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Sunday, February 28, 2010

ACC women's hoops pairings out, with some very odd twists this time

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Seedings and pairings are out for the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament and one thing is for sure. There will be three teams in the semifinals that have never won the tournament during its 10-year run in Greensboro. Maryland is the defending champion, UNC won four in a row before that and Duke five in a row before that. And they're all in the same group of three, only one of which can advance to Saturday's semifinals this time. The top-seeded Blue Devils (24-5), who have lost in the finals each of the last two seasons, will play in the quarterfinals...

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Tar Heels fight back hard, stun visiting No. 6 Blue Devils on Senior Day

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It's yet another edition of the "Battle of the Blues" between archrivals UNC and Duke, and the Blue Devils will come into the Tar Heels' refurbished arena as strong favorites. No. 6 Duke (24-4, 12-1) has already clinched the ACC regular-season championship and will have the No. 1 seed for the tournament in Greensboro beginning on Thursday, while the Tar Heels' season has bordered on a nightmare. UNC (17-10, 5-8) was the preseason favorite to win the ACC - at least before it was determined that star forward Jessica Breland would not be able to play...

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Balanced Pack wins on Senior Day

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Talk about a balanced effort. N.C. State didn't put anyone in double figures, but the Wolfpack upset No. 22 Georgia Tech 54-46 to win its Senior Day women's basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum. It was the first win of the season against a ranked team for the Wolfpack (17-13, 7-7 ACC), which earned the No. 6 seed for the ACC Tournament and will take on Clemson in the first round on Thursday night at 8. Brittany Strachan hit a clinching 3-pointer for the Wolfpack. Sharnise Beal and Inga Muciniece joined fellow seniors Lucy Ellison and Nikitta Gartrell in the starting...

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Women's roundup: Duke at UNC while Wolfpack hosts Georgia Tech

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 12:01 AM

It's the final day of ACC women's basketball before the tournament starts in Greensboro four days from now. All three Triangle teams are, well, in the Triangle on a very big day for all involved. It has been a long time since UNC has still been fighting for an NCAA berth in late February, but that's the case for a Tar Heel team that has lost seven of its last eight games. The Tar Heels will host No. 6 Duke today at 3 p.m. at Carmichael Arena in a game to be shown live nationally on the Fox Sports cable...

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tar Heels stun Wake in Winston-Salem

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Ordinarily, a win over a fringe NCAA Tournament team wouldn’t generate much excitement in Chapel Hill. But there was genuine elation in town on Saturday afternoon, after North Carolina marched to Wake Forest and brought back a 77-68 victory. The Heels did a much better job handling the ball, dishing out 16 assists against a relatively low 12 turnovers. Some of the better ball control can be attributed to UNC playing at a slightly slower pace and focusing harder on getting better shots. Which isn’t to say Carolina shot especially well. The Heels hit just 40 percent from the...

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Blue Devils celebrate Senior Night by beating UVa, clinching title

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 12:06 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke is one win from gaining its first No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time in three years. But tonight's opponent for the No. 6 Blue Devils is not an easy one. No. 21 Virginia, led by probable ACC player of the year Monica Wright, has 20 wins and is in a bye spot for the tournament, and is certain to get an NCAA bid. Unfortunately because of the unbalanced ACC schedule, this is the teams' only meeting of the regular season. And the Blue Devils use a big second half to win...

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Women's roundup: NCCU wins on Senior Night, Tar Heels fall

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:42 PM

N.C. Central has hit the double-digit win mark for the second straight women's basketball season. Joanna Miller (pictured) poured in 27 points, leading three Eagles in double figures in a 74-66 win over Longwood at McDougald-McLendon Gym. The news wasn't so good for reeling UNC, as the Tar Heels fell 64-57 to No. 22 Georgia Tech on the road and lost any chance for a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Blaire Houston added 18 points for NCCU (10-16), while Latoya Bennett chipped in 16 in her final home game as an Eagle. Brittani Billups led Longwood...

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O'Grady single lifts Duke past Fordham in Blue Devils' home debut

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM Duke has a new primary home for its baseball team, and the Blue Devils are hosting their first home game on a very nippy afternoon. For their sake, at least the sun is out. The opponent is Fordham in the opener of a three-game series. It's the first meeting with the Rams since the spring of 1941. Before World War II, even. History. Duke will play 18 games at the Durham Bulls' facility and 13 at Jack Coombs Field, with every home ACC series here except the one against Florida State April 16-18 during the Bulls'...

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Women's roundup: Important games for Duke, UNC, NCCU tonight

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 2:11 AM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC hasn't had a women's basketball season typical of its recent tradition. But Tar Heel coach Sylvia Hatchell (pictured) said there's no reason the redemption can't start tonight. Tonight at 6:30, the Tar Heels will be on the road looking to complete a season sweep of a Georgia Tech team ranked No. 22 in the country. It's the opener of a TV doubleheader on Fox Sports South, which will conclude with No. 6 Duke hosting No. 21 Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 8:30. The Duke game is one of two women's contests in Durham tonight, as...

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wolfpack falls hard on the road as Deacons get some revenge

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:43 PM

JOEL COLISEUM/WINSTON-SALEM Things are coming down to a photo finish for some spots in the ACC women's basketball race, and a couple of teams that weren't expected to be contenders are still fighting for a first-round bye in next week's tournament. N.C. State and Wake Forest come in to tonight's tussle with identical 16-11 records, 6-6 in ACC play. The Wolfpack, picked ninth in the preseason media poll, would finish fourth with a win tonight and another in Sunday's Senior Day game against Georgia Tech and would have an inside track for yes, an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament....

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Duke 70, Tulsa 52: About balance, not breaks

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM

DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke Blue Devils sprinted to a 14-4 lead in the first seven minutes Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, capitalizing on a series of turnovers and a spate of poor shooting from the field by the visiting Tulsa Golden Hurricane. But then the torpor set in: During the most consistently quiet half this season in Durham, the Devils let Tulsa not only creep within reach during the next 10 minutes but even tie the game at 28-28 late in the first half. During that span, Duke missed five three-pointers and allowed the Hurricane to move to the basket...

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NCCU ends season with road loss

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:46 PM

N.C. Central finished its men's basketball season without a win on the road. Vincent Davis (pictured) had 25 points and C.J. Wilkerson 22, but the Eagles fell 83-69 at Longwood. NCCU finished 7-21, including an 0-17 record on the road. The Lancers avenged an 81-78 loss to NCCU 12 days earlier. Dana Smith led independent Longwood (11-18) with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Antwan Carter added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lancers, while Kevin Swecker finished with 13 points....

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The Maltese Falcon RailHawk revealed: Striker Etienne Barbara signs

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Fans of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon know that, in the end, the prized statuette turns out to be a forgery. After a couple of weeks of hints that a major Maltese international striker was on the way (how many MMISs can there be?), the RailHawks finally have produced a parcel containing said prize. Meet Etienne Barbara, a 6-foot-1, 27-year-old striker from Pietà, Malta. There are high hopes for him indeed: Martin Rennie, having been tipped to Barbara's availability, traveled to the Mediterranean island specifically to scout him. In a team press release, Rennie says: 'I saw his videos...

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Notes from Vancouver: Staal upended, Pitkanen suspended

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 2:29 AM

Three out of four of the teams containing ‘Canes players are headed to the 2010 Olympic semifinals. Woah. In case you're severely behind or can't stay up late enough to catch all the action from Vancounver, Carolina’s representatives have thrived on the international stage so far. Unless something very strange happens (more than likely involving time travel,) at least one 'Cane is assured of a medal. Tim Gleason is the only one without a goal but has been as advertised, doing exactly what Team USA called on him to do. He’s been physical, solid and consistent, but rarely flashy. Ruutu...

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Wolfpack looks to avoid a night of payback at Wake Forest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:30 AM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH If there has been a women's basketball game this season N.C. State was very lucky to win, it was back on Jan. 22 against Wake Forest. First-year Wolfpack coach Kellie Harper (pictured) knew it at the time, and went out of her way after the game to say how she could sympathize with what the Deacons might be going through that night. With 15 seconds left, Nikitta Gartrell hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 49-all. And after the Deacons' Brooke Thomas missed a shot in the lane, Amber White got the rebound and fired up a...

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Eagles end season at Longwood

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central becomes the first Triangle Division I college basketball team to finish its season tonight, when LeVelle Moton's men's squad visits independent Longwood in the back end of a home-and home set. The Eagles have won two straight in the series, prevailing 81-78 at McDougald-McLendon Gym 12 days ago. With seven wins, Moton (pictured) has led his alma mater to its best season since 2006-07 in his first season as head coach. NCCU has played an independent schedule this season. Next season the Eagles are set to play a MEAC regular-season slate, although they are will not be eligible...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Listless Tar Heels Dumped By FSU

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:43 PM

SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Much of the North Carolina fanbase is screaming for someone to press the stop button on the 2009-10 season, but the basketball gods instead continue to cruelly press repeat. At home on Wednesday night against a beatable Florida State team, the Tar Heels dug themselves an early hole and never were able to climb high enough to smell fresh air, ultimately losing 77-67. It’s been similar to the opening scene in There Will Be Blood, except instead of Daniel Day-Lewis falling and breaking his ankle, the Tar Heels’ plummet resulted in two shattered legs, a dislocated...

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Photo gallery: UNC vs. N.C. State women (Sunday, Feb. 21)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM

2010.02.21 UNC Women bball vs. NC State - Images by Independent Weekly It's been a disappointing season for Sylvia Hatchell and the UNC women's basketball team. Perennially among the nation's elite, they've dropped out of the top 25 and currently suffer the indignity of a losing conference record. Things didn't get better on Sunday; they lost by a 73-64 margin to cross-town rival N.C. State and its first-year coach, Kellie Harper. N.C. State now sports a .500 conference record (6-6) to go with its overall record of 16-11. With this loss, the Tar Heels drop to 5-7 in the...

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Thomas a Lieberman Award finalist

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Duke's junior guard Jasmine Thomas is one of eight nominees for the Nancy Lieberman Award. Criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Lieberman during her Hall of Fame career. The finalists will be narrowed to three and the winner announced at the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. Thomas, who is also a candidate for the John R. Wooden award and State Farm Wade Trophy for national player of the year, is the ACC's only nominee for the honor....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lubick Duke's new recruit coordinator

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Matt Lubick, who spent the last three seasons on the staff at Arizona State, has been added to the Duke football staff. Lubick will serve as Duke's passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator while coaching the wide receivers. At ASU, Lubick was assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator while coaching the safeties. Lubick is replacing Scottie Montgomery, who left to take a coaching position with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. Lewis, Oghobaase to NFL Combine In other Duke football news, 2009 senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase are headed to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The event,...

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Thomas named third-team All-Academic

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Duke junior guard Jasmine Thomas been named to the third unit of ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America women's basketball team. A vote of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) determined the team. Thomas (pictured), a John R. Wooden Award and State Farm Wade Trophy National Player of the Year candidate, averages 15.7 points and 4.1 assists for the Blue Devils, who are 23-4 and ranked No. 6 nationally. The sociology major has a 3.37 GPA. First-team players include Connecticut's Maya Moore, Indiana State's Kelsey Luna, Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund, West Virginia's Liz Repella and Army's Erin Anthony. Maryland's Lori...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Miller, Eagles can't quite climb out of a deep hole in loss at Wake Forest

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:55 PM

JOEL COLISEUM/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. Central plays its fourth of five women's basketball games against ACC competition this season tonight, and as always in this situation the Eagles are road underdogs. Fortunately for the Eagles they're used to the arena, as they played here many times when Winston-Salem State was a rival in the CIAA and played Wake Forest here last season. The Deacons (15-11) are looking to bounce back and get ready for the final "weekend" of ACC play, followed by the conference tournament and some certain post-season action to follow. NCCU (9-15) will have to wait until the year after...

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Kastanek ACC's top freshman again

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM

N.C. State guard Marissa Kastanek has been named ACC rookie of the week for the third time this season. Florida State's Jacinta Monroe was named player of the week for games ending Sunday. Kastanek led the Wolfpack to a pair of victories in a 43-hour span, including an upset at archrival UNC, by averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In the wins over UNC and Boston College she shot 69.2 percent (9-for-13) from 3-point range. The wins moved the Wolfpack from ninth place to a tie for fifth in the ACC standings....

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Saddled with another loss, Heels struggle to stave off resignation

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:29 AM

After Saturday’s 71-67 loss to Boston College, North Carolina now is mathematically assured of a losing record in the ACC. The Heels dropped to 14-13 overall and 3-9 in conference play, ending whatever ruminations still existed that the club might regroup and earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Carolina’s postseason destiny now appears to spell the letters NIT, if that. As for the NCAAs, the Heels likely will need to win the ACC Tournament to earn the automatic bid. Carolina played well against the Eagles defensively, limiting them to just 40 percent shooting. But even upon the...

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Eagles try for big upset at Wake tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:01 AM

N.C. Central looks for a big upset in women’s basketball tonight, while host Wake Forest looks to get back on the winning track before the final weekend of ACC action. The Eagles will have five more chances to equal their 10-win mark of last season, and with a two-game winning streak tonight’s tough assignment at Joel Coliseum is the first shot. Wake, which will look to rebound from its overtime loss to visiting UNC on Thursday, has already locked up at least a .500 season and wants to get some momentum heading into next week’s ACC Tournament. Deacon head...

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