Duke women take ACC's top seed

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DURHAM, N.C. — Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points and No. 7 Duke held on to beat No. 5 Miami 74-64 on Friday night, clinching the top seed in next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Chelsea Gray added 12 points and nine assists and Haley Peters had 12 points to help the Blue Devils (23-4, 14-1) snap Miami’s 13-game winning streak. Duke wrapped up the ACC’s No. 1 seed for the third straight year.

Duke shot 48.5 percent, forced 21 turnovers, outscored Miami 50-16 in the paint and held the Hurricanes to one field goal in the final 9½ minutes to extend its winning streak in ACC home games to 30.

Shenise Johnson, the ACC’s leading scorer, had 18 points and Riquna Williams had 17 on 6-of-16 shooting for Miami (24-4, 13-2), which missed its final nine shots.

Williams’ layup with 4 minutes remaining was the Hurricanes’ only basket down the stretch.

NO. 1 BAYLOR 76, KANSAS 45

In Lawrence, Kan., Brittney Griner scored 20 points in limited minutes, Kimetria Hayden added 16 and top-ranked Baylor used some suffocating defense to stifle Kansas.

Odyssey Sims added 15 points for the Lady Bears (29-0, 16-0 Big 12), who cruised to a 20-point lead early in the first half, allowing Griner and the rest of their first rotation to take much of the night off. The 6-foot-8 Griner only played 28 minutes.

Baylor shot 57.4 percent from the field, had a 42-33 rebounding advantage and was never in danger against Kansas, though most of that had to do with its defense.

The Jayhawks shot just 26.9 percent from the field, missing 14 of their first 15 shots.

Angel Goodrich led Kansas (18-10, 7-9) with 14 points.

NO. 6 MARYLAND 84, NORTH CAROLINA 64

In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Maryland took control early in a rout of North Carolina.

Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 and Laurin Mincy had 13 for the Terrapins (24-4, 11-4), who moved into a third-place tie with Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland gets the tiebreaker by virtue of its sweep of the Yellow Jackets. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in next week’s ACC tournament.

Chay Shegog scored 24 and Laura Broomfield had 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-9, 9-6).


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