by Mike Potter
It’s Big Four day in ACC women’s basketball, with the four in-state schools squaring off with traditional rivals as part of the six-game conference slate that will wrap up regular-season conference play.
The game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, which will be shown live national on FOX Sports Networks, is a sellout.
Defending conference champion Duke, which fell to the Tar Heels 62-60 on Feb. 7 in Chapel Hill, has won two straight games and with a victory would earn the top seed for the ACC Tournament beginning Thursday in Greensboro. Seniors Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas will play their final regular-season home game today.
The Tar Heels have dropped three straight games and will have either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the tournament depending upon today’s results.
The Wolfpack, which is on a three-game winning streak, must extend the streak to six to qualify for the WNIT. Kellie Harper’s club could be seeded anywhere from No. 7 to No. 11 for the ACC Tournament depending on the results of the conference’s games today.
State, which won the teams’ earlier meeting 80-59 on Jan. 10 in Raleigh, leads the series with the Deacons 60-9.
N.C. State vs. Wake Forest
[Sunday, 2 p.m., Joel Coliseum]
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1.
Records: NCSU 13-15, 4-9 ACC; WFU 13-16, 4-9.
Coaches’ records — NCSU: Kellie Harper 128-94, 33-29 at NCSU; WFU: Mike Petersen 291-235, 103-104 at WFU.
Leading scorers — NCSU: Bonae Holston 16.2; WFU: Brittany Waters 11.6.
Leading rebounders — NCSU: Bonae Holston 8.3; WFU: Brittany Waters 5.1.
Assist leaders — NCSU: Amber White 3.9; WFU: Brooke Thomas 3.5.
No. 9 Duke vs. No. 13 UNC
[Sunday, 5 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium]
Audio: WDNC 620, WCHL 1360.
Video: FS Carolinas.
Records: Duke 25-3, 11-2 ACC; UNC 22-6, 8-5.
Coaches’ records — Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 423-173, 107-25 at Duke; UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 853-300, 581-220 at UNC.
Leading scorers — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 14.8; UNC: Italee Lucas 16.2.
Leading rebounders — Duke: Krystal Thomas 8.8; UNC: Laura Broomfield 8.5.
Assist leaders — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 3.3; UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.0.