Women's college sports are strong in the Triangle, particularly in women's basketball. The three ACC teams are nationally competitive and feature distinct personalities and fan bases. Shaw has become a Division II power, while N.C. Central is stretching its wings into Division I. St. Augustine's, Meredith and Peace also compete collegiately in women's basketball.
- Duke plays in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The program began in 1975.
- The Blue Devils rose to national prominence during the tenure of Gail Goestenkors, who coached at Duke from May 1992 to April 2007. Goestenkors has been replaced by former Michigan State Joanne P. McCallie, whose aim is to fulfill the program's ambitions with its first national championship.
- Duke has won five ACC championships and has appeared in the NCAA title game twice.
- Alana Beard has the only retired jersey (No. 20) in the program's history, but former point guard Lindsey Harding's No. 10 will be added to Cameron's rafters sometime during the 2007-08 season.
- Duke was undefeated in the 2006-07 regular season.
- Duke's biggest rival is North Carolina and it has a developing rivalry with Maryland.
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- North Carolina plays in Carmichael Auditorium. The program began in 1974.
- UNC is one of two ACC women's basketball programs to have an NCAA title (Maryland won it in 2006). The Tar Heels won the 1994 NCAA Tournament in memorable fashion as Charlotte Smith nailed a 3-pointer with time expiring to give Carolina a 60-59 victory over Louisana Tech.
- Sylvia Hatchell has by far been the Tar Heels' most successful coach. Hatchell took over UNC's program in 1986, and she has won championships in the NCAA, NAIA (Francis Marion, 1986) and AIAW (Francis Marion, 1982).
- UNC has won eight ACC championships, including the last three.
- Charlotte Smith has the only retired jersey (No. 23) in the program's history, but former point guard Ivory Latta's No. 12 will be added at some point during the 2007-08 season. Smith is an assistant coach.
- Eight players have their jerseys hanging at Carmichael as "honored jerseys." The women are Marsha Mann (No. 44), Bernadette McGlade (No. 14), Tresa Brown (No. 24), Pam Leake (No. 20), Tonya Sampson (No. 34), Sylvia Crawley (No. 00), Marion Jones (No. 20) and Tracy Reid (No. 00).
- UNC's biggest rival is Duke with N.C. State as its next most important rival.
- N.C. State plays in Reynolds Coliseum. The program began in 1974.
- Kay Yow has been the Wolfpack's coach every year but the first. In the more recent years of her career, Yow has become more known for her ongoing battle against breast cancer, but the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach has also built an impressive resume. Yow was 21-1 as the United States' women's basketball coach, including winning an Olympic gold medal in 1988.
- N.C. State had reached the NCAA Final Four once, in 1998. The Pack has won four ACC Tournaments.
- In 2000, the program retired seven player's jerseys. The players are: Genia Beasley (No. 50), Andrea Stinson (No. 32), Chasity Melvin (No. 44), Linda Page (No. 43), Trena Trice (No. 15), Susan Yow (No. 14) and Trudi Lacey (No. 22). Trena Trice-Hill is an assistant coach and Susan Yow is Kay Yow's younger sister.
- N.C. State's biggest rival is North Carolina. The ACC schedule is currently arranged so the Wolfpack only meets Duke once during the regular season.
There's very good women's basketball to be found outside of the ACC as well.
- The Eagles are in the process of moving to Division I from Division II play. N.C. Central had been a member of the CIAA and hopes to join the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which holds its tournament in Raleigh.
- N.C. Central plays in McLendon-McDougald Gymansium. The program began in 1975.
- The Eagles are coached by Joli Robinson, who is entering her 11th season.
- The Bears play in Spaudling Gymnasium.
- Shaw is a member of the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which holds its annual tournament in Charlotte.
- The Bears are coached by Jacques Curtis, who led Shaw to four straight CIAA title, a streak broken at the 2007 tournament.
- The Falcons play in Emery Gymnasium.
- St. Augustine's is a member of the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which holds its annual tournament
- The Falcons will have a new coach this season. LaTayna Collins joins St. Aug's from Southern Vermont, where she served in the same position.
Good Women's Basketball Links:
The ACC The conference site gives more information and includes ACCSelect, an Internet-streaming service that allows fans to watch their favorite sports.
ESPN.com ESPN owns the rights to the NCAA Tournament and broadcasts many of the biggest games during the season.
NCAA Sports The governing body has all kind of nifty statistically facts and tournament scheduling for the next couple of years.
Women's Hoop Blog They're passionate about college basketball and the WNBA. They pick up lots of issues pieces, follow Connecticut-Tennessee drama and religiously count the number of women's sports stories in The New York Times. They're also occasionally profane, so be forewarned.