Game Day Results

Duke women back on top of ACC
Mar. 10, 2013 @ 06:48 PM

Hot-shooting allowed Duke to ensure that its absence from the top of ACC women’s basketball lasted but one year.

The Blue Devils shot 57 percent Sunday in a 92-73 blistering of North Carolina in the championship game of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Duke (30-2), the ACC’s regular-season champion and No. 1 seed for the last four ACC tournaments, won the league title for the third time in four seasons. The only blemish in that run was last season as the result of an upset loss to N.C. State in the quarterfinals.

Duke freshman guard Alexis Jones scored 24 points and was named the ACC Tournament most valuable player. Sophomore center Elizabeth Williams matched her with 24 points for the Blue Devils.

North Carolina (28-6), which dropped its seventh consecutive game to Duke, was led by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s 25 points.

But that output wasn’t nearly enough to keep the Tar Heels close to Duke in the most lopsided ACC Tournament final since 2005. Already leading 39-24 at halftime, the Blue Devils had their best shooting second half of the season (64 percent) to turn the game into a rout.