North Carolina Sports News
Last Update on March 10, 2014 07:37 GMT
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Jewell Loyd scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half, and No. 2 Notre Dame capped its perfect first run through the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating No. 10 Duke 69-53 on Sunday night in the league tournament final.
Kayla McBride added 25 points to help the top-seeded Fighting Irish (32-0) -- last year's Big East champions -- win their second consecutive conference tournament and extend the best start in school history with their third victory over the Blue Devils in five weeks.
Haley Peters had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-6), who shot 44 percent but had 20 turnovers.
They reached the ACC title game for the sixth time in seven years under coach Joanne P. McCallie, but were denied their second straight championship and fell to 1-9 in the series.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Virginia has the top seed for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday.
The fifth-ranked Cavaliers, who lost at Maryland in overtime Sunday, have a bye into Friday's quarterfinals along with No. 4 Duke, No. 7 Syracuse and 14th-ranked North Carolina.
The Orange have the No. 2 seed, followed by the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.
Fifth-seeded Pittsburgh, No. 6 seed Clemson, No. 7 seed North Carolina State and No. 8 seed Maryland have byes into Thursday's second round.
The tournament begins with No. 12 seed Wake Forest and No. 13 seed Notre Dame on Wednesday, followed by No. 10 seed Miami against No. 15 seed Virginia Tech and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech against No. 14 seed Boston College.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- James Sinclair hit two 3-pointers in overtime and had 26 points as fifth-seeded Western Carolina upset top-seeded Davidson 99-97 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament Sunday.
Western Carolina came back from a 15-point deficit and snapped Davidson's 13-game winning streak.
Western Carolina took a 70-66 lead, its largest of the day. But Jake Belford scored seven straight points for Davidson to regain the lead at 73-70. Later, De'Mon Brooks knotted it at 86 for Davidson and neither team scored in the final minute of regulation.
Sinclair's 3-pointer opened the overtime session and his second broke a tie at 92. Brooks made 1 of 2 from the line with 30 second left for 97-all. Trey Sumler was fouled in the lane and made both free throws for the win.
Sumler had 25 for Western Carolina (19-14) and Chris Czerapowicz had 22 for two-time defending conference tournament champion Davidson (20-12).
Western Carolina will meet No. 3 seed Wofford in the championship game on Monday.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Lee Skinner scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 3 seed Wofford beat seventh-seeded Georgia Southern 71-57 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament on Sunday.
Wofford advanced to its third tournament championship game in five years and will face No. 5 seed Western Carolina on Monday after it upset top-seeded Davidson. Wofford beat Western Carolina 71-60 on Jan. 20.
Wofford led by as many as 23 points (53-30) on Spencer Collins' basket with 10 minutes remaining.
Karl Cochran had 14 for Wofford (19-12), while Eric Garcia hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12.
Cochran's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Wofford a 33-20 halftime lead after the Terriers shot 43.3 percent and held Georgia Southern to 26.9, on 7-of-26 shooting.
Georgia Southern (15-19) was led by Brian Holmes and Tre Bussey with 14 apiece.
BOSTON COLLEGE-NC STATE
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- T.J. Warren scored a career-high 42 points to help North Carolina State beat Boston College 78-68 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Warren had 22 by halftime and shot 14-for-23 for the Wolfpack (19-12, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 14-point second-half lead before pushing ahead in the final 6 minutes. It marked the third time in four games that the ACC's leading scorer had scored at least 36 points, including his previous career-high of 41 in his last outing at Pittsburgh last week.
Still, he had to outduel Boston College's Olivier Hanlan to level the Wolfpack's league record heading into this week's ACC tournament in Greensboro. Hanlan finished with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting for the Eagles (8-23, 4-14).
Warren, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, was unstoppable all day. Fittingly, he came up with the go-ahead baskets that helped the Wolfpack avoid a bad home loss.