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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Young Tar Heels play tough, but experienced Lady Vols still better

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Photo by Chris BairdBrittany Rountree drives against Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL There’s a little bit of sadness around this Top 20 women’s basketball game. When the contract for Tennessee to play last season and this one UNC was originally signed, the matchup was supposed to be between Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Sylvia Hatchell, who many long years ago was one of Summitt’s assistants with the Lady Vols. But a year and a half ago Summitt became the Vols’ head coach emeritus, as she resigned because of her Alzheimer’s disease. And then last month, Hatchell was diagnosed...

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Duke picked No. 1, UNC No. 4 and NCSU 10th on media day

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Indy file photoHall of Fame coaches Sylvia Hatchell of UNC and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma meet before their 2011 game in Chapel Hill. Hatchell will not begin the season on the sidelines for the Tar Heels as she battles leukemia.GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Duke has been a model of consistency in ACC women’s basketball for a couple of decades, and it has continued under Joanne P. McCallie as head coach. So even with the addition of a Final Four team to the mix, the Blue Devils still command plenty of respect in the conference. ACC media day was on Wednesday and Duke was...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lady Vols, Duke, State highlight Tar Heels' home schedule

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Home games against Tennessee, archrivals Duke and N.C. State, and Maryland’s final visit to Carmichael Arena as an ACC member highlight the 2013-14 UNC women’s basketball schedule released today. The schedule opens at home Nov. 8 against Air Force. The Tar Heels will host Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse as well as Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech will visit for conference games. The other non-conference home games are against Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Charleston Southern and High Point. Both Duke games will be broadcast nationally. The first is in Durham as part...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

McCallie: Blue Devils improving and healing in off-season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke has been a model of consistency in the top tier of women’s basketball for the last two decades, and in her six-year tenure as head coach Joanne P. McCallie has definitely kept that going. On Thursday she hosted a handful of area media for a luncheon to discuss the program’s most recent activities and introduce new assistant coach Hernando Plannells and new director of recruiting operations and former Blue Devil All-America center Michele Van Gorp. McCallie is 171-34 at Duke (457-180 overall) and has taken her team to the NCAA Elite Eight for four straight seasons....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Duke announces another tough non-conference women's slate

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

File photo by Chris BairdChelsea Gray will get a homecoming game in her senior season.Home games with Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic and Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge highlight the non-conference portion of Duke’s 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule announced today. In what has the potential to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, the Blue Devils will host the Huskies on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in a game to be shown on ESPN. The Purdue game is on Dec. 5. The Blue Devils will host several other big-name opponents in Alabama, Vanderbilt and Old Dominion. “We...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Moore looking for toughness in his first season at Wolfpack helm

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

BACKYARD BISTRO/RALEIGH Wes Moore doesn’t want to waste any time as he gets his N.C. State women’s basketball team ready for his first season at the helm.On Thursday he was the guest of honor at a media luncheon to discuss the upcoming season as well as the future, and brought his new assistant coaches to rub elbows with the media as well. The Wolfpack’s still-new slogan is “This Is Our State,” and to make that point in women’s basketball they still have a high hill to climb. Duke is probably going to be ranked No. 2 nationally to start the...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Irish, Terps will total five trips to Triangle this season

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Notre Dame will be visiting the Triangle twice and Maryland thrice according to the ACC’s 2013-24 women’s basketball scheduling parameters announced today. The conference announced its home-and-home matchups and the other six home opponents for each team in the 16-game schedule. The 2013 Big East champion Irish, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the conference for play in the fall. The ACC boasts four of the nation’s top five freshman recruiting classes, with Duke ranked No. 1, UNC No. 2, Maryland No. 4 and Notre Dame No. 5. This season will mark Wes Moore's debut as head coach at N.C. State....

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Duke, UNC women's hoops fly high; big changes leave Wolfpack a mystery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

So the college women’s basketball season is now behind us, and now that all the shouting was over Connecticut is once again the champion — taking out two future ACC members by impressive margins in the Final Four. Don’t worry. It will end someday. I lived in ACC country for the entire Wooden era. Blue Devils primed for a runDuke may very well be preseason No. 2 heading into next season. No more Brittney Griner to worry about, no more Skylar Diggins. Duke has that No. 1 recruiting class now rising seniors and a No. 2 class coming in as...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Mr. Wuf: Wes Moore takes reins as State women's hoop coach

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State held its press conference to introduce Wes Moore as its new head women’s basketball coach on Monday. Moore, 55, is the first male head women’s basketball coach at an ACC school in the Triangle. He had spent the previous nine seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga where he had the Mocs in the NCAA Tournament in nine of his 15 seasons. He was an assistant coach at State under the late Kay Yow, for whom the Reynolds Coliseum court is named, from 1993-95. Moore has 558 career wins (with 169 losses) including 29 this season. The former Francis Marion...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Duke fights hard, but Diggins leads Irish to big second half in 11-point win

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

CONSTANT CENTER/NORFOLK, Va. It’s Go Time for Duke in women’s basketball. For the fourth time in as many years the Blue Devils are playing for an NCAA Regional title, and although they’ll be underdogs against Notre Dame the odds aren’t prohibitive. ACC champion Duke (33-2) is seeded No. 2 and the Big East champion Irish (34-1) — who will join the ACC for next season — No. 1. Notre Dame has a national marquee player in senior point guard Skylar Diggins, who was named a first-team AP All-American earlier in the day. Duke’s Chelsea Gray, out for the season since...

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Duke grinds the Corn, fourth straight regional final Tuesday

Posted By on Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

CONSTANT CENTER/NORFOLK, Va. Duke will be a solid favorite coming into its regional semifinal game against Nebraska, and the Blue Devils have been great in this game in recent seasons. No. 2 seed Duke (32-2) has won three straight times in Round-of-16 games before being eliminated in the Elite Eight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsAnd they’ll look to take out the No. 6 seed Cornhuskers (25-8), hoping for a Tuesday night championship matchup with top-seeded future ACC member Notre Dame. The No. 2-ranked Irish (34-1) annihilated Kansas 93-63 in the other first-round matchup on Sunday. It’s the first...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seeing Harper's Wolfpack tenure end isn't much fun

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Such decisions are much easier in the world of pro sports. If the coach didn’t win yesterday and probably won’t win tomorrow, he’s out. No matter how hard the team has played through injuries, no matter if everybody on the planet thinks a bad call took them out of the playoffs too early the year before, and no matter if he donated a kidney to the pre-teen daughter of a season-ticket holder in the off-season. Indy file photoHarper posed for this cover photo a few days before her inaugural season at State.But at the college level, it goes a little...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Duke fights off pesky Cowgirls to earn another regional trip

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke has made a habit of getting to the NCAA’s Sweet 16 in recent years, failing to get there just once since 1997. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersAnd tonight the No. 2 Blue Devils (31-2) will try to punch their ticket again. The opponent is No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (22-10), which will try to stop the Blue Devils from a date with No. 6 seed Nebraska on Sunday in Norfolk, Va. It’s not an easy assignment for the fifth-ranked Blue Devils, since the Cowgirls play in the tough Big XII and are used to...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Duke hosts Oklahoma State on Tuesday night in scrap to get to Sweet 16

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM One last time to protect the home court, then on to brighter lights. That’s what Duke hopes to get accomplished on Tuesday night at 7 (ESPNU), when Oklahoma State visits for the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament. File photo by Chris Baird.Duke forward Richa Jackson fights for possession in the first-round win over Hampton. Blue Devil center Elizabeth Williams (1) is in the background.Duke, which brings in a flashy 31-2 record and is ranked No. 5 nationally, will carries the No. 2 seed against the No. 7 seed Cowgirls (22-10). The winner advances to Sunday’s...

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Duke gets by tough Hampton, hosts Oklahoma State next

Posted By on Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke begins another quest today. After three straight NCAA Tournaments in which a great Blue Devil team ended its run in the Elite Eight, perhaps this team is good enough to make a Final Four.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop against Hampton’s Keiara Avant (13) and Olivia Allen (24). Duke’s No. 24 is Haley Peters. Of course no NCAA Tournament run will ever be easy, although at least Joanne P. McCallie’s club gets to start at home. Today’s opponent for the No. 5 Blue Devils (30-2), seeded No. 2 in the Norfolk Region behind...

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Duke hosts hot MEAC champions in first-round NCAA clash

Posted By on Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke begins its quest for post-season glory on Sunday afternoon against an opponent that didn’t have a long way to travel. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke coach Joanne P. McCallieThe first-round opponent for the No. 5 Blue Devils (30-2), who have the No. 2 seed in the Norfolk Region, is No. 15 seed and MEAC champion Hampton (28-5). Game time is 12:05, followed by the other first-round matchup between No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (21-10) and No. 10 seed DePaul (21-11).David Six’ Pirates, who are riding a flashy 19-game winning streak after their fourth straight conference title, lost...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wolfpack rallies in last four minutes, ousts Richmond from WNIT

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will try to finish its season on a good note with some success in the WNIT, but the Wolfpack’s first-round assignment isn’t an easy one. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState center Markeisha GatlingState (16-16) will take on Richmond (16-15), which ripped the Wolfpack 72-58 early last season. The Wolfpack of course needs victories to assure its second straight winning season as charismatic senior guard Marissa Kastanek ends her college career, playing tonight in her school-record 132nd game. Richmond has a couple of locals on its roster. Junior guard Amber Nichols (Broughton) is a reserve while sophomore forward...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Duke gets No. 2 seed, UNC No. 3; Pack in state-line WNIT squabble

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Duke is exactly in the spot most people expected for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament opening this weekend. And maybe UNC got a nice surprise. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels were the only teams from North Carolina in the field when the 64-team bracket was announced Monday night.File photo by Chris BairdDuke's freshman Alexis Jones and UNC senior Krista Gross hope to lead their teams to post-season glory. But a half-dozen North State teams got come consolation a few hours later, as N.C. State received a bid to the WNIT along with East Carolina, North Carolina A&T, Davidson, UNC...

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jones takes MVP honors as Blue Devils roll to ACC title

Posted By on Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Whether or not it’s the greatest rivalry in college sports may be up for debate, but it’s the best rivalry in college basketball. Maybe in basketball, period. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Alexis JonesAnd for the second time in just a few hours there’s a “Battle of the Blues” between Duke and UNC. The Blue Devils won the men’s contest pretty easily last night at the Smith Center. Today the women’s squads are squaring off for the ACC championship, in — with thanks to Warren G. Harding — a return to normalcy after last year’s bizarre Maryland-Georgia Tech...

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Coleman shocks everybody as UNC comeback stuns Terps

Posted By on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM By the time we get to the second Saturday semifinal, only the three teams that have ever won the ACC Women’s Tournament in Greensboro are still around. So one of the big teams has finally got to go. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Latifah ColemanNo. 3 seed UNC (27-5) will take on No. 2 seed Maryland (24-6) — which had won a coin flip for the higher seed. The teams split a pair of regular-season meetings, with the Tar Heels prevailing 60-57 on Jan. 3 in Chapel Hill and falling 85-59 on Jan. 24 in College Park. Both...

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Peters, Liston lead Duke in holding off Seminoles

Posted By on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM All the pretenders and Cinderellas are gone at the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersThe four teams that are left will definitely go to the NCAA Tournament. So now we’re down to serious business in the semifinals. The first game of the doubleheader features No. 1 seed Duke (28-2) against No. 4 seed Florida State (22-8). Duke, ranked No. 6 nationally, is 6-0 against the Seminoles, ranked No. 23, all-time in ACC Tournament play. And the Blue Devils won the only regular-season meeting 61-50 in Tallahassee on Feb. 22. Duke prevails again but...

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Ruffin-Pratt, Tar Heels survive and advance past pesky Eagles

Posted By on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 12:46 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM UNC comes into the ACC Women’s Tournament with a pretty tough assignment. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Tierra Ruffin-PrattThe No. 3 seed Tar Heels (26-5) have trounced No. 11 seed Boston College (12-18) — which blew past Virginia in the first round — by 28 points in each of their first two meetings. But the teams seeded No. 8 and below have all overperformed so far in the tournament, and BC is on a two-game winning streak. It almost goes to three, but Tierra Ruffin-Pratt pulls the Tar Heels together in the closing minutes of a 62-57 win....

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Liston leads Duke, which ousts scrappy Wolfpack with late run

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM The last time Duke and N.C. State met in this building, the Wolfpack pulled a monumental upset. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonAnd it’s kind of same time, same station in the quarterfinals of this season’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Again Duke (27-2), which is ranked No. 6 in the country, is the tournament’s top seed. State (16-15), which escaped Clemson 56-45 in the first round on Thursday less than 20 hours before Tiger coach Itoro Coleman lost her job, is seeded No. 8. State won 75-73 in this spot last season. And on Jan. 3 at...

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Deluzio, Seminoles ease past Hurricanes into semis

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM These two teams allegedly just don’t like each other. Photo courtesy FSU athleticsFSU guard Alexa DeluzioFriday morning’s kid-fest brings the first rivalry game of this season’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, with No. 4 seed Florida State taking on No. 5 seed Miami. The Seminoles are 21-8, ranked No. 23 in the latest AP poll and certainly headed for the NCAA Tournament. The Hurricanes are 21-9 and may or may not be on the bubble. FSU won both regular-season meetings, 86-65 on Jan. 13 in Tallahassee and 93-78 on Feb. 10 in Coral Gables.Duke alumna Katie Meier coaches the...

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Kastanek leads eight Triangle players on ACC all-academic

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Marissa Kastanek repeated as the Kay Yow scholar athlete of the year in ACC women’s basketball, leading a group of eight Triangle-area players on the conference’s all-academic team. Duke placed five players on the squad while the Wolfpack had three. No other school had more than two. Wolfpack teammates junior Kody Burke and freshman Ashley Eli also made the team. Duke placed senior Allison Vernerey along with juniors Chelsea Gray, Tricia Liston and Haley Peters and freshman Alexis Jones. Members of the team must have at least a 3.0 GPA from the previous semester and a cumulative 3.0...

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