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Sunday, March 14, 2010

UNC holds off pesky NCCU with big second half, awaits selection committee

Posted By on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It's that unique final regular-season game that UNC is playing after the ACC Women's Tournament for the second straight season. Today the Tar Heels  take on local rival N.C. Central, which like the South Dakota team UNC played in this situation last year is transitioning from Division II and not yet eligible for post-season play. Last season, the Coyotes put a huge scare into the Tar Heels at the Smith Center before falling 75-69. This is of course the season finale for the Eagles, who have won 11 of their last 19 games after an 0-9 start....

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Heavily favored Tar Heels face a must-win game today against NCCU

Posted By on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Eleven ACC women's basketball teams played their final game before the post-season tournaments at some point during the ACC Tournament last week. Duke has, of course, clinched an NCAA bid as the conference's regular-season champion and three other teams - Florida State, Virginia and Georgia Tech - seem to be resting easy about their spot on the board when the NCAA Tournament bracket comes out tomorrow night. Nearly half a dozen more may or may not be on a "bubble." Only one has something left to add to the argument. That's UNC, which for the second straight year will play...

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Duke scores eight in the sixth, beats No. 11 North Carolina

Posted By on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 9:27 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM If you saw the box score from last night's game, you'd be in disbelief - #11 UNC beat Duke 21-9. Fast-forward eighteen hours, and its Duke with an eight-run inning in front of the largest crowd in Duke coach Sean McNally's tenure, and possibly in Duke Baseball history - the attendance is at 2,572. The crowd cheers on the Blue Devils to win this one, 15-11. Eric Pfisterer (2-1, 5.28 ERA coming into today) is on the mound for Duke at the start. Tar Heel starting pitcher Patrick Johnson (2-1, 1.42 ERA coming into today)...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Tar Heels outslug Blue Devils in ACC conference opener at DBAP

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:00 PM

DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK/DURHAM The ACC baseball conference season starts tonight, and they seem to make schedules a lot differently in this sport than in most others. Duke, which has moved 18 home games to the Durham Bulls' digs this season and is playing many of the rest at USA Baseball's Coleman Field in Cary, is hosting archrival UNC tonight in the opener of their three-game series. Yep, the weekend of the ACC Basketball Tournament. And the rains seem to be ending just in time for the first pitch. The Tar Heels, who are looking for their fifth straight...

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Tar Heels' ACC season ends with a whimper

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 2:29 AM

For a half, North Carolina made everyone forget. Or, at least if one were inclined to forget, the possibility was open. The struggling Tar Heels held a 10-point lead at halftime against Georgia Tech in the opening round of the ACC Tournament, but they crumbled in the second half and fell to the Yellow Jackets 62-58. The loss knocked the Heels out of the tournament and officially ended the Heels’ chances of earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament, though entering the weekend essentially no one expected them to win the ACC title. Carolina’s primary issue in this game...

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State outlasts Clemson; Farnold Degand has his senior night

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 12:26 AM

"Guts." That was Sidney Lowe's summary of why N.C. State knocked off Clemson, 59-57, in the first round of the ACC tournament. In a very physical game in which the refs' calls were few and random, the Pack was stronger physically and mentally. Interesting that Lowe brought Tracy Smith and Farnold Degand to the media room. (I'm listening on the radio after seeing the game on TV.) Smith played big, as did Richard Howell. Nice game by C.J. Williams too. In fact, nice game by the State guards, who stood up to Clemson's pressure and -- yes, there were...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Peters and pipes pickpocket a peck of prickly Penguins

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Newbie Brian Pothier and call-up Justin Peters were the heroes tonight as Pothier scored his first Hurricane goal in dramatic fashion 23 seconds into overtime against the defending Stanley Cup champs. Peters backstopped the ‘Canes to a 4-3 win with a 37-save performance. I’m sure you all enjoyed Jeff Hamlin’s Ottawa recap last week (and David’s far less ridiculous headline) and I have to say, it gave me a little hope. Had I really been so out of it that I hadn’t realized how far this recent surge propelled the Hurricanes forward? No other team can top the ‘Canes’...

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Stewart, Safi and Trialist No. 16: RailHawks show veteran team and intriguing new faces in 4-1 stroll over NC State

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:47 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—The first thing we saw last night was a red-clad team that looked like the N.C. State Wolfpack. Then we saw a team that was neither the Wolfpack nor the Carolina RailHawks. Closer observation revealed that the New England Revolution were in town, finishing up a light workout on their first day of training in Cary in advance of next week's friendly versus the RailHawks. The Revolution left the field and soon RailHawks began showing up in twos and threes. Warmups began. It was good to see Matt Watson on his feet again after that broken leg from...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eagles' Wilkerson is All-Independent

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

N.C. Central junior C.J. Wilkerson has been named first-team Division I All-Independent and also the independents' newcomer of the year. The team was selected in a vote of sports information directors and head coaches. Wilkerson averaged 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the Eagles this season. Seattle forward Charles Garcia was selected as player of the year and Seattle's Cameron Dollar is coach of the year. Longwood's Dana Smith and Antwan Carter and SIU-Edwardsville's Mark Yelovich are on the first team with Wilkerson and Garcia....

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Miller leads NCCU to 11th victory

Posted By on Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Give the Eagles that bronze medal. N.C. Central finished third in the Longwood women's basketball tournament, taking out Seattle 62-58 behind 24 points from Joanna Miller (pictured). Latoya Bennett added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Joli Robinson's Eagles (11-17), who have their best record during their three seasons on the five-year transition track from NCAA Division II to Division I. Danielle DeBerry added 10 points for NCCU. Ashley Brown led Seattle (6-24) with 21 points, followed by Tatiana Heck with 16 and Elle Kerfoot 12. The Eagles end their season on March 14 at UNC....

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Pack men grind up BC, finish the conference tied with light-blue team

Posted By on Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Being Dennis Horner was an excellent thing on Senior Day. The N.C. State senior broke out with 11 points in the final seven minutes of the game against Boston College, helping turn a tight defensive struggle into a 12-point Wolfpack romp. The final: 66-54, State. Horner finished with 14 points and left to a "Den-nis Hor-ner, Den-nis Hor-ner" serenade from the fans, who watched him get everything out of his game that was there over four solid years, the first three as a dependable sub and this year as a steady-contributing starter. Another day at the office for...

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Third time's the charm for Duke as State's glass slipper doesn't fit

Posted By on Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's finals day at the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, and for the ninth time in its 11 seasons in Greensboro there are two North Carolina teams in the championship game. One of two very different stories is going to be written today. The most likely one is "Third Time's the Charm!" That means Duke, which is ranked No. 9 nationally and the tournament's top seed, beats N.C. State and wins for the first time in Joanne P. McCallie's three straight trips to the final. The other is "The Glass Slipper fits!" That means first-year Wolfpack coach Kellie...

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Duke 82, UNC 50: Old ghosts and current standbys

Posted By on Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM

DURHAM, N.C.—The UNC Tar Heels struck first Saturday night against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, taking the first lead of the game on a made Marcus Ginyard free throw. It was their only lead. Duke’s Schmingler—the composite scoring machine of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, whose combined 65 points alone would have bested the Tar Heels by 15—hit consecutive three-pointers, launching a masterful run that put them up by 22 points less than 11 minutes into the contest. And when the game clock expired, ending what’s been an often-surprising ACC regular season for both squads, Duke...

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eagles fall at Longwood, head to consolation game against Seattle

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

N.C. Central didn't play well as it tried to sweep its two-game season series with Longwood. At least there's a consolation game. Chelsea Coward's 19 points and 11 rebounds led three players in double figures as the host Lancers claimed a 67-43 victory at Willett Hall, advancing to the title game of their own tournament on Sunday at 4:30. Shanise Blanks (pictured) paced NCCU (10-17) with 12 points, followed by Latoya Bennett with 11 points and Joanna Miller with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Longwood (9-19) got 17 points from Krystal Garrison and 13 from Crystal Smith. The Lancers, who...

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Gartrell, Wolfpack come back to top BC, get another shot at Duke

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 8:05 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Somebody wants to write a Cinderella story out of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament this season, and the candidate is going to come out of this second semifinal game. Waiting in tomorrow's 1 p.m. title contest will be No. 8 Duke, which has played in the last two conference finals and knows exactly what the finals are all about. Those candidates for the glass slipper are No. 6 seed N.C. State, a team common wisdom says is headed for the NCAA Tournament no matter what happens today, and No. 7 seed Boston College, which just needs to keep...

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Duke whips Georgia Tech again, now hopes third time's the charm in final

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Here at the semifinals of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, this is the side of the bracket that has gone according to form. Top-seeded Duke is actually supposed to be here, as is No. 4 seed Georgia Tech. Both of these teams are certainly going to the NCAA Tournament no matter what goes down before sunset tomorrow. The ninth-ranked Blue Devils got through the expected war with Maryland in the quarterfinals, while almost-ranked Georgia Tech came back to take out morning crowd favorite Wake Forest. The Blue Devils won the regular-season meeting 64-50 on Feb. 19 at Cameron...

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Eagles visit Longwood tourney today

Posted By on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 2:01 AM

Independent college basketball teams obviously don't play in conference tournaments, and many of them aren't eligible for NCAA post-season play. So Longwood (8-19) has put together an end-of-season mirror event on its home court, and N.C. Central is part of it. The Eagles (10-16), who beat the Lancers 74-66 Feb. 26 in Durham, will take them on again today at about 4:30 p.m. at Willett Hall. That follows a 2 p.m. contest between easy tournament favorite Florida Gulf Coast (22-6) and Seattle (6-22), both of whom like NCCU are still on the reclassification track from NCAA Division II to Division...

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Wolfpack gets past Wright, Virginia to claim spot in ACC semifinals

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 11:44 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's the final game of the second four-game day at the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, and this promises to be a good one. No. 24 Virginia (21-8) is definitely headed for the NCAA Tournament in a couple of weeks, while N.C. State (18-12) seems to be in the "probable" category. Unfortunately with the way the schedule goes in the 12-team conference they ran into each other only once this season, and the result was a 73-60 Cavalier win in Charlottesville on Jan. 27. And there will be at least one really interesting personnel matchup. Virginia boasts senior Monica...

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BC becomes the ACC Tourney Cinderella with balanced upset of Seminoles

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's another battle in the "maroon bracket" of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament as No. 7 seed Boston College, having dispatched Virginia Tech in Thursday's first round, will take on No. 2 seed Florida State. Everything is set for a Seminole victory. They're ranked No. 8 nationally. They've won eight straight games since their visit to Duke. And they've never lost to Sylvia Crawley's Eagles. On paper, it looks like a very easy win. But don't forget we're going to play tonight on wood. And wood sometimes hurts when you fall on it. FSU gets an awful break...

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Top-seeded Blue Devils survive and advance against pesky Maryland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM This is the kind of matchup that more frequently occurs in the championship game of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, or at least in the semifinals. Not this year. Defending conference champion Maryland is the No. 9 seed and has already eliminated preseason conference favorite UNC in women's basketball's version of a "Group of Death." Today's opponent is top-seeded No. 9 Duke, which has played in the last two finals and looks for its first title in six seasons and the first under Joanne P. McCallie. Duke won both regular-season meetings - 58-57 in College Park on Jan....

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Duke's Thomas leads ACC All-Academic

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Duke junior guard Jasmine Thomas has received the annual Kay Yow Award as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Thomas is currently averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals. She was earlier named a third-team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine. Thomas is one of four Blue Devils on the squad, which includes grad student Keturah Jackson, senior Bridgette Mitchell and freshman Allison Vernerey. N.C. State placed two players in senior Brittany Strachan and freshman Marissa Kastanek. Others named are Boston College senior Ayla Brown and grad student Brittanny Johnson; Maryland freshmen Tianna...

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Georgia Tech comeback ousts Deacons; NCAA invite talks heating up

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's the second edition of "Brunch at the ACC," with scrappy No. 5 seed Wake Forest taking on No. 4 seed Georgia Tech in an 11 a.m. quarterfinal in front of thousands of enthusiastic middle-schoolers. Tech, which has nailed down a spot in the NCAA Tournament, is the nominal favorite after a 22-8 regular season and a 72-66 win over the Deacons on Jan. 14 in Atlanta. Just how close the Deacons of Coach Mike Petersen (pictured) are to an NCAA bid at this spot is anyone's guess. A win today would certainly strengthen the case, while a...

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Don't look now, but the Hurricanes have won seven straight and sit seven points out of the playoffs

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Kate Shefte couldn't catch tonight's Hurricanes game, so Jeff Hamlin stepped in to file this report. Kate will return when the Hurricanes next play at home, March 11 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—There was some scoreboard watching among Carolina Hurricanes fans at the RBC Center on Thursday night. Not for playoff implications, mind you, but to see how some familiar names fare in their new towns and uniforms. Certainly, there was enough to enjoy from the home team. Tom Kostopoulous and Rod Brind'Amour opened with consecutive goals in the first period, and the Canes cruised past Ottawa 4-1...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Holston, Wolfpack break away down the stretch to take out Clemson

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 11:39 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM During football season they call this matchup the "Textile Bowl" between the two largest land-grant institutions in the Carolinas. N.C. State will be looking for revenge against Clemson in the nightcap of the first round of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. It was at Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan. 31 where the Wolfpack played its worst game of the season in a 69-56 loss. Kellie Harper's 17-12 club may need to win this one to start nailing down an invite to the NCAA Tournament. Clemson, coached by NCSU alumna Cristy McKinney, is 13-17 and is the only team in...

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Boston College gets revenge against Hokies, eyes FSU rematch

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's a battle between former Big East rivals Boston College and Virginia Tech in what turns out to be the "maroon" bracket of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, since the winner will advance to a Friday night quarterfinal against Florida State. BC is looking for revenge, since the Hokies won their only regular-season meeting 69-64 on Feb. 21 in Blacksburg. The Eagles are seeded No. 7 and the Hokies No. 10, but they're evenly matched at 15-14 each. BC, which on its best day of the season upset Duke, is looking to redeem itself for a shaky regular...

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