Tar Heels crush Tigers in ACC women's tournament

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Freshman Brittany Rountree scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers to help North Carolina beat Clemson 90-51 in Thursday’s first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

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Clemson's Nikki Dixon and North Carolina's Laura Broomfield keep an eye on the ball during the first half of a first round women's Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament game in Greensboro, N.C.  GERRY BROOME/ASSOCIATED PRESS
GERRY BROOME/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Clemson's Nikki Dixon and North Carolina's Laura Broomfield keep an eye on the ball during the first half of a first round women's Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament game in Greensboro, N.C.

The Tar Heels (20-10) led by 49 after halftime and earned their biggest victory margin in an ACC Tournament game. They avenged a 52-47 home loss to Clemson in January and face No. 15 Georgia Tech in today’s quarterfinals.

Nikki Dixon scored 14 points for the Tigers (6-22).

ACC TOURNAMENT

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 74,

FLORIDA STATE 71

Marissa Kastanek scored 21 points to help North Carolina State (17-14) beat Florida State (14-17).

WAKE FOREST 80,

VIRGINIA TECH 74

Lakevia Boykin scored 22 points to lead Wake Forest (18-12) past Virginia Tech
(7-23).

VIRGINIA 72,

BOSTON COLLEGE 41

Ataira Franklin scored 20 points to help Virginia (22-9) rout Boston College (7-23).

SEC TOURNAMENT

FLORIDA 70, AUBURN 60

In Nashville, Tenn., Jordan Jones scored 17 points as Florida (19-11) beat Auburn (13-17) in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The game marked the end of Auburn coach Nell Fortner’s career. Fortner announced on Feb. 21 she was retiring after her eighth season with the Tigers and 18th year as a head coach.

VANDERBILT 67,

MISSISSIPPI STATE 51

Christina Foggie scored 18 points, and Vanderbilt
(22-8) beat Mississippi State.

Mississippi State finished 14-16, not putting up much of a fight in coach Sharon Fanning-Otis’ last game before retiring from coaching.

ARKANSAS 67, MISSISSIPPI 47

C’eira Ricketts scored 10 points and Arkansas (22-7) beat Mississippi (12-18).

The Razorbacks shot 49 percent from the floor and sank 9 of 18 from 3-point range. They expanded their lead to 20 points with 6:09 to go in the first half and led by as many as 25 points in the second half.

TOP 25

NO. 11 GREEN BAY 85,

LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 56

In Chicago, Julie Wojta scored 24 points, and Green Bay (26-1, 16-1 Horizon League) pulled away to beat Loyola (12-16, 7-10).

NO. 24 NEBRASKA 88,

NORTHWESTERN 56

In Indianapolis, Jordan Hooper scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half as Nebraska (22-7) rolled over Northwestern (14-16) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

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