Women’s Basketball Roundup

No. 3 Duke women travel to take on N.C. State

News ServicesJanuary 3, 2013 

Third-ranked Duke will return to ACC action Thursday when the Blue Devils travel to Raleigh to face N.C. State at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum.

Duke (11-0, 1-0) is one of four undefeated teams in NCAA Division I, along with Colorado, Connecticut and Oklahoma State. The Blue Devils rolled to a 73-32 home rout of Monmouth in their last game.

Center Elizabeth Williams leads Duke with 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She has at least one block in every game she has played at Duke – 44 straight – and averages 3.3 blocks.

Haley Peters averages 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, Tricia Liston averages 13.5 and 6.5, and Chelsea Gray averages 14.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists for the Blue Devils.

The Wolfpack (8-5, 0-1) is coming off a 70-66 victory at St. Bonaventure and is 6-1 at Reynolds Coliseum, with the loss coming Nov. 29 to Michigan State.

Kody Burke (15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds), Marissa Kastanek (11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds) and Markeisha Gatling (9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds) lead the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack bounced back from its loss at Miami on Dec. 20 in its first league game, with the win at St. Bonaventure on Sunday. Burke had 20 points, on 9-of-14 shooting, and seven rebounds. It was her fourth game with at least 20 points this year

Maryland at North Carolina

North Carolina will put its six-game winning streak on the line Thursday when the 15th-ranked Tar Heels host No. 8 Maryland at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. North Carolina (13-1, 1-0) won its ACC opener 65-58 at Clemson on Sunday. Maryland (10-2, 1-0) opened ACC play with a 79-55 victory against Virginia on Dec. 6.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt leads North Carolina with 14.5 points per game, as well as 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Xylina McDaniel averages 13.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, and Waltiea Rolle adds 12.2 and 6.8.

Tianna Hawkins averages 18.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Terps, and Alyssa Thomas averages 14.8 and 9.3.

Wednesday’s games

No. 2 Baylor 74, Texas Christian 35: Brittney Griner had 24 points – including a dunk – and 12 rebounds to lead Baylor (11-1) to a win at Big 12 newcomer TCU (7-5) in the conference opener for both teams.

Texas Tech 64, No. 13 Oklahoma State 59: Chynna Brown scored 15, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play, and Texas Tech (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) won at Oklahoma State. Kelsi Baker had 14 points and six rebounds as the Raiders stopped Oklahoma State’s winning streak at 17 games.

Tiffany Bias led the Cowgirls (11-1, 0-1) with 27 points. Toni Young had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 14 Purdue 67, Illinois 66 (OT): Courtney Moses hit a jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime and finished with 16 points, giving Purdue (12-2, 1-0) a Big Ten victory at Illinois. Adrienne GodBold had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Illini (7-6, 0-1).

No. 17 Oklahoma 71, West Virginia 68: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 19, leading five in double figures, and the host Sooners (11-2, 1-0) spoiled West Virginia’s Big 12 debut. Taylor Palmer made eight 3-pointers and led the Mountaineers (8-4) with 30 points.

No. 21 Kansas 72, Kansas State 63: Angel Goodrich scored 17 to lead Kansas (10-2, 1-0 Big 12) at home. Haley Texada led Kansas State (9-4, 0-1) with 21.

No 25 Nebraska 70, Wisconsin 52: Lindsey Moore scored 26 and made five 3-pointers to lead Nebraska (11-3, 1-0 Big Ten) at home against the Badgers (8-6, 0-1).

Hampton 60, Boston College 57: Olivia Allen scored 19 and Keiara Avant had 18 as Hampton (10-5) won at home. Kerri Shields scored 17, Katie Zenevitch 12 and Kristen Doherty had 11 for the Eagles (6-6).

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