by Mike Potter
No.7 UNC and No. 8 Duke will both play their final women's basketball games of 2009 today at 2 p.m.
At least for the Blue Devils, it might be a pretty good challenge.
Sylvia Hatchell's Tar Heels (10-1) will host Atlantic Sun Conference member East Tennessee State (4-5) in the season's second game at renovated Carmichael Auditorium, while Joanne P. McCallie's Blue Devils (10-2) will visit unranked Temple (10-2).
UNC will also be at home against downwardly mobile Winston-Salem State on Saturday while Duke hosts Providence on Sunday in the teams' final games before ACC conference play.
No. 7 UNC vs. East Tennessee State
[Thursday, 2 p.m., Carmichael Auditorium]
UNC leads series 10-0.
Records: ETSU 4-5, UNC 10-1.
Audio: WCHL-AM 1360; TarHeelBlue.com; ETSUBucs.com.
Coaches' records - ETSU: Karen Kemp 214-215; UNC: Sylvia Hatchell: 827-283, 551-203 at UNC.
Leading scorers - ETSU: TaRondsa Wiles 20.9; UNC: Italee Lucas 16.7.
Leading rebounders - ETSU: Siarre Evans 11.4; UNC: Laura Broomfield 7.2.
Assist leaders - ETSU: Tara Davis 3.4; UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 6.0.
No. 8 Duke at Temple
[Thursday, 2 p.m., McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia]
Duke leads series 4-0.
Records: Duke 10-2, Temple 10-2.
Audio: WDNC-AM 620, GoDuke.com, OwlSports.com.
Coaches' records - Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 378-166, 62-18 at Duke; Temple: Tonya Cardoza 31-12.
Leading scorers - Duke: Jasmine Thomas 16.0; Temple: Shaqwedia Wallace 13.5.
Leading rebounders - Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.5; Temple: Kristen McCarthy 5.8.
Assist leaders - Duke: Jasmine Thomas 5.3; Temple: LaKeisha Eaddy 3.8.