Duke, UNC women begin NCAA play Sunday
Posted March 18, 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.
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.