Duke wins first ACC title

Posted: Tuesday, March 07, 2000

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Lauren Rice and Georgia Schweitzer scored 16 points apiece and No. 11 Duke won its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship by surviving a late North Carolina rally for a 79-76 victory Monday night.

Five players scored in double figures to help Duke (26-5) defeat North Carolina for the first time in five tries in the ACC tournament.

The Blue Devils needed the balance and production on a night when North Carolina (18-12) rallied from nine points down in the final seven minutes, only to come up short in its bid for its sixth ACC crown.

The Tar Heels' Nikki Teasley had 31 points, including 7-for-11 showing from three-point range. But she also figured prominently in several players that hurt North Carolina, including a five-point play in the first half that put Duke ahead for most of the game.

Teasley's final 3-pointer a 23-footer from the left wing, made it 72-71 with 1:52 left, North Carolina's first lead since 2-0.

Schweitzer's layup with 71 seconds put Duke back on top and after a missed 3-pointer by Teasley sailed out of bounds, Missy West sank a foul shot that made Duke's lead 74-72 at the 39-second mark.

After Teasley missed another 3-pointer, the Tar Heels were called for a loose ball foul in the scramble for the rebound. Duke sealed it by making three of four free throws in the closing seconds and getting a fast-break layup from Michele Matyasovsky.

West added 14 points for Duke, Krista Gingrich had 11 and Sheana Mosch 10.

North Carolina also got 15 points from Juana Brown, 14 from Jackie Higgins and 12 from LaQuanda Barksdale.

No. 1 UConn 79, No. 17 Boston College 54

STORRS, Conn. - Tamika Williams had 16 points as No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 17 Boston College 79-54 on Monday in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

UConn (29-1) will play No. 8 Rutgers in the championship game Tuesday night. The defending champion Huskies have won the last six tournament titles.

Becky Gottstein led Boston College (25-8) with 19 points.

No. 8 Rutgers 81, No. 5 Notre Dame 72, OT

STORRS, Conn. - Shawnetta Stewart had nine points and a key steal in overtime as Rutgers beat Notre Dame in the Big East tournament semifinals.

Stewart finished with 23 points for the Scarlet Knights (22-6). Ruth Riley led the Fighting Irish (25-4) with 20 points.

No. 21 Tulane 73, Alabama-Birmingham 70

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Janell Burse scored 21 points and Grace Daley added 19 as Tulane beat Alabama-Birmingham in the final of the Conference USA tournament.

Fabrecia Roberson added 12 points Tulane (26-4). Deanna Jackson had 29 points and 10 rebounds for UAB (19-12).

Xavier 80, No. 23 George Washington 66

PHILADELPHIA - Nicole Levandusky had 19 points as Xavier won its first Atlantic 10 title, beating George Washington.

Amy Waugh added 14 points, Jennifer Phillips had 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Kim Hotz also had 13 points for the Musketeers (26-4), who have won 15 of their last 16 games.

Petra Dubovcova led George Washington (25-5) with 20 points.

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