Duke women out; UNC goes on

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

For the first time since 2009, Duke’s women’s basketball season ended before the NCAA Tournament regional final round.

No. 7 seed DePaul sank 14 3-pointers to upset the No. 2 seed Blue Devils 74-65 in an NCAA Tournament Lincoln, Neb., Regional game at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday night.

The loss ended Duke’s 19-game home court winning streak in NCAA Tournament play and also ends the Blue Devils’ streak of four consecutive seasons reaching the tournament’s elite eight.

Junior Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points to lead Duke (28-7), which played the last two months of the season without All-American guard Chelsea Gray (broken kneecap) and the last month without another starting guard, Alexis Jones (torn ACL).

DePaul advances to the regional semifinals to play Texas A&M or James Madison on Saturday at Lincoln, Neb.

Duke’s loss leaves North Carolina as the final Triangle college basketball team alive in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 4 seed Tar Heels play fifth-seeded Michigan State Tuesday night (7 p.m., ESPN) in a round of 32 game. The winner advances to play in the Sweet 16 in Stanford, Calif., this Sunday.