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Thursday, March 7, 2013

BC comes out strong, ousts Virginia in first round

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Lower-seeded teams have been overperforming all day long in the 36th ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and we’ll see if it continues in the nightcap. Photo courtesy BC athleticsBoston College guard Kerri ShieldsNo. 6 seed Virginia (16-13) is hoping for a miracle this week to get into the NCAA Tournament. The same goes for No. 11 seed Boston College (11-18), whose season is over if it loses this weekend. The same two teams met in the first round last season, with the Cavaliers rolling 72-41. The teams split a pair of meetings during the regular season, with Virginia winning...

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Deacons wallop Georgia Tech to continue first-round streak

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM Wake Forest has never won an ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, but the Deacons have a nice streak going. Photo courtesy WFU athleticsWake guard Lakevia BoykinThey are the only team coming into the event looking to win its fifth straight first-round game. Tonight’s opponent for the No. 10 seed Deacons (12-18) is No. 7 seed Georgia Tech (14-15), which would have to win on Sunday to get an automatic NCAA bid but could get on a roll and play its way into the WNIT. Tech won both regular-season meetings, prevailing 89-82 in overtime in Atlanta back on Jan. 31...

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Kastanek, Wolfpack dodge a bullet; face Blue Devils next

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 6:38 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM N.C. State finds itself in a must-win situation as the Wolfpack starts ACC Tournament play. The No. 8 seed Wolfpack (15-15) takes on No. 9 Clemson (9-20) for the chance to meet No. 1 seed Duke in the second round. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState guard Marissa KastanekState will almost certainly get a WNIT bid with a victory unless it wins the ACC, but if the Tigers win the college career of charismatic Wolfpack senior Marissa Kastanek — who before the game wins the Kay Yow award as the top women’s basketball student-athlete in the ACC — is over....

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Cold Miami ousts Hokies to strengthen case for NCAA bid

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM

GREENSBORO COLISEUM It’s the Opening Game of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, and as is always the case for the 11 a.m. starts the screaming young fans are out in force. Photo courtesy Miami athleticsMiami center Shawnice "Pepper" WilsonNo. 5 seed Miami (20-9) may or may not be on the NCAA bubble heading into the contest with No. 12 seed Virginia Tech (10-19), but the Hurricanes need to play as if their lives depended on it. It’s the first time the teams have met in an ACC Tournament game. The winner will square off in the brunch game tomorrow against...

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Duke's Gray, McCallie pick up ACC yearly honors

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Regular-season champion Duke chalked up some more ACC women’s basketball awards on Thursday. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Chelsea GrayAnd once again, the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league coaches have different ideas. Blue Devil mentor Joanne P. McCallie was named coach of the year by the Blue Ribbon panel, while Maryland’s Brenda Frese got the honor from her fellow coaches. And in player of the year voting the Blue Devils’ junior guard Chelsea Gray — whose season was ended when she tore an MCL on Feb. 14 — tied with Maryland junior Alyssa Thomas in the coaches’ poll. The...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wolfpack faces a must win; Duke and UNC will wait a day

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

N.C. State is badly in need of a victory Thursday afternoon. If the Wolfpack wants to play in the post season, it definitely needs to complete a three-game sweep of Clemson in the first round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState coach Kellie HarperTop-seeded Duke (27-2) and No. 3 seed UNC (26-5) won’t play until Friday’s quarterfinals. The action starts at 11 a.m. with a game between No. 5 seed Miami (20-9) and No. 12 Virginia Tech (10-19), with that victor advancing to Friday’s 11 a.m. contest against No. 4 seed Florida State...

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Duke's Williams again ACC defensive player of year

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Duke sophomore center Elizabeth Williams has been named the ACC’s defensive player of the year for the second time. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsThe all-defensive team is chosen in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Joining Williams on the five-player unit are teammate Chelsea Gray, UNC center Waltiea Rolle, Miami’s Morgan Stroman and Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall. Williams and Gray were earlier named first-team All-ACC on both the coaches’ and Blue Ribbon Panel teams along with Stroman and Marshall....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

McDaniel, Jones lead ACC's all-freshman teams

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

UNC’s Xylina McDaniel has been named the ACC’s rookie of the year both by the conference’s Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting largely of media members, as well as by a vote of the head coaches. UNC forward Xylina McDanielMcDaniel had also been named to the 12-player first all-conference team by the coaches and to the five-player second team by the Panel on Monday. Duke’s Alexis Jones joined her on both all-freshmen teams, along with Boston College’s Nicole Boudreau and Georgia Tech’s Brittany Jackson. Maryland split the fifth spots, with Chloe Pavlech selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel and Malina Howard by...

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Gray, Williams, Ruffin-Pratt lead All-ACC selections

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

The ACC released its all-conference women’s basketball teams today, and it looks like maybe the coaches and media don’t get along as well as we thought. The Blue Ribbon Panel’s All-ACC First Team, which was supposed to have 10 players has 11 because of a tie. Then there was the separate coaches’ team, which has 12 on the first unit because of more ties. In each case, there are five players on the All-ACC Second Team. Here’s how local players fared:Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were named to both first teams along with UNC’s Tierra Ruffin-Pratt. N.C. State’s Marissa...

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jones' 22 lead Duke over Tar Heels in defensive struggle

Posted By on Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the regular-season finale. The Battle of the Blues. Throw out all the records because it’s for all the marbles - at least for a few days.Photo by Chris BairdDuke guard Alexis Jones drives as UNC's Krista Gross defends. The classic old building will be packed to the gills this afternoon, as No. 5 Duke (26-2, 16-1) hosts No. 15 UNC (26-4, 14-3). The Blue Devils won the first meeting 84-63 on Feb. 3 in Chapel Hill. It’s Senior Day for Blue Devil center Allison Vernerey. Duke, which has won 17 straight at home, has clinched its...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wolfpack drubs Virginia to give Kastanek happy Senior Night

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will hold its annual Senior Night, and while there’s only one player to be honored she’s going to be a very hard one to replace. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState guard Marissa KastanekGuard Marissa Kastanek, the academic All-American from Nebraska who was once the conference’s rookie of the year, will play her last regular-season contest in the classic old building. It’s a huge game for both teams’ post-season chances. State (13-15, 5-11) has run out of room for error if it’s hoping for at least a return to the WNIT. And Virginia (15-12, 7-9), coached by Duke...

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ruffin-Pratt, UNC hold off scrappy Wolfpack for 25th win

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Waltiea Rolle goes up for a shot as State's Kody Burke applies the block. Others in the lane are (l-r) the Wolfpack's Krystal Barrett, Lakeesa Daniel and Len'Nique Brown and UNC's Krista Gross.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s yet another edition of the UNC-N.C. State series in women’s basketball. And in the big picture, this one may mean more to the Wolfpack (13-14, 5-10 ACC). It’s UNC’s annual home Play 4Kay game, in memory of the late Wolfpack coach Kay Yow and to raise awareness of breast cancer. The No. 16 Tar Heels (24-4, 12-3 ACC) are all...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Blue Devils debut without Gray, explode in second half to top FSU

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The rest of the season starts for Duke tonight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsThe No. 5 Blue Devils (24-1, 14-0 ACC) will go for the first time this year without junior guard Chelsea Gray, the solid candidate for ACC player of the year who was lost for the season because of a dislocated kneecap Sunday against Wake Forest. Tonight’s opponent is No. 19 Florida State (20-5, 10-4), which is coming off an attention-grabbing 80-73 win over visiting UNC on Sunday. Juniors Richa Jackson and Tricia Liston will start on the wings for Duke tonight. The...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yderstrom, Wilson lead Miami to sixth straight over Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is in what has become a familiar position this season, as the Wolfpack could really use an upset victory. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState forward Kody BurkeTonight the Wolfpack (13-13, 5-9 ACC) will host Miami (17-8, 8-6) in the second of four games in which State will wear pink. Again, it’s pink lettering with subtle gray trim on white jerseys and shorts, while the Hurricanes are in pink jerseys and shorts with accents in The U’s Orange and Green. But enough fashion talk. State is looking to avenge a 79-53 loss in its ACC opener back on...

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wolfpack drops Hoops 4 Hope game to resurgent Yellow Jackets

Posted By on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH The Hoops 4 Hope game promoting awareness of breast cancer is always a really big deal at N.C. State, and of course today’s is no exception. The matchup with Georgia Tech is the de facto centerpiece of the Play 4Kay initiative and is being shown on ESPN2.Photo by Chris BairdState's Myisha Goodwin-Coleman eyes the hoop. Kellie Harper’s Wolfpack (13-12, 5-8 ACC) has won five of its last six games, including a 78-66 decision over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta two weeks ago that was a bit of a steal. Tech (10-14, 3-10) has had a very disappointing season,...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

McDaniel, Ruffin-Pratt lead Tar Heels to easy win over Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC returns home for the first time since Coach Sylvia Hatchell got her 900th victory, and she is honored in an appropriate pregame ceremony. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Xylina McDanielHatchell brings the No. 14 Tar Heels (22-3, 10-2 ACC) into the contest with ancient rival Wake Forest (11-13, 4-8 ACC) with 901 wins under her belt and is second only to former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time victory list. Jen Hoover makes her first trip to Chapel Hill as the Deacons’ head coach, trying to break a nine-game slide in the series.Wake has...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Gray hits career high as Duke blows past Maryland

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It may be Duke’s toughest assignment at home this season. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Chelsea GrayTonight in an ESPN “Big Monday” game, the No. 5 Blue Devils (21-1, 11-0 ACC) will take on No. 7 Maryland (19-3, 10-1) in a must-win contest for first place in the conference. And of course adding extra fuel to the fire is that Maryland, which for some reason considers Duke its biggest rival in the ACC, has announced its departure for the Big Ten (sic). This one is competitive until the final media timeout, with Duke pulling away down the...

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Balanced effort gives Wolfpack easy win over Clemson, evens record

Posted By on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State has gotten on a positive roll of late, and if the Wolfpack is thinking about post-season play that needs to continue today. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsNCSU forward Lakeesa DanielThe opponent is Clemson (6-16, 2-9), which is sitting in last place in the ACC. Kellie Harper’s Wolfpack (11-12, 3-8) has won three of its last four games, and its only home loss to an unranked team was to Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge back on Nov. 29. The Wolfpack is looking to get back to .500 for the first time in three weeks. This one...

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Duke romps over host Tar Heels to delay Hatchell's 900th

Posted By on Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke's Chelsea Gray holds the ball as UNC's Tierra Ruffin-Pratt defends.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s definitely the Big Game around here — at least for the next five-ish hours until the actual Super Bowl starts. With No. 11 UNC hosting No. 5 Duke in a battle for first place in the ACC with all kinds of ranking and post-season implications, it’s the Triangle’s most important women’s basketball game of the season. And oh, Tar Heel coach Sylvia Hatchell will look for her 900th career victory against her team’s bitterest rival. Hatchell is 31-31 against Duke, while Blue Devil...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Second-half explosion propels Duke to rout of Miami

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke continues its grind through the ACC schedule, and tonight’s assignment isn’t a whole lot easier. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonThe No. 5 Blue Devils (18-1, 8-0 ACC) will host Miami (14-6, 5-4), which likely would have been ranked had it not lost to No. 11 UNC 64-62 at home on Sunday. The Hurricanes, who are winless in nine tries against the Blue Devils, are coached by former Duke All-American Katie Meier. It’s the first time in four seasons the Hurricanes have been unranked at the time of the Duke game. They’ll play again on...

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Peters, Gray lead Duke past pesky Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home for the first time in 11 days, and of course the No. 4 Blue Devils are no longer unbeaten. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersA big second half made the difference on Thursday night in the 60-46 win at Clemson, as the Blue Devils bounced back from Monday night’s awful 79-49 loss at old nemesis Connecticut. Today’s opponent is Boston College (8-10, 2-5 ACC), which is showing signs of improvement under new coach Erik Johnson but lost to Duke 90-53 on Jan. 6 in Chestnut Hill. Duke (17-1, 7-0) will honor its 2003...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Opportunistic Wolfpack rips Hokies by 19 to end skein

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Photo by Chris BairdState’s Myisha Goodwin-Coleman drives to the hoop as the Hokies Alyssa Fenyn (13) and Lauren Evans defend.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State looks to end a six-game losing streak and pick up its first ACC win of the season tonight. And the Wolfpack (8-11, 0-7) might actually be favored. The opponent is Virginia Tech (7-10, 1-5), which has never beaten the Wolfpack in a dozen meetings. And Tech is the Wolfpack’s first unranked opponent at home in 36 days. The Hokies, under second-year head coach Dennis Wolff, had a solid start to the season before running into troubles in...

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Seminoles finish big, extend Wolfpack's slide to half a dozen

Posted By on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is badly in need of a win, and doesn’t have a line of lesser opponents teed up anytime soon. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsNCSU guard Krystal BarrettAnd today’s foe will be much-improved No. 22 Florida State (14-3, 4-2 ACC), which is carrying a chip on its shoulder this season after missing out on post-season play last time. The Seminoles have won two straight, including an 86-65 rout of archrival Miami a week ago. Meanwhile the Wolfpack (8-10, 0-6), which came up dry despite playing very well in its last two home contests against Duke and UNC, has...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Balanced effort, fast start lead Tar Heels past Virginia

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC keeps banging on the door of the nation’s Top 10, but the No. 11 Tar Heels have to keep their winning streak going to get it done. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Tierra Ruffin-PrattOn a snowy evening the Tar Heels (17-1, 5-0 ACC) will host old rival Virginia (11-5, 3-2), which is an up-and-coming ACC team in its second season under Duke alumna Joanne Boyle. UNC, which is looking for coach Sylvia Hatchell’s 897th victory, will be favored to get its 17th win in its last 18 meetings in the series. The Tar Heels lead from...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Williams leads Duke to cold-shooting rout of Hokies

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke puts its status as the nation’s only unbeaten Division I college basketball team on the line again tonight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Elizabeth WilliamsThe visitor is Virginia Tech (7-9, 1-4 ACC), which has shown major signs of improvement this season under second-year mentor Dennis Wolff but is currently on a four-game losing streak. Duke (15-0, 5-0) has won 17 straight meetings and is 10-1 against the Hokies in Cameron. Joanne P. McCallie’s Blue Devils are up to 11 healthy players. It’s a defensive struggle with a lot of season lows for both teams, but Duke...

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