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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DeShields, Tar Heels become only local team in Sweet 16 this year

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Photo courtesy ACCWBB DIgest/Dana E. WarrenDiamond DeShields hits an open layup against Michigan State.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL There’s only one college basketball team from the Triangle still playing. And the young women’s squad from UNC, a rare team without a senior, gets one more home game in an attempt to get on an NCAA Tournament roll. The Tar Heels (25-9), seeded No. 4 in the Stanford Regional, will take on No. 5 seed Michigan State (23-9), and it will be interesting to see if their first-round games here carry over at all. UNC needed something close to a miracle to beat...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

DePaul's 3-point barrage gives Duke seniors a painful exit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Photo courtesy Orin Day/ACCWBB DigestDePaul’s Centrese McGee (23) and Jasmine Perry (31) fight Duke’s Elizabeth Williams for a rebound. Duke’s No. 32 is Tricia Liston.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It gets a little more serious for Duke tonight. The Blue Devils, seeded No. 2 in the Lincoln Regional, blasted an outgunned Winthrop team by 42 points in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. But tonight’s opponent is Big East champion and No. 7 seed DePaul, which also has a 28-6 record and plays a somewhat similar level of opposition all season. Duke has made the Elite Eight round of...

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tar Heels come from 18 back to win a crazy one against UT Martin

Posted By on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Photo courtesy Orin Day/ACCWBB DigestUNC players celebrate after their 18-point comeback. (L-R) Diamond DeShields, Danielle Butts, Allisha Gray, Stephanie Mavunga, Latifah Coleman, Jessica Washington.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC takes the floor in the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time, this time starting it without Sylvia Hatchell on the sidelines. The coach has been battling leukemia all season and was hoping to be on the bench to start the tournament, but she isn’t quite ready. So veteran associate head coach Andrew Calder will direct the freshman-laden Tar Heels, who are ranked No. 12 in the country and boasting a 24-9 record without...

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Duke comes out on all cylinders, blows away Winthrop

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the beginning of the final run for Duke’s senior class, which came in as the nation’s top recruiting group and hasn’t disappointed. Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Richa Liston enter their final NCAA Tournament hoping to get to their only Final Four, unfortunately with classmate Chelsea Gray on the bench with a season-ending kneecap injury and guard Chloe Wells no longer on the roster.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives for a layup. Duke’s No. 1 is Elizabeth Williams, and Winthrop’s No. 22 is Dequesha McClanahan. The Blue Devils (27-6) have a No. 2 seed — the...

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Newcomer Irish need no luck, blow by Duke to win ACC Tournament

Posted By on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 11:05 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Duke gets a chance to repeat as ACC Women’s Basketball champion tonight, but to get that done the Blue Devils will have to slay Goliath. Notre Dame (31-0) won both regular-season meetings with No. 10 Duke by a total of 31 points, and the intrepid Blue Devils are down to their fourth point guard.Photo by A.N. OnymousDuke's Tricia Liston had a tough night, but was still named first team All-Tournament. But Duke (27-5) is coming off a brilliant 66-61 win over archrival UNC in Saturday’s nightcap following a 30-point rout of Georgia Tech, and it’s fair to say...

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Anatomy of a grudge match: Duke’s win over Carolina in five acts

Posted By on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 4:21 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM - Act I: The Run-Up For weeks, since UNC came from behind to slap down Duke by 8 in Chapel Hill, the rematch has loomed large. Once confident Duke fans, who more recently saw their purported top-five team humiliated by a not very good Wake Forest team last Wednesday, have grown nervous, with visions of the terrible smack talk they will endure at the gym, office and corner store if the Blue Devils somehow lose at Cameron. Anything could happen. The Tar Heels are on a demi-tear, winners of twelve in a row, some precariously, but winning nonetheless....

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blue Devils get shot to defend ACC title against loaded Irish

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Photo courtesy Orin Day/ACCWBB DigestDuke’s junior guard Ka’lia Johnson, who has played more big minutes over the past two games than at any time in her career, celebrates the Blue Devil victory.GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Semifinals Day at the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and there’s good news and bad news for Triangle fans. Good news is that all the local teams — No. 14 N.C. State, No. 10 Duke and No. 13 UNC — are still alive and kicking. The bad news is that No. 2 newcomer Notre Dame with its 30-0 record is licking its chops to spoil the party....

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Pack, Devils, Heels all gain ACC women's semifinals

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Day Three of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and only NCAA Tournament-bound teams are left. Good news around the Triangle is that all three local teams are still around, although two of them got the double-byes to this point.Photo by Chris BairdNotre Dame's Taya Reimer drives to the hoop against Florida State. The first-session crowd materializes — although it’s much smaller than it would have been — despite the ice storm that seems to have paralyzed the Triad. The first game will see No. 4 seed and No. 14 ranked N.C. State (24-6) take on No. 5...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Favored teams manage to survive Thursday's ACC Tourney action

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 1:09 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s Day Two of the longest ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament ever, and today teams with winning records are in the house. So are the kids.Photo by Chris BairdUNC’s Diamond DeShields goes under the hoop for a layup. UNC’s No. 1 is Stephanie Mavunga. It’s the first of two days in which there are 11 a.m. “Education Day” contests, with youngsters bused in from Guilford county and surrounding school districts. The noisy one will have a lot of Orange, as Syracuse (21-8) makes its ACC Tournament debut against Clemson (13-18). The Tigers ended Virginia Tech’s WNIT hopes with a...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Deacons, Cavaliers, Tigers survive ACC first-round games

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Photo courtesy Orin Day/ACCWBB Digest Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby skies for a layup. The Deacons’ No. 2 is Jill Brunori. Pitt’s No. 0 is Asia Logan and No. 51 is Cora McManus.GREENSBORO COLISEUM The 37th ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, the biggest such tournament in the conference’s history, begins this afternoon with three games including one in a night session. With the infamous “double bye” for the 15-team field No. 10-ranked Duke and No. 14-ranked N.C. State won’t even play until Friday, while No. 13-ranked UNC will take to the court on Thursday at 8. Today’s program features all the teams...

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