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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tar Heels stay perfect, Blue Devils hold on in Top 10

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

There's a saying out there that "All good things must come to an end," and that was true this week in Triangle ACC women's basketball. N.C. State lost twice and Duke lost once, all on the road. And none was really an upset. So that leaves UNC as the only team with a chance to get through the 2014 portion of the schedule without a loss. But both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils got good news when the AP poll came out. UNC moved all the way up to sixth place from No. 11 after upsetting Stanford, while...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Everybody stays perfect as Tar Heels, Wolfpack repel challenges

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The second week of the season for the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams was a lot similar to the first - with all the marks going into the left column. But there were a couple of close calls, as No. 11 UNC (3-0) had to fight in the final minute to hold off No. 21 Oklahoma State 79-77 on Sunday after N.C. State (4-0) was able to hold off pesky High Point 66-62 on Friday night. No. 8 Duke (3-0) has been pretty much cruising so far. This week should get a lot tougher for everybody. The Wolfpack visits...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

So far, so good for Triangle ACC women's hoops

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

By all accounts, the opening of the ACC women's basketball season was a great success in the Triangle. No. 7 Duke opened with an explosion, annihilating a middling Alabama team 90-40 on the road Sunday night. No. 13 UNC started 2-0, having to work harder to escape upstart Howard than No. 23 UCLA. And work-in-progress N.C. State escaped challenges from a couple of Historically Black colleges in eventually comfortable wins over Tennessee State and Coppin State. The Blue Devils' week Any doubt that the Blue Devils are a Top 10 team should have been put to bed...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

High hopes all around as ACC women's hoops tip off today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

All three of the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams should be very good again this season. And if that sounds like a broken record, that's OK. Duke (28-7, 12-4 ACC last season) comes into the campaign ranked No. 7 nationally in the AP poll, while UNC (27-10, 10-6) is No. 13 and N.C. State (25-8, 11-5) received the fifth highest number of points of unranked squads. The Blue Devils are picked second in the ACC, the Tar Heels fourth and the Wolfpack ninth. The campaign starts today at 4 at Carmichael Arena, when UNC takes on Howard (11-20)...

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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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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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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Peters hits season-high 22 as Blue Devils top Wake again

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Courtesy Orin Day/DWHoops.comHaley Peters drives down court on Senior Night. Wake’s No. 25 is Dearica Hamby while No. 5 is Chelsea Douglas. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its Senior Night looking much different from how it did at the beginning of the season. The Blue Devils no longer have a natural point guard on scholarship. Alexis Jones joined Chelsea Gray with an ACL injury during Sunday’s game at Notre Dame. And Chloe Wells, who is missing her 10th game after suffering a bruised shin, is not introduced in pregame ceremonies along with Gray, Tricia Liston, Haley Peters and Richa...

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"We call that a go": Marcus Paige leads UNC men's basketball past N.C. State in overtime thriller

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Photo by Adam David Kissick UNC guard Marcus Paige vies with N.C. State guard Tyler Lewis, PNC Arena, February 26, 2014 PNC ARENA/RALEIGH—You can probably spend your whole morning reading stories about UNC-Chapel Hill guard Marcus Paige, about Marcus Paige and North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren, about the they in last night's seesawing, palm-sweating, 85-84 overtime victory by the Tar Heels over the Wolfpack. I hope you saw the game. You're not going to see a better one in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Paige and Warren combined for 71 points, 35 of them...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Duke Locks Down Virginia Tech 66-48

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Cameron Indoor Stadium / Durham – “Shell shocked,” said Virginia Tech basketball coach James Johnson, age 42, describing his young team’s play in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s game, during which the Blue Devils applied full-court pressure, denied interior passing, and held the Hokies to four points. Four. “Coach constantly tells me he thinks I can be a lockdown defender,” said Rasheed Sulaimon. The Duke guard stalked Virginia Tech point guard Devin Wilson like a hungry leopard for much of the game, pouncing on balls and gliding around the court in a terrifying wide-armed hunting crouch. His efforts...

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ailing Wolfpack steals a tough one against scrappy Virginia

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH It’s definitely a good test for N.C. State’s best team in a long time. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll with a flashy 22-5 record, but is coming off losses to its two biggest rivals in which State played very well each time.File photo by Greg Mintel/Courtesy NCSU athleticsKody Burke eyes the basket from outside. Today’s opponent is Virginia, a .500 team which is about where the Wolfpack was picked to finish in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coached by Duke alumna and former Blue Devil player Joanne Boyle. State comes into today’s...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

It's back: UNC men's basketball beats Duke

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Two seasons ago, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had a habit of saying. "It's what we do." He'd make sure to work this little phrase into post-game press conferences with regularity, and he could use it in the context of a number of different things. It was as if he was circling some ineffable something by returning to the phrase when there was an event or a feeling or a concept that needed to be acknowledged but had no precise definition. Maybe it was a sliding notion, or rather, maybe "it" was a sliding...

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Blue Devils dismiss Terps with surprisingly easy result

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Courtesy DWHoops.com/Orin DayRicha Jackson scoops a shot to the hoop.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the final scheduled regular-season meeting in a rivalry that has gotten awfully hot. Maryland (20-4, 8-3), ranked No. 8, makes its final visit to Duke (22-3, 9-2), ranked No. 7, as a member of the ACC before moving to the Big Ten next season. It’s the Terps’ third visit to the Triangle this season and nobody will return the visit. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are coming off a nightmarish 89-78 home-court loss to UNC seven days earlier. This time Duke gets an easy win, dominating the second...

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

All work: UNC men's basketball outlasts Pittsburgh

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Sportsfans, I hope you made a whole day and evening of it and, after you watched North Carolina hold off Pittsburgh for their sixth straight win, found a place to settle in at dinner time to watch Duke escape Maryland by little more than the width of the rim and Syracuse somehow edge North Carolina State almost in spite of themselves. This was one of the more scintillating days of local basketball you're likely to see, and UNC's hard-won mid-afternoon victory was just the soup appetizer in a three-course hoop prix fixe that ended nuts....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tar Heels brave the snow, demolish struggling Pitt

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Courtesy UNC Athletic Communications/Jeffrey A. CamaratiAllisha Gray gestures to a teammate while Xylina McDaniel (at rear) does the same.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL Yes, it is possible to play college basketball in Chapel Hill this week. UNC’s 17th-ranked women’s team (18-6, 6-4 ACC), fresh off its shocking upset at No. 3 Duke on Monday night, will take on new ACC member Pittsburgh in only the schools’ second meeting ever. Pitt is undergoing some growing pains, currently 10-14 and 2-8 in its first season under Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Suzie McConnell-Serio. But the Panthers’ plane landed at RDU at about 3 p.m....

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Goodwin-Coleman scores 1000th as Wolfpack earns sweep of Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:43 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State can reach a milestone the experts thought might not happen this season, and if it happens it will come way early.Photo courtesy NCSU Athletics/Greg MintelState’s Krystal Barrett drives against Wake’s Jill Brunori. First-year Wolfpack coach Wes Moore has exceeded all expectations in his first season at the helm, as State (19-3, 6-2 ACC) is ranked No. 14 in the country heading into tonight’s contest with ancient rival Wake Forest (12-10, 3-6). State, which had been picked 10th in the conference, has its highest ranking since the 2001 season. The Deacons are playing well with three wins...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Where you guys going?": UNC men's basketball beats Maryland

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL—I spent some time yesterday morning reading about Len Bias, the most (in)famous player in the history of Maryland basketball. I was thinking about Lefty Driesell, and Buck Williams, and Albert King, and Walt "The Wizard" Williams, and if you don't know who those people are you're helping to prove a point, massing here and illustrated thus: After UNC beat Maryland, 75-63, in one of the more boring games I've attended in quite some time (over early, in retrospect, after the Tar Heels raced out to an early 19-3 lead and then milked it for...

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The Nate James Effect: Duke grinds out 83-63 win over Wake Forest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—With fewer than 10 minutes left in the first half, the 11th-ranked Duke’s men’s basketball team was losing, 25-22, to an unranked Wake Forest team missing their best player to injury, when Nate James, the Blue Devils’ 36 year-old 6-foot-6-inch 200-pound assistant coach, squatted in front of Jabari Parker, the 18-year-old freshman sensation, who had been benched after a recent foul. At the time, Parker had two points, one rebound, and one turnover, and had been scored liberally upon inside first by Devin Thomas and then Tyler Cavanaugh. Parker nodded vaguely as James spoke, his eyes intent on the foul...

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Notre Dame rips Duke in No. 2 vs. No. 3 battle

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Super Sunday starts a little early for Triangle women’s basketball with a much-anticipated rematch. Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop.New ACC member Notre Dame, unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the country, visits No. 3 Duke today, and the Blue Devils have revenge on their minds. The last meeting came in last season’s regional final in Norfolk, with the Irish winning 87-76 to end the Blue Devils’ season in the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row. Notre Dame’s superstar from last season, point guard Skylar Diggins, is now in the...

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