by Mike Potter
UNC needs to get things turned back in the right direction quickly.
Duke just wants to stay on track, while N.C. State is hoping for a signature upset.
All three of the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams are in action tonight in the Triangle, and they're typical high-stakes February games.
N.C. State's first-year coach Kellie Harper will make her first visit to Duke in the teams' only meeting of the regular season. Paced by junior guard Jasmine Thomas (pictured), the No. 8 Blue Devils lead the ACC and should be strong favorites in the 7 p.m. contest. It's Duke's annual PinkZone game, with fans encouraged to wear pink attire to support breast cancer awareness and research.
Tipoff is at the same time at Carmichael Arena when Boston College, the only team to beat Duke this season, visits No. 18 UNC. The Eagles are coached by Sylvia Crawley, who was the center on the Tar Heels' 1994 NCAA championship team. One of BC's seniors is guard Ayla Brown, the former American Idol contestant whose father Scott is the junior member of the United States Senate.
No. 8 Duke vs. N.C. State
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium]
NCSU leads series 39-28.
Records: Duke 19-4, 7-1 ACC; NCSU 13-10, 3-5.
Audio: WDNC-AM 620, WKNC-FM 88.1, GoDuke.com, GoPack.com.
Coaches' records - NCSU: Kellie Harper 110-75, 13-10 at NCSU; Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 387-168, 71-20 at Duke.
Leading scorers - NCSU: Bonae Holston 12.3; Duke: Jasmine Thomas 16.0.
Leading rebounders - NCSU: Bonae Holston 6.2; Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.3.
Assist leaders - NCSU: Amber White 2.9; Duke: Jasmine Thomas 4.3.
No. 18 UNC vs. Boston College
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Carmichael Arena]
UNC leads series 4-0.
Records: UNC 16-6, 4-4; BC 13-10, 4-4.
Audio: WCHL-AM 1360, TarHeelBlue.com.
Coaches' records - BC: Sylvia Crawley 74-47, 36-22 at BC; UNC: Sylvia Hatchell: 828-288, 556-208 at UNC.
Leading scorers - BC: Carolyn Swords 14.4; UNC: Italee Lucas 16.0.
Leading rebounders - BC: Carolyn Swords 9.4; UNC: Laura Broomfield 7.9.
Assist leaders - BC: Jaclyn Thoman 4.0; UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.3.