 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from Karima Christmas (pictured), the Blue Devils held off Temple 70-62. Jasmine Thomas added 15 points for No. 8 Duke (11-2), which also got 13 points from Bridgette Mitchell. Kristen McCarthy finished with 16 points to lead Temple (10-3), which was off to its best start in 28 years. Jasmine Stone and Victoria Macaulay added 10 points apiece for Temple. Duke shot just 34 percent against the Owls, but dominated the boards 40-27....

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Heels defeat Great Danes 87-70 in another sloppy affair

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 3:34 PM

North Carolina’s contest against Albany on Wednesday night brought another win for the Tar Heels, but also increased consternation on the part of coaches, players and fans. The Heels took control of the game early against its outclassed opponent, but proceeded to allow a 23-to-2 run over the final eight minutes of the game in an embarrassing display of offensive and defensive efficiency. For the second consecutive game, senior Marcus Ginyard sat out with a sprained ankle, and he was joined last night by sophomore Justin Watts, also out with an ankle injury. Dexter Strickland got the start at wing...

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Women's roundup: UNC, Duke close out 2009 with games this afternoon

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:03 AM

No.7 UNC and No. 8 Duke will both play their final women's basketball games of 2009 today at 2 p.m. At least for the Blue Devils, it might be a pretty good challenge. Sylvia Hatchell's Tar Heels (10-1) will host Atlantic Sun Conference member East Tennessee State (4-5) in the season's second game at renovated Carmichael Auditorium, while Joanne P. McCallie's Blue Devils (10-2) will visit unranked Temple (10-2). UNC will also be at home against downwardly mobile Winston-Salem State on Saturday while Duke hosts Providence on Sunday in the teams' final games before ACC conference play....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wolfpack holds on, wins at Southern Cal

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

N.C. State led all the way and then held on in the final minute, getting new coach Kellie Harper another big road victory with a 59-53 women's basketball decision at Southern California. Amber White (pictured) led the Wolfpack (9-5) with 17 points while Bonae Holston added 16 in the first meeting between the two teams. Briana Gilbreath led USC (6-5) with 16 points, while Daniela Roark chipped in 10 off the bench. Marissa Kastanek added 12 points for the Wolfpack, which saw a 16-point second-half lead cut to a point before the Trojans couldn't score over the final 3:21. Nikitta...

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NCCU bounces back from historic loss with a 30-point rout of S.C. State

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

McDOUGALD-McLENDON GYM/DURHAM N.C. Central gets an odd sort of test tonight in women's basketball. A few hundred home fans are going to find out just how the Eagles recover from the largest margin of defeat in school history. That was, of course, on Monday at crosstown rival and No. 8 Duke, a 117-28 defeat in a series which is going to continue. The Eagles played that night without freshman leading scorer Joanna Miller, who also leads the team in assists. Tonight's opponent provides a more reasonable challenge. It's former and future MEAC foe South Carolina State (4-6), which topped...

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Olympic round-up: Staal headed to Vancouver, Jokinen left off the list

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman had one of the luckiest and yet least enviable jobs this year in picking a hockey team from Canada’s bottomless pool of talent for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Every analyst on the web had his or her take, and it wasn’t looking good for Carolina star center Eric Staal, who was edged off of most lists. An early, lengthy injury the year of the Olympics is often the kiss of death for anyone but the top ten players in the NHL – it certainly didn’t help Cam Ward, though the term “long shot”...

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No. 7 Duke continues home non-conference win streak; beats Long Beach State 49ers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 2:15 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home after a brief Christmas break, hosting a Big West team that has had a rigorous schedule. Long Beach State's schedule is ranked third nationally headed into tonight's contest. The Blue Devils take the lead at 19:13 of the first half and never let go, rolling to a 84-63 victory. Duke now stands 10-1, with its only loss at Wisconsin in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Long Beach drops to one game below .500 with tonight's loss. Duke has five players who score in double digits including Jon Scheyer (22), Nolan Smith (19) and Kyle Singler (14)....

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Women's roundup: Eagles try to bounce back; State visits Southern Cal

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Just how can a basketball team bounce back from an 89-point loss? N.C. Central is going to find out today. The Eagles (1-10), who fell 117-28 at Duke on Monday, try to get onto the winning track today when they host South Carolina State (4-6) at McLendon-McDougald Gym. SCSU beat the Eagles 81-75 in overtime back on Dec. 1 in Orangeburg. That contest is one of two on the slate for the Triangle's Division I women's teams. N.C. State (8-5) will be on the left coast tonight for a battle with Southern California (6-4). The Trojans are on a two-game...

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

NCCU continues road woes at High Point

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 9:44 PM

N.C. Central's road struggles persist in men's basketball. Nick Chasten (pictured) scored 20 points and C.J. Wilkerson added 16, but the Eagles came up short in a 70-58 loss at High Point. The Eagles (2-11) fell to 0-10 on the road, leaving new coach LeVelle Moton still looking for his first win against a Division I opponent. Eugene Harris had 14 points to lead four players in double figures for the Panthers (5-6). Cruz Daniels added 12 points while Nick Barbour and Jairus Simms added 10 each. Michael Glasker chipped in 11 points for NCCU. The teams will have a...

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Tar Heels hold off Scarlet Knights 81-67

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 7:24 PM

North Carolina gave its fans and its head coach stomach ulcers on Monday night, yet the Heels ultimately held off Rutgers at the Smith Center. The Heels and Scarlet Knights seesawed early, before UNC opened a margin of 17 points just shy of the midway point in the second half. But Rutgers wasn’t quite ready to give up, and the Knights’ aggressive play combined with a series of silly mistakes by the Tar Heels enabled them to close the gap to a two-possession game. And for the first time this season, freshman guard Dexter Strickland saved the day. Though he...

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No place like home for Tar Heels, who win by 45 points at Carmichael

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 6:00 PM

CARMICHAEL AUDITORIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC is back "home" after spending its last season and a half sharing the Smith Center with the Tar Heel men's team. Carmichael, which had been home of the UNC women's basketball program since its inception, has undergone an extensive expansion and renovation. The place now seats 6,822, primarily in individual bucket seats, and officials say 2,946 of them are filled today. In a side note, Dean Smith was the only Tar Heel men's coach ever to coach in the building. And yes, I covered a few of those games in the final seasons for the...

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UNC returns to Carmichael today

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 12:25 AM

The Tar Heels will finally be back home today. The No. 7 UNC women's basketball team, which has been sharing the Smith Center with the Tar Heel men's squad for a season and a half, will play its first game in a renovated Carmichael Auditorium today at 2 against Kennesaw State. The two teams met for the first time last season, with the Tar Heels winning 102-68 at the Smith Center. UNC was 25-1 during its recent tenure at the Smith Center. The Tar Heels are 373-83 all-time in Carmichael. Italee Lucas (pictured) is the Tar Heels' leading scorer....

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Eagles look for upset at High Point

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central returns to action with a nearby road game tonight, and the Eagles should have at least a fighting chance to win. The opponent for the Eagles (2-9) is High Point (4-6), which has two of its four victories over non-Division I opposition at home. Each is under the direction of a first-year head coach, the Eagles under LeVelle Moton and the Panthers under UNC alumnus Scott Cherry. High Point has beaten the Eagles by single-digit margins each of the past two seasons. C.J. Wilkerson (pictured) is NCCU's leading scorer....

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Duke fills up the stat sheet in 89-point romp over cross-town rival Eagles

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 11:00 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It doesn't have any fancier name this time than "The Battle of Durham," and indeed it is that. No. 8 Duke is hosting N.C. Central in a women's basketball game, and the winner will be able to claim it's the best team in the city until they meet again. Duke is going to be a prohibitive favorite. This happens to be the sport in which the Blue Devils and Eagles, who are in Year 3 of their five-year transition to championship competition in NCAA Division I, have squared off the most. It's the eighth meeting in...

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Wolfpack gets nice win over Seton Hall

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 10:03 PM

N.C. State needed a win over an opponent from a big-time conference to keep its momentum going, and the Wolfpack got one. Bonae Holston (pictured) had 20 points and Nikitta Gartrell added 13 in an impressive 68-57 win over Big East member Seton Hall at Reynolds Coliseum. Both teams are now 8-5. The victory assured the Wolfpack a winning regular-season record against non-conference opposition this season. Nicole Emery had 19 points to lead Seton Hall, while Kandice Green added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ebonie Williams 10 points. The Wolfpack's next game is on Wednesday at Southern California, with...

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Former Cornell coach Knowles newest member of Duke football staff

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Jim Knowles has joined Duke football as defensive coordinator/safeties, leaving as head coach at Cornell to accept the job on David Cutcliffe's staff. Knowles (pictured), who was the Big Red's mentor for the past six seasons accumulating a 26-34 record, was a member of Cutcliffe's staff at Mississippi in 2003. Cutcliffe has also announced two promotions within his staff. Marion Hobby is the new assistant head coach/defensive coordinator after serving as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach, while Jim Collins will be assistant defensive coordinator/linebackers after being assistant Coach/linebackers)....

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Women's roundup: Battle of Durham tonight; Wolfpack hosts Seton Hall

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 12:05 AM

Durham bragging rights in women's basketball are on the line tonight at 7, when N.C. Central visits No. 8 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The 9-2 Blue Devils will come in as heavy favorites over the 1-9 Eagles, who are in their third season as transitional members of NCAA Division I in preparation for full Division I membership in 2011-12. The contest is one of two local Division I women's games scheduled tonight, as N.C. State (7-5) will host Seton Hall (8-4) at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack, which has three games left before beginning its ACC schedule, is looking to...

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Flyers' familiar faces best 'Canes, 4-3, in shootout

Posted By on Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 RBC CENTER/RALEIGH – In a match-up intriguing for its promise of old teammates and ousted coaches facing one another for the first time, the Philadelphia Flyers bested Carolina, 4-3, in the shootout. Both struggling teams saw their weaknesses exploited as Carolina fell into a large deficit through two periods but mounted a surprising comeback in the third as the Flyers fell flat. The game was spookily similar to the teams’ season opener, a 2-0 loss at the RBC Center Oct. 2, even though the teams’ benches and expectations were radically different. The Flyers...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bad night for the Wards results in 5-1 loss against Montreal

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 RBC CENTER/RALEIGH - After a stingy effort against the Rangers two days ago, Cam Ward lasted just nine and a half minutes in net against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday at the RBC Center. Carolina dropped the game, 5-1, after handing out power play goals like Christmas presents. The game’s scoring started and finished with Aaron Ward in the penalty box. Five goals allowed on 20 shots is embarrassing, but Carolina ran into yet another hot goalie in Jaroslav Halak. They put a season-high 47 shots on yet and managed one goal. Yeah. “We...

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Tar Heels shrug off rust, topple Marshall 98-61

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 2:32 PM

North Carolina mostly has been a good second half team this season, and the Tar Heels definitely needed both frames against Marshall on Tuesday night to reestablish themselves after their demoralizing defeat to Texas last weekend. The Heels exhibited signs of aftershock in the first half, actually losing the lead to the Thundering Herd and playing poorly on both ends of the court. Roy Williams described his team’s performance as “tight” and cited Deon Thompson specifically, and the senior forward did struggle during the opening minutes of the game. But Carolina exploded after the first couple minutes in the...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Duke names all-decade women's team

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Duke's only two female basketball players whose jerseys are retired lead the Blue Devils' official all-decade women's team released Tuesday. Guards Alana Beard '04 and Lindsey Harding '07 (pictured), the only team members ever named national players of the year, lead the first unit along with Monique Currie '06, Iciss Tillis '04 and Georgia Schweitzer '01. More recent graduates Chante Black '09 and Abby Waner '09 are on the second team along with their teammates Alison Bales '07, Mistie Bass '06 and Wanisha Smith '08. The third team includes Sheana Mosch '03, Jessica Foley '06, Vicki Krapohl '04, Michele Matyasovsky...

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Wolfpack just short of road upset

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM

N.C. State led most of the second half and almost got a big road upset, but one big rebound made the difference. Monica McNutt followed a missed Sugar Rodgers free throw with 13.7 seconds left, and Brittany Strachan's jumper at the buzzer was off-target as Georgetown beat the Wolfpack 67-66. Strachan (pictured) led the Wolfpack (7-5) with a career-high 18 points, while Marissa Kastanek added 15 and Emili Tasler 10. Rodgers led Georgetown (10-2), which has won nine straight, with 19 points while Jaleesa Butler added 18 and Latia Magee 11. The Wolfpack's next game will be at home Monday...

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Looking to retain momentum, Wolfpack closes pre-holiday slate at Georgetown

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 12:01 AM

N.C. State plays the final pre-Christmas game for a Triangle women's basketball team tonight at 7, when the Wolfpack visits Georgetown for a key non-conference battle. The Wolfpack won the teams' only meeting 61-58 last New Year's Eve at Reynolds Coliseum. Bonae Holston (pictured) leads the Wolfpack in both scoring and rebounding. The Wolfpack's first game after Christmas is also against a Big East foe, as Seton Hall visits Reynolds Coliseum on Dec. 28....

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