NO. 13 UNC WIN IN ACC QUARTERFINALS OVER NO. 8 MARYLAND SETS UP 3RD SHOWDOWN WITH NO. 10 DUKE
Diamond DeShields scored 22 points while fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 17 to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 8 Maryland 73-70 in Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Xylina McDaniel added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (24-8), who led all but 5 seconds but still had to fight to put away the Big Ten-bound Terrapins in what turned out to be their final ACC game.
Three-time ACC player of the year Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points and set the career scoring record for third-seeded Maryland (24-6), who erased nearly all of a nine-point deficit in the final 5½ minutes.
But Thomas couldn't quite lead the Terps all the way back, committing a turnover while going for the go-ahead shot in the final minute then missing a 3-pointer for the tie with about 10 seconds left.
UNC advanced to Saturday's semifinals to play No. 10 Duke Saturday, March 8 (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).
Elizabeth Williams scored 15 points and blocked five shots, and No. 10 Duke claimed its 37th straight win over Georgia Tech with an 82-52 victory Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
Duke didn’t take time to review film from Wednesday night’s disheartening loss at Wake Forest. That’s part of the moving-on process, sophomore forward and team captain Rodney Hood said Friday on the eve of the Blue Devils' home meeting withrival UNC (9 p.m., ESPN).
There are plenty of reasons for optimism — and concern — on both sides as UNC plays at Duke today (9 p.m., ESPN) in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Some quick thoughts from Roy Williams on the day after UNC-Duke was postponed for the first time
The next opponent to face No. 5-seeded Hillside’s pressure is top-seeded Millbrook (24-3) when the two teams battle in the Eastern Regional semifinals Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville..
Southeast Raleigh is the No. 2 seed in the East, carrying a gaudy 24-2 record into the Thursday, March 6 8:30 p.m. game against No. 19 Riverside. Both losses came against out-of-state teams, and the Bulldogs dominated the Greater Neuse River Conference.
Orange High School might be sailing through uncharted waters as it prepares for the boys 3-A Eastern Regional semifinals Wednesday, March 5 at Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum, but Panthers coach Greg Motley won’t change the way his team approaches its game against West Brunswick.
Tigers' near misses last two years have them ready for season's biggest games, despite two-day delay prompted by postponement Tuesday night. Chapel Hill opens state quarterfinal playoff action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6.
UNC COMES BACK TO ELIMINATE WAKE IN 2ND ROUND OF ACC WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
Freshman Diamond DeShields scored eight points in the final 2:18 to help No. 13 North Carolina pull out a 69-65 victory over Wake Forest in Thursday’s nightcap of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
DeShields, the only player in double figures for the Tar Heels (23-8), finished with 17 points. Sixth-seeded UNC will face No. 3-seed Maryland today at 8 p.m. (Fox Sports Carolinas) in the tournament quarterfinals.
“DeShields wants that big shot; she’ll tell you that,” UNC associate head coach Andrew Calder said. “Here’s the bottom line, ... DeShields has made big shots in games that we’ve needed. You’re going to give her the ball at the end, out of loyalty to her, that she’s going to get the job done.
“She wants to be in that moment, and we want her in that moment. ... She wants the ball in her hands.”
Senior backcourt mates Jeremy Ingram and Emanuel Chapman combined for 32 points Thursday night as N.C. Central held off Norfolk State 76-68 in the first meeting between the two MEAC powers in the last two years.
N.C. Central closed out the regular season with a 63-53 MEAC women’s basketball road win at Norfolk State Thursday night.
Senior guard Tricia Liston, the nation’s No. 1 3-point shooter at 50 percent, is No. 10 Duke’s lone player on the Wooden Award ballot, which was released Thursday. She also joined Williams on the all-ACC team that was compiled earlier this week.
Jeff Faris, a former Duke safety who has been a graduate assistant for the last two seasons, is Duke’s new wide receivers coach, Cutcliffe said Thursday.
Cam Newton tried to tell everyone who would listen last week that the Carolina Panthers were much better than an 0-2 team. He and his teammates went out and proved it.
Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness. Kenseth has firmly defended the style of his 2003 championship, stating his one-win season in the final year before NASCAR made the move to the playoff-style Chase format was as meaningful as all the titles collected by Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart. He probably won't have to justify anything about his Cup run this season. There are plenty of checkered flags.
The Durham Bulls lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers in the Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday night, but there was still a celebration around Tim Beckham’s locker. The Durham shortstop was accepting hugs and handshakes from a steady stream of teammates, who punctuated their congratulations with “Going to varsity!” “Going up!” and “Yeah, buddy!”
Every time Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo took someone out of the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday, he made sure to greet the player with a big hug in the dugout. “You never know if you’re going to see them again or not,” Montoyo said.
The Durham Bulls’ offensive woes finally came back to bite them in the Triple-A National Championship Game. Durham was held to three hits by Omaha starter Chris Dwyer and two relievers, as the Pacific Coast League champion Storm Chasers beat the International League champion Bulls 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The legend of Karl Kimball grew some more over the past 24 hours. Of course, he would tell you that it’s not about him. At 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, Kimball triple-bogeyed the 18th hole at Hillandale Golf Course to finish off 324 holes of golf in 24 hours.
With Ron Schmid driving his golf cart and an American flag that once flew over Kandahar, Afghanistan flapping in the breeze, Karl Kimball embarked on his annual endeavor to help military families on Monday. Kimball, Hillandale Golf Course’s director of golf, began his 24 hours of golf marathon at 6 p.m.
John Huh refused to let tough conditions — and one terrible hole — get him down. He was rewarded with a share of the lead at the Wyndham Championship.The PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year shot an even-par 70 on Saturday and joined Patrick Reed atop the field after a soggy third round. Huh and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, were at 10-under 200. Huh shook off a triple bogey on his second hole, making up for it with three birdies in a four-hole stretch of the back nine.