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Duke, UNC women begin NCAA play Sunday

Posted March 18, 2013

Brittany Rountree (11) brings the ball up court against Richa Jackson (15) during the championship game of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 10, 2013.

Just five women’s teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, including two from the Triangle, made the 2013 women’s NCAA Tournament when the selection committee announced its choices Monday night.

Duke, the No. 2 seed in the Norfolk Region, opens play Sunday afternoon when it faces off against No. 15 seed Hampton.

NCAA logo 2013 NCAA women's printable bracket

North Carolina, the No. 3 seed in the Bridgeport Region, begins play against No. 14 seed Albany Sunday in Newark, Del. 

After losing star Chelsea Gray to a knee injury, the Blue Devils rallied to win the ACC Tournament championship over North Carolina 92-73 March 10. Duke has downed North Carolina three times in 2012-13.

Duke is 6-1 without Gray, the ACC co-player of the year whose season ended Feb. 17 when she dislocated her kneecap.

Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie earned Coach of the Year honors March 7 after her team finished 27-2 in the regular season, including a 17-1 mark in league play.

North Carolina (28-6) is led by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 25 points in the ACC tourney loss to the Blue Devils.

Other ACC teams in the field include Maryland, who earned a No. 4 seed in the Bridgeport Region, Miami, the No. 8 seed in the Norfolk Region and Florida State, the No. 8 seed in the Oklahoma City Region.

Baylor earned the top overall seed in the field, while Stanford, Connecticut and Notre Dame also received No. 1 seeds.

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  • velofellow Mar 19, 11:42 a.m.

    Yes, many intelligent people watch women's basketball. It is played with much less holding and pushing that characterizes the men's game and is often more interesting to watch, especially during the tourney.

  • Cock a doodle doo Mar 19, 10:56 a.m.

    Where is Kellie Harper's team? I think I recall her guaranteeing that NCSU Women would be in the NCAA tourney at the beginning of the season. ???

  • 75Tarheel Mar 19, 10:55 a.m.

    Go ACC and GO LADY HEELS!!

  • Obamacare rises Mar 19, 10:44 a.m.

    Do people really watch women's basketball? I mean come on, seriously?

  • sburks1906 Mar 19, 10:34 a.m.

    If they were smart, they'd schedule the women's NCAA tournament in late Feb through early March. That would prevent the ladies from being lost in the shuffle. Ladies first, right?

  • junkmail7276 Mar 19, 10:08 a.m.

    The lack of parity will make this tournament difficult to watch. A #3 seed unc is owned by a #2 seed Duke, who was hammered by a #1 seed Connecticut, who lost all three meetings against another #1 seed ND, who lost to the overall #1 seed Baylor. Yikes.

  • Gunnstigator Mar 19, 7:41 a.m.

    Both teams have good seeds, and hopefully will have a deep run in the tournament. Go ACC!

  • RDI762 Mar 19, 7:20 a.m.

    Newsflash...Nobody cares

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    Yet, you cared enough to respond. It amazes me everytime I see a response like this. Why, if you... View More

    — Posted by benelms2

    They cant help it.
    Lonely people do what lonely people no.

    Good luck to both teams.

  • benelms2 Mar 19, 12:14 a.m.

    Newsflash...Nobody cares

    — Posted by 321oohaw

    Yet, you cared enough to respond. It amazes me everytime I see a response like this. Why, if you don't care would you even click on the article, when it clearly states what's in it, much less write something about it?

  • 321oohaw Mar 18, 8:37 p.m.

    Newsflash...Nobody cares

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