by Mike Potter
It’s the penultimate day of regular-season action for the three Triangle ACC women's basketball teams, and all of them are seriously in need of wins.
Everybody plays at 7 p.m.
N.C. State (12-15, 3-9 ACC), which is on a two-game winning streak, needs four wins to get a spot in post-season play and will look for revenge on Senior Night tonight against Boston College (18-9, 5-7). The Eagles, who beat the Wolfpack 77-67 on Jan. 20 in Chestnut Hill, need to keep winning to stay on track for an NCAA Tournament bid.
No. 13 UNC (22-5, 8-4), which is on a two-game slide, will host Georgia Tech (20-8, 8-4) on Senior Night in a game that will go a long way toward determining the No. 4 seed — and a first-round bye — in the ACC Tournament. The Tar Heels lead the series 51-14, but lost to Tech 71-70 on Jan. 6 in Atlanta.
Meanwhile No. 9 Duke (24-3, 10-2) will visit Virginia (15-13, 4-8), needing to win to stay in position for the ACC’s regular-season title. For Duke, any games before the NCAA field is announced will have major meeting for its NCAA seeding, while Virginia needs an upset to boost its long-shot hopes for an NCAA bid.
Regular-season finales are on Sunday in a day of Big Four action, with State visiting Wake Forest and UNC traveling to Duke.
N.C. State vs. Boston College
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum]
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1.
Records: NCSU 12-15, 3-9 ACC; BC 18-9, 5-7.
Coaches’ records — NCSU: Kellie Harper 127-94, 32-29 at NCSU; BC: Sylvia Crawley 96-61, 58-36 at BC.
Leading scorers — NCSU: Bonae Holston 15.8; BC: Carolyn Swords 17.2.
Leading rebounders — NCSU: Bonae Holston 8.5; BC: Carolyn Swords 8.9.
Assist leaders — NCSU: Amber White 3.8; BC: Jaclyn Thoman 5.1.
No. 13 UNC vs. Georgia Tech
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Carmichael Arena]
Audio: WCHL 1360.
Records: UNC 22-5, 8-4 ACC; GT 20-8, 8-4.
Coaches’ records — UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 853-299, 581-219 at UNC; GT: MaChelle Joseph 149-94 at GT.
Leading scorers — UNC: Italee Lucas 16.4; GT: Alex Montgomery 13.9.
Leading rebounders — UNC: Laura Broomfield 8.4; GT: Alex Montgomery 8.5.
Assist leaders — UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.1; GT: Metra Walthour 4.1.
No. 9 Duke vs. Virginia
[Thursday, 7 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena]
Audio: WDNC 620.
Records: Duke 24-3, 10-2 ACC; UVa 15-13, 4-8.
Coaches’ records — Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 422-173, 106-25 at Duke; UVa: Debbie Ryan 735-321 at UVa.
Leading scorers — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 14.7; UVa: Chelsea Shine 9.8.
Leading rebounders — Duke: Krystal Thomas 8.6; UVa: Simone Egwu 5.4.
Assist leaders — Duke: Jasmine Thomas 3.3; UVa: Ariana Moorer 3.1.