Duke, UNC, State win ACC contests
No. 3 DUKE 78, BOSTON COLLEGE 57
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Richa Jackson scored a season-high 17 points and Haley Peters added 15 to help Duke beat Boston College.
Alexis Jones had 10 for the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who picked up the 800th victory in their program's history.
Chelsea Gray battled through a bruised thigh to score 11 points for Duke, which took control with a 19-2 run early in the first half.
The Blue Devils picked up their 40th consecutive home win against conference opponents and extended their home winning streak against unranked foes to 128 games.
Kat Cooper scored 21 points to lead Boston College (10-7, 1-2). Katie Zenevitch added 10 points for the Eagles. The Eagles scored on the first possession of the second half to cut Duke's lead to 43-32, but the Blue Devils answered with an 8-0 spurt.
No. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 65, NO. 18 FLORIDA STATE 61
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 25 points and North Carolina's second half effort brought down Florida State.
Stephanie Mavugna tossed in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for North Carolina (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Florida State (14-3, 2-1 ACC) led the Tar Heels 36-29 at intermission after taking control midway through the half and leading by as many as 10 points on a Cheetah Delgado 3-pointer at 2:57.
It took North Carolina almost 12 minutes of the second half to catch the Seminoles when Xylina McDaniel broke inside for a layup tying the score at 50. McDaniel added two free throws and another score inside the paint and the Tar Heels led 56-50 two minutes later.
Florida State could move no closer than four points down the stretch.
Morgan Jones led Seminole scorers with 18 points.
No. 20 N.C. STATE 62, WAKE FOREST 54
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Kody Burke's 18 points helped lead North Carolina State to a victory over Wake Forest.
Both teams were off the mark shooting following the opening tip with NC State (15-2, 2-1 ACC) leading 20-15 at the end of the turnover ridden first half.
The Wolf Pack opened the second with a 12-5 run, capped by Markeisha Gatling's jumper at 16:06 to go up 32-20.
Wake Forest (9-7, 0-3) stayed within striking distance over the next 14 minutes and trailed by just five points with 2:18 remaining on Millesa Calicott's 3-pointer.
It became a free throw contest leading up to the final buzzer and NC State was able to make 9 of 15 tries in the final two minutes to preserve the victory.
The Demon Deacons shot only 30 percent from the floor and Dearica Hamby led the way with 13 points.