Top-seeded North Carolina State will play defending champion North Carolina Sunday at 4 in the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Tar Heels (21-9) defeated 20th-ranked Virginia, 76-55, tonight in the second of the semifinal games. The Wolfpack (23-5) advanced with an 89-57 romp over Duke. This will be the second straight year North Carolina and N.C. State have met in the women's final.
Sophomore center Dawn Royster scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Tar Heels. North Carolina overwhelmed the Cavaliers (21-7) with a 29-6 run during a nine-minute span of the second half.
Virginia scored only 11 points in the last 12 minutes of the game.
Cathy Grimes of Alexandria, No. 1 on Virginia's career scoring list, did not have a point in the first half and, bothered by foul trouble, finished with only six points. Nancy Mayer was the only player in double figures for the third-seeded Cavaliers with 16.
In the first game, North Carolina State capitalized on Duke's poor shooting and 28 turnovers. The Blue Devils missed 11 of 13 free throws in the second half.
Linda Page, the ACC's top scorer each of the past three years, scored 19 of her 30 points in the first half for the Wolfpack.