Monday, March 10, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA BEATS DUKE (AGAIN)

North Carolina walked away from the Greensboro Coliseum with another ACC tournament championship Sunday. Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is hoping her #2 Tar Heels will be back here in a few weeks to play for a trip to the Final Four.

Erlana Larkins and Cetera DeGraffenreid each scored 17 points to help the Heels beat #11 Duke 86-73 in the title game, giving the program its fourth straight championship while almost certainly locking up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Rashanda McCants and LaToya Pringle each added 16 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-2), who became the first to win nine ACC tournament titles. North Carolina has won 12 straight and 21 of 22 games overall, a run that its coach hopes will keep the Tar Heels close to home for the NCAA tournament's Greensboro Regional later this month.

"In the ACC, our conference, we haven't lost a game this year and won the championship," Hatchell said. "I'm hoping all that will be taken into consideration."

North Carolina's Rashanda McCants (32) shoots as teammate Cetera DeGraffenreid (22) and Virginia's Sharnee Zoll (5) look on during the first half in a women's ACC college basketball tournament game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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