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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

K. Thomas' double-double leads Duke over James Madison

Posted by on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Krystal Thomas had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, leading four Duke players in double figures as the No. 5 Blue Devils smacked host James Madison 75-58.

Duke center Krystal Thomas
Freshman Chelsea Gray came off the bench for a game-high 15 points for Duke (7-0), which got 14 points from Karima Christmas and 11 from Jasmine Thomas.

Dawn Evans had 20 points for the losing Dukes, while Lauren Jimenez added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Duke, which led 43-32 at halftime, shot 46.9 percent to 36.4 for the hosts and outrebounded them 39-30.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Duke hits the road to take on Dukes tonight

Posted by on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Fresh off moving up one spot in the Associated Press poll, Duke continues its four-game road swing tonight with yet another tough challenge.

Duke guard Jasmine Thomas
The No. 5 Blue Devils will be in Harrisonburg, Va., tonight at 7 to take on James Madison, which boasts one of the nation’s top scorers in sharpshooter Dawn Evans.

Duke leads the all-time series 5-1.

Senior guard Jasmine Thomas leads the Blue Devils with 15.8 points and 4.0 assists per game.

Following tonight’s game, the Blue Devils will travel to Wisconsin for their Thursday night game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Stars handle listless Hurricanes

Posted by on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 10:24 PM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—We expected a learning curve this season for the young Carolina Hurricanes, but what we're getting is a learning zig-zag. For every 7-goal outburst, there has been the outing in which the Canes simply haven't looked competitive. Tonight's 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars was, unfortunately, the latter.

James Neal scored twice and Kari Lehtonen handled all but one of 28 mostly long-range shots as Dallas took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference's Pacific Division. Carolina, uninspired by the fact that the game was nationally televised on Versus, seemed content to watch the Stars play, remaining a distant fourth in the Southeast.

"It's been kind of up and down all year. We're kind of treading water in around that red line of the playoffs," Eric Staal noted. "We have to find ways to get above that line."

Early on, the contest was a forecheck display as the Canes chose to dump the puck straight at Lehtonen rather than into the corners or hard around the boards. Gradually, however, the Stars' transition game asserted itself. Their first line of Neal, Brad Richards, and Loui Eriksson dominated throughout, clamping down on the Carolina zone midway through the first period to produce the first goal. From the dot to Cam Ward's left, Neal sniped a feed from Eriksson, who won the puck behind the net.

Eric Staal provided the lone bright spot in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Dallas added a goal just after a Carolina power play expired early in the second period. Steve Ott banged in a centering feed from Jamie Benn as tired Canes forwards circled above the play, hoping Ward would do the dirty work for them. Not even two minutes later the Stars struck again. Neal wired a pass from Nicklas Grossman, who carried the puck past most of Carolina's skaters through the neutral zone.

Staal awakened the crowd and his team with a terrific individual play during a 4-on-4 sequence near the middle of the period. Blowing through a passive Grossman along the boards, Staal barged down the wing and roofed the puck over Lehtonen for the only home goal. Coach Paul Maurice juggled his top lines for much of the remainder of the period, restoring Chad LaRose and Sergei Samsonov to Staal's wings, and moving Erik Cole down to skate with Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner in an attempt to spark a scoring flurry. But Dallas' backcheck took their two-goal lead to the second intermission.

After a Jamie Benn goal set the final score, Tim Gleason unloaded some frustration on Adam Burish, decking him in front of the home bench. Steve Ott's reaction set off a scrum, but the resulting Carolina power play showed none of the intensity that it did last Friday when it tallied three times against Boston's league-leading penalty kill.

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Duke kicker Snyderwine a first-team All-American

Posted by on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Duke kicker Will Snyderwine has been named to the first team of the American Football Coaches Association All-America squad.

Duke kicker Will Snyderwine
With the selection Snyderwine became the first Blue Devil in 21 years and 17th overall to be named a first-team All-American.

The redshirt junior from Potomac, Md., hit all 32 of his PAT attempts and 21 of 24 field-goal tries this season. He ranked sixth in field goals per game with 1.75. For his career he has hit 38 of 44 field-goal attempts and all 56 of his extra points.

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Wolfpack's Bryan repeats while teammate Irving and UNC's Coples also make first-team All-ACC

Posted by on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

N.C. State tight end George Bryan was named to the first team of the All-ACC football squad, one of just five repeat members of the first team selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

N.C. State tight end George Bryan
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  • N.C. State tight end George Bryan
Bryan was one of three Triangle-area players named to the first unit, joined by teammate Nate Irving at linebacker and UNC’s Quinton Coples at defensive tackle.

The three Triangle schools had six players named to the second team, five of them on the offensive side of the ball. Those honorees include N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson and wideout Owen Spencer; Duke wideout Conner Vernon and kicker Will Snyderwine; and UNC offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and linebacker Bruce Carter.

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Lucas named ACC player of the week after splash in Hawaii

Posted by on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

UNC senior guard Italee Lucas has been named ACC women’s basketball player of the week following her MVP performance as the Tar Heels breezed to the championship of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

UNC guard Italee Lucas
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  • UNC guard Italee Lucas
Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas was named rookie of the week.

Lucas, who won the award for the first time, averaged 20.3 points per game including a season-high 25 in the semifinal game with Illinois as the Tar Heels blew away Washington State, the Illini and then Hawaii in the final.

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Tar Heels complete trio of routs to win Hawaii tournament

Posted by on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

UNC may have begun its women’s basketball season with a homestand against four pretty easy opponents, but if there were any questions about the No. 14 Tar Heels being “for real” they should be gone after their trip to Hawaii.

UNC forward Jessica Breland
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  • UNC forward Jessica Breland
Jessica Breland led the way with 19 points, followed by Italee Lucas with 15 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 14 as the Tar Heels demolished Hawaii 91-57 for the championship of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

The 7-0 Tar Heels, who have won so far by an average of 44.6 points, also destroyed Washington State and Illinois in Honolulu.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tar Heels push past Charleston

Posted by on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 9:43 PM

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DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Well, you have to say this much for North Carolina: The Tar Heels’ 2010-11 season won’t be exactly like last year. Facing the same Charleston club that demoralized them a year ago, the Heels earned some hard-fought redemption over the Cougars tonight in a 74-69 victory.

Sophomore big man John Henson was the hero. Maligned for his lack of offense — and especially his horrifying free throw shooting — Henson stepped up to get 19 points (8-for-11 field goals), seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He was the club’s most efficient player on both ends, hitting crucial baskets in a tight game during the closing minutes.

Another sophomore, guard Dexter Strickland, hit 3-for-5 from the field and played defense that Roy Williams called “fantastic.” Though Charleston star Andrew Goudelock scored 28 points, the Heels held the Cougars to 38 percent shooting for the game and just 30 percent on threes.

After a cold first half, UNC itself shot a strong 53 percent from the floor in the second half. Still, no one is going to call these Tar Heels good shooters, so defensive efforts such as the one tonight must become the norm. And guarding better opponents obviously will be more difficult.

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Tar Heels in Hawaii final while Wolfpack heads home after finishing fourth in Nevada

Posted by on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 12:43 AM

UNC will be playing for the championship of a holiday tournament tonight, while N.C. State is heading home after finishing last in another one.

UNC forward Jessica Breland
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  • UNC forward Jessica Breland
Italee Lucas’ 25 points led four players in double figures for the 14th-ranked Tar Heels as they crushed Illinois 87-58 in the quarterfinals of the Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu. UNC will take on Hawaii for the title at 12:01 Monday morning EST.

Meanwhile in Reno, Nev., Leah Cotton came off the bench for a career-high 25 points as the Gophers topped NCSU 71-67 in the consolation game of the Nugget Classic.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blue Devils climb out of deep hole to get past 49ers

Posted by on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Duke got away with its worst shooting performance of the season, going just 29.7 percent for the game in a 61-55 victory at UNC Charlotte.

Duke guard Jasmine Thomas
Jasmine Thomas led the way with a season-high 19 points for the No. 6 Blue Devils as Coach Joanne P. McCallie had her team get off to a 6-0 start for the first time in her career.

Krystal Thomas added 10 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots for the Blue Devils, who also got a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds from their fellow senior Karima Christmas.

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