by Mike Potter
Both of the ACC's top two women's basketball teams are back in action tonight, and both will be on the road.
No. 7 Duke (14-2, 2-0 ACC) gets what may be a tougher challenge than might have been expected when the season started when the Blue Devils visit No. 25 Miami (13-2, 1-0). Jasmine Thomas (pictured) leads the Blue Devils in both scoring and assists.
And No. 10 UNC (13-2, 1-0) will look to recover from its blowout loss at No. 1 Connecticut when the Tar Heels visit resurgent Virginia Tech (10-5, 0-1).
Miami is coached by Duke alumna Katie Meier.
Virginia Tech also has a Triangle connection, as Northern Durham alumna Utahya Drye is averaging in double figures and is the Hokies' top rebounder.
No. 7 Duke at No. 25 Miami
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Bank United Center, Coral Gables]
Duke leads series 6-0.
Records: Duke 14-2, 2-0 ACC; Miami 13-2, 1-0.
Audio: WDNC-AM 620, GoDuke.com, HurricaneSports.com.
Coaches' records - Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 382-166, 66-18 at Duke; Miami: Katie Meier 63-72 at Miami.
Leading scorers - Duke: Jasmine Thomas 15.6; Miami: Riquna Williams 22.4.
Leading rebounders - Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.3; Miami: Diane Barnes 9.9.
Assist leaders - Duke: Jasmine Thomas 5.1; Miami: Shenise Johnson 4.6.
No. 10 UNC at Virginia Tech
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg]
UNC leads series 12-2.
Records: UNC 13-2, 1-0; VT 10-5, 0-1.
Audio: WCHL-AM 1360; TarHeelBlue.com; HokieSports.com.
Coaches' records - UNC: Sylvia Hatchell: 825-284, 553-204 at UNC; VT: Beth Dunkenberger 159-125, 94-75 at VT.
Leading scorers - UNC: Italee Lucas 16.3; VT: Lindsay Biggs 11.5.
Leading rebounders - UNC: Laura Broomfield 7.9; VT: Utahya Drye 6.6.
Assist leaders - UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.9; VT: Nikki Davis 4.3.