by Mike Potter
Durham bragging rights in women's basketball are on the line tonight at 7, when N.C. Central visits No. 8 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The 9-2 Blue Devils will come in as heavy favorites over the 1-9 Eagles, who are in their third season as transitional members of NCAA Division I in preparation for full Division I membership in 2011-12.
The contest is one of two local Division I women's games scheduled tonight, as N.C. State (7-5) will host Seton Hall (8-4)
Duke leads the series with NCCU 4-3, and has won four straight. The teams' only meeting since 1984 was two years ago, when the Blue Devils rolled to an 82-29 win.
Junior guard Jasmine Thomas (pictured left) leads Duke in scoring and assists, while freshman Joanna Miller (pictured right) leads the Eagles in both categories.
No. 8 Duke vs. N.C. Central
[Monday, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium]
Duke leads series 4-3.
Records: NCCU 1-9, Duke 9-2.
Audio: WDNC-AM 620, WRJD-AM 1410, GoDuke.com, NCCUEaglePride.com.
Coaches' records - NCCU: Joli Robinson 198-172; Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 377-166, 61-18 at Duke.
Leading scorers - NCCU: Joanna Miller 17.7; Duke: Jasmine Thomas 16.0.
Leading rebounders - NCCU: Latoya Bennett 5.9; Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.5.
Assist leaders - NCCU: Joanna Miller 2.8; Duke: Jasmine Thomas 5.3.
N.C. State vs. Seton Hall
[Monday, 7 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum]
NCSU leads 2-1.
Records: Seton Hall 8-4, NCSU 7-5.
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1, GoPack.com.
Coaches' records - SHU: Phyllis Mangina 351-351; NCSU: Kellie Harper 104-70, 7-5 at NCSU.
Leading scorers - SHU: Ebonie Williams 15.7; NCSU: Marissa Kastanek 11.2.
Leading rebounders - SHU: Kandice Green 9.8; NCSU: Bonae Holston 6.8.
Assist leaders - SHU: Ebonie Williams 1.6; NCSU: Amber White 2.8.