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Duke hosts Terps, State hosts Clemson, UNC visits Ga. Tech as ACC women's play starts tonight

Posted by on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Jasmine Thomas has taken over in the final minutes to give Duke a pair of recent wins.

The ACC opens conference play in women’s basketball tonight, with two of the three area teams at home and all of them trying to extend winning streaks.

No. 3 Duke, No. 8 UNC and N.C. State will all be favorites, although none of their assignments could be described as easy.

Duke (14-0), which has recently made a habit of last-minute heroics to win at home, will play at home against bitter rival No. 18 Maryland (13-1), which is on a 12-game winning streak of its own. The game will be shown live on FSN South.

N.C. State (8-6) has won four straight heading into a visit from Clemson (7-8) in the ACC debut of new Tiger coach Itoro Coleman.

And UNC (14-0) will face its toughest road test of the season so far when the Tar Heels visit Georgia Tech (12-4), which has won nine straight after three losses to ranked opponents.

No. 3 Duke vs. No. 18 Maryland
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium]
WDNC 620.
Video: FSN South.
Records: Duke 14-0; Maryland 13-1.
Coaches’ records — Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 412-170, 96-22 at Duke; UM: Brenda Frese 267-104, 210-74 at Maryland.
Leading scorers — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 14.9; UM: Lynetta Kizer12.8 .
Leading rebounders — Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.9; UM: Lynetta Kizer 7.6.
Assist leaders — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 3.4; UM: Dara Taylor 3.4.

N.C. State vs. Clemson
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum]
WKNC-FM 88.1.
Video: GoPack.com
Records: NCSU 8-6; Clemson 7-8.
Coaches’ records — NCSU: Kellie Harper 123-85, 28-20 at NCSU; CU: Itoro Coleman 7-8, 7-8 at CU.
Leading scorers — NCSU: Bonae Holston 14.9; CU: Kirstyn Wright 12.8.
Leading rebounders — NCSU: Bonae Holston 8.4; CU: Jasmine Tate 7.5.
Assist leaders — NCSU: Amber White 3.4; CU: Bryelle Smith 4.8.

No. 8 UNC vs. Georgia Tech
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta]
WCHL 1360.
Records: UNC 14-0; Georgia Tech 12-4.
Coaches’ records — UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 845-294, 572-214 at UNC; GT: MaChelle Joseph 141-90 at GT.
Leading scorers — UNC: Italee Lucas 18.1; GT: Alex Montgomery 14.8.
Leading rebounders — UNC: Jessica Breland 8.1; GT: Alex Montgomery 8.6.
Assist leaders — UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 6.5; GT: Metra Walthour 3.9.

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