College Sports

Wolfpack women’s basketball tops Lenoir-Rhyne

The N.C. State women team earned a 70-52 exhibition win over the visiting Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday night inside Reynolds Coliseum.

Sophomore guard Miah Spencer led the Wolfpack with 15 points.

The Wolfpack will officially begin the 2014-15 season at home on Friday against Tennessee State.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Field hockey

UNC: Syracuse’s Emma Russell scored her second goal of the game in the eighth minute of overtime play Friday to give the Orange a 3-2 win over No. 1 North Carolina and earn her team a spot in Sunday’s Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey championship game. With semifinals loss, the Tar Heels, seeded No. 2 in the tournament, will await word of the NCAA Tournament bracket while sixth-seeded Syracuse (15-4) plays fourth-seeded Wake Forest Sunday at 1 p.m. for the ACC crown. UNC (17-3) failed to reach the title game for the first time since 2009.

It marked the second year in a row that UNC and Syracuse met in the ACC Tournament semifinals. In 2013, Carolina won 1-0 to advance to the title game.

The Orange got on the board first Friday, on a goal in the 16th minute of play. Russell had the score on a hard shot from mid-circle, assisted by Alyssa Manley.

After leading the RPI all season, the Tar Heels are expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Nov. 15 at campus sites. The bracket will be announced at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Wake Forest: Anna Kozniuk scored the game-winning goal with just over six minutes remaining as No. 11-ranked Wake Forest defeated No. 13 Virginia 2-1 to advance to the 2014 ACC Championship match on Friday in Durham.

Wake Forest (13-6) will face No. 6 Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the championship match for a chance to win its fourth ACC Championship.

Tennis

N.C. State: The women’s tennis team opened up the Kitty Harrison Invitational Friday, winning eight matches, including six match wins in singles play.

The doubles duo of Joanna Nalborska and Natalia Janowicz, as well as the tandem of Elisha Hande and Tayla Stenta captured wins in doubles play, while all six girls competing in singles swept East Carolina in all six matches on day one of play.

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