Duke closes regular season with win over UNC
The 13th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team registered a Blue Devils record 32 fourth-quarter points and closed the regular season with a 95-71 victory over rival North Carolina Sunday in Chapel Hill.
The Blue Devils finished the regular season 25-4 and 13-3 in the ACC, which placed tied for second in the league along with Florida State. Duke earned the No. 3 overall seed in the upcoming ACC tournament and will play at 8 p.m. Friday in Conway, S.C.
Rebecca Greenwell led all scorers with 30 points, while Lexie Brown added 19 for the Blue Devils. Sophomore Kyra Lambert tallied her first collegiate double-double with a career-high 13 assists and 12 points for Duke. The 13 assists were tied for the third-most in a single game in Duke history.
Paris Kea scored 19 points to lead North Carolina (14-15, 3-13).
N.C. State: The Wolfpack (22-7, 12-4 ACC) concluded the regular season with an important road victory on Sunday, winning 59-48 at Virginia.
The win has the Wolfpack tied for fourth place in the ACC standings with Louisville, and since the Wolfpack defeated Louisville 72-70 in overtime on Feb. 2, it earns the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC tournament. Postseason play begins for the team begins at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Elon: Junior guard Shay Burnett connected on a contested layup with 3.6 seconds left on the road against Towson to lift the Falcons to a 67-65 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
Wake Forest: Kelila Atkinson recorded a season-high 15 points as the Demon Deacons fell to No. 20 Louisville in the regular-season finale Sunday at LJVM Coliseum.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack came up short in its series finale against Austin Peay, dropping a 7-3 decision Sunday at Doak Field. The Wolfpack won Friday and Saturday’s games to clinch the series, but was unable to complete the sweep.
The Pack falls to 4-2 on the season, while the Governors run their record to 4-3. Austin Peay struck first in the contest with a pair of runs in the top of the second to take its first lead of the series.
Duke: The Blue Devils clinched the series victory over Army with a 5-1 victory Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Ryan Day’s quality start and opportunistic offense gave the team a lead that relievers Karl Blum and Jack Labosky preserved down the stretch.
UNC: Luca Dalatri struck out 15 and did not walk a batter over eight sparkling innings as No. 9 Tar Heels completed their second weekend sweep of the year with a 7-5 win over Radford Sunday at Boshamer Stadium.
Dalatri’s 15 strikeouts were the most for any Tar Heel since Matt Harvey struck out 15 at Clemson in 2010. Brian Miller and Logan Warmoth also had two hits apiece to lead the Carolina offense.
Campbell: Jeff Hahs drove in three, and Matthew Barefoot notched a three-hit day to lead the Camels over Quinnipiac 11-6 Sunday at Jim Perry Stadium, claiming the weekend series. The team improved to 4-3 with the win, taking the three-game set two games to one, while Quinnipiac fell to 4-3 on the season.
Elon: The team faced another tight game with the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers Sunday. The Pheonix fell short 3-0 in the series finale. Five different players each had one hit for the team (3-4).
Wake Forest: The Deacons’ offense kept up its torrid pace in a series-clinching 18-5 victory over Southern Cal at David F. Couch Ballpark on Sunday. The win was head coach Tom Walter’s 200th at the helm of the Demon Deacons (4-4).
Elon: The team fell to Syracuse, 3-2, in the Phoenix’s final contest at the Citrus Classic on Sunday morning, Feb. 26, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Phoenix fell to 1-3 all-time versus the Orange as both programs met for the first time since the 2014 season.
Campbell: Coastal Carolina scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Camels 3-2 Sunday at the Chanticleer Invitational.
The Camels finished the Chanticleer Invitational with a 3-2 mark.
Mt. Olive: The Trojans fell to Catawba College, 7-4, to wrap up the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, S.C.
UNC: The Tar Heels completed the sweep of the annual Carolina Classic on Sunday, defeating Marshall, 8-3, and Hampton, 8-2, to close out a perfect 4-0 weekend at Anderson Stadium. The twin bill sweep increases the Tar Heels’ (10-4) win streak to six straight and 10 of the last 11.
The Heels hit six home runs on the final day of the tournament, with two each by Taylor Wike, Katie Bailiff and Kendra Lynch. The team hit .377 with a .754 slugging percentage over the doubleheader to secure the Carolina Classic title.
N.C. State: The team fell to No. 20 Mississippi State 5-2 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on Sunday. The Wolfpack move to 7-6 on the season, while Mississippi State improves to 7-3.
Elon: Heather Munro recorded three of her four birdies over her final nine holes to lead the team on day one of the 2017 Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic on Sunday.
Munro’s performance has helped the Phoenix to a tie for 12th in the field of 43 teams following one round of action. Round two of the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic will be played Monday.
ECU: The Pirates concluded the third and final round at The Hayt on Sunday by finishing 10th, shooting a three-day total of 899 (296-294-299).
The Pirates were led by freshman Patrick Stephenson (69-74-76-219) who finished tied for 14th at 3-over-par on the 6,976-yard, par 72 Sawgrass Country Club course.
Wake Forest: The team opened play Sunday at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate with the first round at the Querencia Golf Club. The Demon Deacons shot a 7-under opening round 277 and are in third place after the first day of play. Paul McBride holds the first round individual lead after shooting a 6-under 65 on Sunday.
The Querencia Cabo Collegiate continues Monday and concludes Tuesday at the Querencia Golf Club.
Campbell:Ray Kraivixien finished fifth individually and the Camels moved up to a third-place tie following Sunday’s final round of The Hayt Invitational men’s golf tournament at Sawgrass Country Club.
In a field that included five teams ranked among the nation’s top 50, the team (293-292-290-875) recorded the low team score of the day and finished even with No.-49 UCF (285-299-291).
Thomas La Morte finished as individual runner-up Sunday in the Heel-Pack Individual tournament at Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
After shooting a four-under 68 on Saturday at the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, La Morte shot a 76 Sunday and finished one stroke behind Steven DiLisio of Duke (73-70—143).
Junior Carl Kreibich tied for 14th (75-76—151) and red-shirt junior Jeremy Nevius was 18th (76-76—152), While Senior Josh Goheen finished in a tie for 30th (85-75—160).
Elon: Jared Mactas posted his second consecutive round of 70 to lead the team in the second round of the Loyola Intercollegiate at Palm Valley Golf Club. The Phoenix moved up one spot and is tied tied for fifth out of 16 teams with a team total of 569 (-7).
The Phoenix made 21 birdies on the second day.
N.C. State: All four Wolfpack golfers finished within the top 11 of the tournament field at the 2017 Heel/Pack Individual Tournament this weekend. The tournament featured two rounds of golf: Saturday at UNC Finley Golf Course and Sunday at Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the team’s campus.
If the event was scored as a team tournament, the Wolfpack would have claimed first place, as the combination of Dwight Cauthen (T6), Christian Salzer (T6), Chad Cox (T9), and Nolan Mills Jr. (T11) combined to shoot 595 (plus-19) over the course of two rounds.
Duke: Coming off training with the United States Women’s National Team, recent graduate Christina Gibbons has been selected to travel to La Manga, Spain from Feb. 25 through March 7 to compete in three matches with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team.
The squad will take on Japan on March 2 followed by contests against England (March 4) and Norway (March 7). These will be the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-23 squad.
Duke: Notre Dame’s Grace Muller broke an 11-11 tie with 1:29 remaining in the game Sunday to push the No. 9 Fighting Irish past No. 8 Duke inside Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils, who suffered their first loss and are now 4-1 overall and 0-1 in ACC play, had been ahead or tied for the entire game prior to Muller’s deciding tally.
Sophomore Olivia Jenner led the team’s offensive effort with a career-high four goals and added three assists to finish with a personal-best seven points.
Track & Field
Mt. Olive: The Trojans teams picked up six NCAA Provisional Qualifiers and broke two school records as the teams competed at the Last Chance Meet in Roanoke, Va. hosted by George Mason University over the weekend. The Trojans who set NCAA Provisional Qualifiers throughout the indoor season will find out Monday if they have secured a spot in the 2017 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships.
UNC: The second day of the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Fencing Championships looked much like the first for the Tar Heels with a third-place team finish and a fourth-place individual performance leading the way on Sunday at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The morning kicked off with the men’s individual competition, beginning at 7 a.m. Junior Matthew Shlimak reached the semifinals and placed fourth to give the team their top finish of the day. In the afternoon, the Tar Heel women finished 1-2 in the team competition, just as the men did on Saturday.
Mt. Olive: After falling behind 2-1, the team rallied to defeat Lincoln Memorial University, 3-2, in a nonconference match in Mars Gym in Harrogate, Tenn.
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