DeShields leads No. 17 UNC past No. 3 Duke 89-78
Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and No. 17 North Carolina upset No. 3 Duke 89-78 on Monday night.
DeShields hit 12 of 20 shots while becoming the first player to score 30 against Duke since 2009.
Fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 24 points — including three three-point plays in the final 8 minutes — for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Xylina McDaniel finished with 17 points for North Carolina, which never trailed, hit 12 3-pointers, built three separate double-figure leads in the second half and finally made the third one stand.
The Tar Heels snapped a three-game overall losing streak, a seven-game slide against their fiercest rivals and claimed their first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2008.
Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting and Tricia Liston added 20 for Duke (22-3, 9-2).
After last week's 88-67 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame, the Blue Devils have lost consecutive games at Cameron for the first time in two decades.
Alexis Jones had 15 points and 11 assists for the Duke, which twice in the second half trailed by double digits but closed within one possession. Liston pulled the Blue Devils to 63-61 with her free throw with 8:13 left.
DeShields then swished a 3 from the left corner on the Tar Heels' next trip downcourt — holding her right hand in the air for a few extra seconds. Gray got behind Haley Peters for a fast-break layup through contact and hit the ensuing free throw to push the lead to 69-61 with 7:42 left.
Gray added another three-point play about 2 minutes later, and her 3-pointer with just under 5 minutes left put North Carolina up 75-64 — its third double-figure lead of the half.
This one stuck: Duke didn't get closer than seven the rest of the way, and now has its first losing streak at Cameron since it lost to Virginia and Clemson in January 1994.
DeShields eclipsed her previous high of 28 set against Arizona State in November and became the first player to put up 30 on the Blue Devils since James Madison's Dawn Evans (31) on Dec. 18, 2009.
DeShields and McDaniel helped the Tar Heels dominate the first half. They led 45-36 at the break after repeatedly pushing their lead to 12.
DeShields had 15 points and McDaniel had 12 at halftime against a Duke team that hadn't allowed more than 44 points in any first half all year.
McDaniel's 3-pointer about 15 seconds into the second half made it 48-36, but Duke temporarily made it a game again by reeling off 11 straight points over the next 2½ minutes.
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