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National Women: No. 2 North Carolina Routs No. 14 Virginia, 103-74

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rashanda McCants scored 23 points to help No. 2 North Carolina rout No. 14 Virginia, 103-74, last night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

It was the most points ever scored by the Tar Heels against the Cavaliers and marked their 13th straight win in the series.

Chay Shegog added 17 points for the Tar Heels (17-0, 3-0 ACC), who got off to a slow start before taking control late in the first half. North Carolina used a 17-6 run starting late in the opening half and culminating with baskets on its first four possessions after the break.

The Tar Heels led by 32 points, had 11 players score and held the Cavaliers to 38 percent shooting.

Monica Wright scored 24 points for Virginia (14-3, 1-1), and Lyndra Littles added 21. But the rest of the team managed a combined 29 points on 9-for-34 shooting.

North Carolina shook off a 2-for-11 start before finishing at 45 percent, including 9 of 22 from three-point range. The Tar Heels also had a 51-43 rebounding advantage.

· DUKE 57, VIRGINIA TECH 52: In Blacksburg, Va., Chante Black had 13 points and 14 rebounds and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils overcame a comeback bid by the Hokies for their 13th win in a row.

Duke (15-1, 3-0 ACC) beat Virginia Tech for the ninth straight time despite turning over the ball 28 times and allowing a late 9-0 run by the Hokies to pull them to 53-50 with 1 minute 3 seconds to play. But Karima Christmas hit both ends of a one-and-one with 23 seconds to play to push the lead back to five and the Blue Devils barely held on.

The Hokies (8-8, 0-3) lost for the sixth time in eight games. They started out quickly, hitting 6 of 8 shots to lead 14-9, then made just five of their next 42 attempts. The drought included a 1-for-17 start to the second half and numerous misses from close to the basket.

Black, the only player in the ACC to score in double figures in each of her team's games this season, was the only Blue Devils player to do it at Cassell Coliseum. Christmas added nine points.

Nikki Davis led Virginia Tech with 16 points, including a three-pointer with 1 minute 3 seconds to play that capped the 9-0 run and made it 53-50.

· MARIST 78, ST. PETER'S 58: Rachele Fitz had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 21 Red Foxes (16-1, 7-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) to a home win.

Fitz scored in double digits for the 51st straight game as Marist won its 13th straight game. Tania Kennedy scored 22 points for the Peahens (4-11, 1-5).


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