N.C. State senior guard Amber White tied with Wake Forest’s Brittany Waters for the final ACC women’s basketball player of the week honor of the season.
White averaged 24.3 points, six rebounds, 5.3 assists and three steals per game in home-court upsets of UNC and Boston College and an overtime road loss to the Deacons. She scored a career-high 33 points in the regular-season finale at Wake on Sunday.
Over the span she was 35-for-45 at the free-throw line, hitting a school-record 17 of 18 in the Wake game.
Carolina’s opportunity owes to its own success as well as Virginia Tech’s win over Duke on Saturday night, moving the Blue Devils to 12-2. Next Saturday’s primetime showdown in Chapel Hill therefore will carry stakes beyond the emotions driving the rivalry.
Against the Terrapins, Carolina started fast. Harrison Barnes drilled three three-pointers in the opening minutes of the game, and UNC took a 12-point lead into halftime. The game became sloppy in the second half, as both teams made defensive mistakes and committed costly turnovers. And still, despite the defensive lapses and the high final score, neither team shot better than 41 percent from the field.
Tyler Zeller continues to make a strong case for first-team all-conference. He shot 10-for-16 and finished with 25 points. Barnes went cold from the field but plowed away for a total of 21 points. Meanwhile, John Henson did his usual Doctor Octopus thing, going for 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks. Although Maryland's stud scorer Jordan Williams accrued 16 points and 19 rebounds of his own, Henson enjoyed some very good defensive moments against him.
The starting backcourt of Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland combined for only 10 points, but they handed out 18 assists with only five turnovers.
Both N.C. State and UNC will play Thursday night, with the No. 10 seed Wolfpack (13-16) taking on No. 7 seed Boston College (18-11) at 6 p.m. followed by No. 6 seed UNC (22-7) against No. 11 seed Clemson (10-19) at 8.
The Wolfpack split its regular-season series with the Eagles, winning in a mild upset 80-69 on Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum. UNC will be heavily favored over the Tigers.
Defending champion and top-seeded Duke (26-3) won’t play until Friday at 3, when it takes on the winner of Thursday’s 3 p.m. first-round contest between No. 9 seed Wake Forest (14-16) and No. 8 seed Virginia (16-14).
And the fans are sure to get a heck of a show as the No. 9 Blue Devils (25-3, 11-2 ACC) host the No. 13 Tar Heels (22-6, 8-5) in the final ACC regular-season game of the campaign.
Duke has won two straight games while UNC has lost three in a row. But the Tar Heels’ last big victory was on Feb. 7 at Carmichael Auditorium when they held off the Blue Devils for a 62-60 win.
Duke is playing for the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, which begins on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. If the Blue Devils lose, Miami will be seeded No. 1 and Duke No. 2. The Tar Heels will be the No. 6 seed regardless of today’s outcome.
Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas are the seniors playing their final regular-season home game for the Blue Devils.
It’s another hard-fought Battle of the Blues, but Duke is stronger over the last 12 minutes and picks up the 66-58 victory.
N.C. State’s hopes to go into the ACC women’s basketball tournament on a four-game winning streak disappeared Sunday, as host Wake Forest got revenge for an earlier loss with a 100-94 overtime victory over the Wolfpack.
State (13-16, 4-10) lost any hope of going to the WNIT and will have to win the ACC tournament to get an automatic NCAA berth and extend its season past March 6.
There is no equivalent in hockey to baseball's closer, but Hurricanes fans wish there were.
So there's good news and bad news.
The good news is that last week's additions of ex-Cane Cory Stillman and Derek Joslin are working out just fine, thank you very much. On Stillman's second shift Friday on a line with Erik Cole, he flung a perfect backhanded pass diagonally across the neutral zone to hit Cole in stride coming down the wing. Their immediate chemistry was startling, as Cole notched a goal and an assist against the Penguins and Stillman tallied versus Montreal.
It’s Big Four day in ACC women’s basketball, with the four in-state schools squaring off with traditional rivals as part of the six-game conference slate that will wrap up regular-season conference play.
The game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, which will be shown live national on FOX Sports Networks, is a sellout.
Defending conference champion Duke, which fell to the Tar Heels 62-60 on Feb. 7 in Chapel Hill, has won two straight games and with a victory would earn the top seed for the ACC Tournament beginning Thursday in Greensboro. Seniors Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas will play their final regular-season home game today.
The Tar Heels have dropped three straight games and will have either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the tournament depending upon today’s results.
The Wolfpack, which is on a three-game winning streak, must extend the streak to six to qualify for the WNIT. Kellie Harper’s club could be seeded anywhere from No. 7 to No. 11 for the ACC Tournament depending on the results of the conference’s games today.
State, which won the teams’ earlier meeting 80-59 on Jan. 10 in Raleigh, leads the series with the Deacons 60-9.
RALEIGH—The Hurricanes improved their pool of forwards on Thursday, bringing left winger Cory Stillman back into the fold from the Florida Panthers. And they might not be done yet.
“This was a good opportunity for us to add some experience,” said general manager Jim Rutherford in a team press release. “Cory adds more depth to our forward lines and we are familiar with what he is capable of doing offensively.”
Ryan Carter heads to Florida, along with a fifth-round draft pick in next year's draft. Carter provided some toughness and a good hand in the faceoff circle, but pitched in only three assists in the 32 games he played in red and white after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks before Thanksgiving.
Duke locked up a very good seed in the ACC women’s basketball tournament on the road Thursday night, while UNC dropped its third straight game and won’t get a first-round bye in Greensboro.
Meanwhile the No. 13 Tar Heels (22-6, 8-5) suffered some Senior Night heartbreak in a 64-57 loss at the hands of visiting Georgia Tech, meaning the Yellow Jackets won’t be playing on Thursday and the Tar Heels will.
REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State clearly has some late-season momentum in women’s basketball, and to make anything out of it the Wolfpack just has to keep it going.
But if the Wolfpack (12-15, 3-9) doesn’t pull off a mild upset tonight, the only way it’s going to post-season play is to win the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro.
Amber White and Brittany Strachan, who will get the start tonight, are honored with framed jerseys in the Senior Night ceremony as is Hanna Halteman, who had to sit out her final season after a series of concussions.
BC won the teams’ first meeting of the season 77-67 on Jan. 20 in Chestnut Hill.
This time the Wolfpack gets revenge, taking the taller Eagles down with an 80-69 win.