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February 25, 2013

Duke clinches ACC with win

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. —

No. 16 North Carolina 68, N.C. State 58: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt matched her career high with 24 points to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State.

Fellow senior Waltiea Rolle added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (25-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat their nearby rival for the 23rd time in 27 meetings.

Ruffin-Pratt and Rolle both came up big during a 7-0 spurt that finally helped North Carolina build a cushion against the Wolfpack (13-15, 5-11), though the Tar Heels had to fight to the final minute to secure the win.

Marissa Kastanek scored 17 to lead the Wolfpack.

NO. 17 UCLA 63, Southern Cal 58: Nirra Fields and Thea Lemberger each scored 12 points and UCLA held off a second half rally to beat Southern California.

Fields and Lemberger also combined for 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals to lead the Bruins (21-6, 12-4 Pac-12) to their eighth win in the last 10 games.

The Trojans cut the lead to 51-50 on a basket by Cassie Harberts with 3:05 remaining, but Kari Korver followed with a 3-pointer and Markel Walker added a basket to give the Bruins a 56-52 cushion with 1:09 left. Lemberger and Mariah Williams made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Harberts had 22 points and 11 rebounds for USC (8-19, 5-11), which has lost eight in a row.

No. 18 Delaware 61, James Madison 60: Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points, including a key free throw in the waning seconds, and Delaware held off James Madison to win its 19th straight and clinch a share of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Blue Hens (24-3, 15-0) trailed 29-25 at halftime, but Delle Donne’s three-point play put them ahead 44-41 with 12:30 left. Delaware led the rest of the way, though the Dukes threatened late.

Delle Donne’s free throw with 15 seconds remaining made it 61-58.

Tarik Hislop led James Madison (18-9, 12-3) with 17 points on 7-of-27 shooting, and Kirby Burkholder added 16 points and 14 rebounds.

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