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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kizer, Terps knock Tar Heels out of tourney; selection drama next

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Anyone who bought book tickets to the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament a few months ago could not have predicted she or he would be watching this. It's the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game on Thursday afternoon and two of the three recent powers, UNC and Maryland, are playing for a chance to play top-seeded Duke in the same 3 p.m. time slot on Friday. UNC was favored to win the regular-season championship back before we learned star forward Jessica Breland was going to miss the season battling Hodgkin's disease. And while the Terps were rebuilding, most figured...

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McCallie ACC women's coach of year

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Duke's Joanne P. McCallie has been named ACC women's basketball coach of the year while Virginia's Monica Wright is player of the year in a vote of the league's Blue Ribbon Panel and coaches. It was the fifth conference coach of the year award for McCallie, who won the Big Ten honor at Michigan State in 2005, the America East honor at Maine in 1999 and the North Atlantic Conference honors at Maine in 1995 and 1996. Duke (24-5) won the ACC's regular-season title and is currently ranked No. 6 nationally. McCallie is 76-21 in three seasons at Duke. Wright...

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Balanced effort helps Deacons win ACC tourney opener with Miami in OT

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's the opening session of the 33rd ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, and already the balance in the conference is obvious. Miami (17-12) is the No. 12 seed in the 12-team event as it takes the floor against No. 5 seed Wake Forest (17-12), and the Hurricanes under Duke alumna Katie Meier may well be the best No. 12 seed team in the history of women's conference basketball tournaments. As always, the 11 a.m. games are games marketed heavily to area school children, and the arena is going to be full of elementary school kids. Conventional wisdom would have...

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Not so fast! USL to "re-establish" first division; Orlando to begin play in 2011

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM

"Don't count us out just yet," seems to be the message from the United Soccer Leagues today. As anticipated by early media reports, the USL-1 upped the ante in the ongoing struggle over the future of Division 2 soccer in North America. The league announced that Orlando will operate a USL-1 franchise beginning next season, as part of its plan to "re-establish" its first division, which is currently playing under the auspices of the U.S. Soccer Federation along with teams from the rival NASL. The new franchise will be operated by NY Empire Lacrosse, LLC and will be called the...

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Bracket toughens top-seeded Duke's road to ACC women's tourney title

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:01 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM If you look at the ACC women's basketball season as a whole, it's hard not to say Duke is a solid favorite to win the conference tournament that starts this morning at Greensboro Coliseum. The No. 1 seed Blue Devils are ranked No. 6 nationally and finished three games ahead of anybody except Florida State, a team they destroyed 73-43 during the regular season. But the problem for the Blue Devils is their bracket. Joanne P. McCallie's club has a bye today, then will play on Friday at 3 against the winner of today's 3 p.m. first-round...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

'Canes clean house at trade deadline

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM

There still may be a few buzzer-beater deadline trades the 'Canes haven't announced yet, but right now it seems as though the team has traded away everyone...except those it said it was trading away. As of right now, Ray Whitney is still a 'Cane despite rampant trade rumors to the contrary. Scott Walker and Joe Corvo are now members of the NHL-leading Washington Capitals, Aaron Ward is a Duck, Andrew Alberts is reportedly a Canuck and Stephane Yelle is floating out there in nowhere land, but he’s not with Carolina anymore. Jim Rutherford did what he wanted – dumping dead...

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Duke's Jackson named ACC all-defense

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Duke senior guard Keturah Jackson has been named to the five-player All-ACC defensive team in women's basketball. Virginia senior Monica Wright was named defensive player of the year on the team, selected by the league's 12 coaches. Other members of the team are Clemson's Lele Hardy, Miami's Shenise Johnson and Florida State's Jacinta Monroe. Jackson, a fifth-year senior and graduate student at Fuqua School of Business, has 70 steals in 29 games and is averaging 5.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists....

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Carolina triumphs over Miami on senior day

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 12:38 AM

CHAPEL HILL/SMITH CENTER — Finally, an exhale of relief. After struggling throughout ACC competition to string together two consecutive decent performances, North Carolina fought through its usual rough patches on Tuesday to defeat Miami 69-62 on senior night at the Smith Center. The victory gave the program its 2,000th of all-time, second only to Kentucky. Seniors Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson—two of the winningest players in program history—were able to receive a proper sendoff despite this unmitigated disaster of a season. Carolina actually threatened to break the game open early, but inevitably the Tar Heels committed a rush of...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kastanek, Vernerey ACC all-rookie

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 2:03 PM

N.C. State guard Marissa Kastanek has been named ACC women's basketball freshman of the year, leading the five-player ACC all-rookie team chosen by the Blue Ribbon Panel that also includes the league's coaches. Duke center Allison Vernerey, who did most of her work coming off the bench, was also selected to the team along with Wake Forest's Sandra Garcia, Maryland's Diandra Tchatchouang and Florida State's Chasity Clayton. Kastanek started 28 of 29 games for the Wolfpack - all except the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech on Senior Day - and averaged 10.7 points per game. She also hit 35.3 percent...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Duke's Thomas named to first team on All-ACC women's basketball squad

Posted By on Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Duke junior guard Jasmine Thomas is the only Triangle player named to the first unit of the All-ACC women's basketball team announced by commissioner John Swofford. UNC's Italee Lucas was named to the second team and teammate Cetera DeGraffenreid the third, while the Blue Devils' Joy Cheek was also selected to the third team. N.C. State sophomore Bonae Holston received honorable mention as did Virginia Tech's Utahya Drye, who played her high school ball at Northern Durham. Joining Thomas (pictured) on the first team are Virginia senior Monica Wright - who has received a post-season honor from the conference all...

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