Duke’s Oderah Chidom selected in WNBA draft
Duke women’s basketball senior Oderah Chidom was selected 31st overall by the Atlanta Dream in the third round of the WNBA draft Thursday evening at Samsung 837 in New York. Chidom becomes the 21st Blue Devil to be selected in the WNBA draft.
Chidom, who hails from Oakland, Calif., appeared in 122 games in a Blue Devils uniform, while making 55 starts. She holds career averages of 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots. The 6-4 post holds the sixth-highest field goal percentage in Duke history with a 55.5 ledger. Her 153 blocked shots ranks sixth as well. Chidom played some of her best basketball in the postseason holding averages of 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in four NCAA Tournament contests.
As a senior, Chidom started 23 of 34 contests. She averaged 8.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals. Her 2.0 blocks per game mark ranked second in the ACC, while her 53.9 field-goal percentage ranked eighth. She notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in her return to her home state of California against Long Beach State. Chidom closed her career totaling 11 points in the NCAA tournament against Hampton and Oregon.
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UNC: senior Kendra Lynch was selected as a Finalist for USA Collegiate Player of the Year, as announced by USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States. Now in its 16th year, it is the most prestigious individual honor in NCAA Division I softball.
N.C. State: The team will return to action at Dail Stadium this weekend when it hosts conference foe Notre Dame in a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader Friday at 4 and 6 p.m., and a single game Saturday at noon. The Wolfpack enters the weekend with a 15-25 (8-4 ACC) record while the Fighting Irish are 23-15 (8-7) this season.
Wake Forest: No. 20 Demon Deacons are set for their first home ACC series of the month, welcoming the Fighting Irish to Winston-Salem this weekend. The Deacs lead the all-time series over Notre Dame, 10-5.
Duke: The Blue Devils are set for their first games at Jack Coombs Field this season as they welcome Boston College for a three-game ACC series Friday-Sunday. Duke (18-17, 6-9 ACC) has won two straight entering the weekend while Boston College (10-20, 1-14) is coming off a Tuesday victory over Harvard.
Elon: Looking to remain near the top of the CAA standings, the team will hit the road for a three-game league series at Towson this weekend. The Phoenix and Tigers will open the set with a 3 p.m. game on Friday. Game two is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. and the finale is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Campbell: Zack Ridgely and Kyle Zurak combined on a two-hitter, and Radford (14-19, 4-6 Big South) defeated the Camels (16-18, 5-5) 2-0 Thursday night at Jim Perry Stadium. The three-game series continues Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 2 p.m.
St. Augustine’s: On Friday and Saturday, the Falcons will play their final road series of the season against Bluefield State. The first doubleheader is at Mount Airy High School in Mount Airy on Friday and the second doubleheader is at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, W.Va. on Saturday. The starting times are 1 p.m. and approximately 3:30 p.m. both days.
Elon/N.C. State: Due to a scheduling conflict, the N.C. State-Elon baseball game slated for April 19, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
ACC championship: Duke took the early lead in their bid to regain the ACC Championship trophy on Thursday, but the Blue Devils have minimal breathing room with two rounds remaining to be played. Led by co-leader Leona McGuire’s 4-under-par round of 68, the team closed the day with a 4-under team score of 284 at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
UNC recorded its best team score to start an ACC Championship since 2004 with a 1-under par 287, putting the Tar Heels into a tie for third place. The Heels were led by junior Bryana Nguyen who used five birdies in her last six holes to shoot up the leaderboard and finish the day tied for the individual lead.
N.C. State shot 297 (plus-9) and sits in sixth place.
Wake Forest’s Sierra Sims shot a 3-under 69 to end the day tied for third place, one shot off the lead. Jennifer Kupcho is tied for sixth place after shooting a 2-under 70.
UNC: The Tar Heels notched a 7-0 shutout victory over Louisville on Thursday from Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The team visits Wake Forest at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Duke/Wake Forest: The 14th-ranked Duke team extended its win streak to 12 matches and remained perfect and ACC action with a 5-2 victory over No. 26 Wake Forest Thursday. The Blue Devils have not dropped a match since Feb. 12. The Deacs return to action on Saturday as they take on No. 3 North Carolina. First serve is set for 11 a.m at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. The Blue Devils next take on Syracuse on Saturday with first serve coming at 11 a.m.
Duke: The Blue Devils close out the home slate this weekend by hosting No. 41 Notre Dame on Friday and Miami on Saturday. First serve both days is set for 3 p.m. Saturday’s contest against Miami will be Senior Day for TJ Pura, who will be honored before the match.
Campbell/NCCU: The Campbell men’s tennis team secured a 4-0 nonconference home win on its Senior Day over visiting N.C. Central Thursday at the James R. Nisbet Tennis Center. The Camels won all completed matches to finish its regular season at 18-4. The Eagles will enter postseason play at 7-14.
Elon: After a two-game road trip to open CAA action, the Phoenix will come home for its last three home games of the regular season starting Friday at Rudd Field against Drexel. Opening draw is set for 6 p.m. The team will then welcome Delaware at 1 p.m. on Sunday to close the weekend.
UNC: Freshman Holly Carlton was selected to the 12-person U.S. Women’s Junior National Team roster that will compete in the 2017 U20 Women’s Pan American Cup, held May 8-13 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Track and Field
N.C. State: The team is set to compete at the Charlotte Invitational and Gamecock Invitational over the weekend. The Wolfpack’s distance runners will compete in Charlotte at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center Friday night and the Pack’s throwers, jumpers and sprinters will be in action in Columbia, S.C., Saturday at the Shelia and Morris Cregger Track.
St. Augustine’s: The team will tune up for next weekend’s CIAA Championships at the Aggie Invitational on the N.C. A&T State campus in Greensboro. The meet will start at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track.
Shaw: Freshman Tiara Derosa has been chosen to represent Bermuda in the 2017 Carifta Games being held in Curacao from April 15-17.
Shaw: Head Coach Adrian Jones announced that Cedric Dargan will take over as the Bears offensive line coach for the upcoming 2017 season. Dargan spent last season as the tight ends coach.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack concludes the regular-season portion of the schedule this weekend on its home Lonnie Poole Golf Course. The annual Wolfpack Spring Open will tee off Friday at 8:30 a.m. and will feature three total rounds of golf over two days.
Swimming and Diving
Duke: Under the leadership of Blue Devils senior captain Maddie Rusch, the free water safety clinic returned following a one-year hiatus. Rusch and her teammates hosted over 60 children from the Durham community over the span of three clinics this season, imparting important and potentially life-saving swimming skills.
St. Augustine’s: One hundred and fifteen student-athletes and cheerleaders were highlighted for having a 3.0 and higher grade point average at the university’s Honors Convocation. The women’s basketball team recorded the highest GPA (3.39) for women’s sport, while the baseball team posted the highest GPA (3.12) of all the men’s sports at the university.
Shaw: A total of 10 student-athletes, including two members from the women’s tennis team, three members of the football team, four members of the men’s tennis team and one women’s bowling and track and field student-athlete that were inducted into the National College Honor Society Chi Alpha Sigma.
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