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

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click to enlarge UNC played great defense in its season opener against Howard (above) and continued it during its dream vacation in Hawaii. - FILE PHOTO BY KIM KELLAM
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  • UNC played great defense in its season opener against Howard (above) and continued it during its dream vacation in Hawaii.

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 Duke - which at No. 8 lost at No. 7 Texas A&M as All-America center Elizabeth Williams nursed a foot injury - dropped only one spot to leave the ACC with four teams in the top nine.

The Tar Heels' week
Not only did UNC get to spend the weekend in Hawaii, but the Tar Heels kicked some major backside as well.

Senior guard Latifah Coleman may have had the best game of her career with 19 points including four 3-pointers, with six rebounds and six assists including a 70-54 shellacking of previously No. 5 Stanford on the first day of the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Tar Heels also crushed Prairie View A&M 81-45 and eased past Hawaii 74-65 in the event.

UNC freshman guard Jamie Cherry had a season-high 15 points against Prairie View and averaged 10.7 points and 3.3 assists for the tournament.

The Blue Devils' week
Dukes romped in home games against Buffalo (88-54) and Stony Brook (72-42) at home before falling 63-59 to the Aggies on Sunday.

Freshman Becca Greenwell was at her best at A&M, scoring 23 points in the loss. She had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the Buffalo game for her third double-double of the season.

Williams may be back for Wednesday's game at Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Wolfpack's week
State had no easy games and no home games. And the Wolfpack ran out of luck on the road, falling 60-51 at Tulane and then 74-66 against George Washington on Friday in the Bahamas.

But Saturday's game over Texas Tech was a different story, as State won a shockingly easy 75-42 win over a Red Raider squad that came into the game at 4-1. Dominique Wilson had 16 points, Krystal Barrett 13 and Len'Nique Brown-Hoskin 12 in the rout.

Sophomore guard Miah Spencer averaged 12 points for the week including 18 against George Washington.

Last week's three stars
1. Latifah Coleman, UNC.
2. Becca Greenwell, Duke.
3. Miah Spencer, NCSU.

Rookie of the week
Jamie Cherry, UNC.

Next must-see home game
N.C. State vs. Minnesota, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Duke vs. South Carolina, Sunday, 1 p.m.
UNC vs. Oregon State, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.

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