Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Wolfpack return victorious

RALEIGH, N.C. – All three Triangle-area women’s basketball teams returned home with winning records during the recent Thanksgiving holiday stretch of their schedules.

The second-ranked Duke Blue Devils (8-0) along with the 18th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2) and NC State Wolfpack (8-1) came away from their warmer-temp locations with a combined 7-2 record over four days of play.

Blue Devils become Paradise Jam division champs

Returning from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and led by a game-high 19 points from Tricia Liston and 17 points from Elizabeth Williams, the Blue Devils claimed the Island Division Championship on Saturday with a 73-40 win over the Kansas Jayhawks to close out their schedule of play in the 2013 Paradise Jam.

For her performance in leading the Blue Devils in scoring over three games – averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and one assist per game – Liston was named MVP while Williams earned All-Tournament team recognition.

Up next: Duke hosts the 16th-rankded Purdue Boilermakers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Tar Heels finish strong in Cancun

Freshman Stephanie Mavunga finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina to an 87-51 win over the Illinois Illini at the Cancun Challenge played at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday.

The Tar Heels finished the tournament with a 2-1 record as Mavunga and fellow freshman Diamond DeShields ended up on the All-Tournament team as she averaged 18-plus points per game, while Mavunga recorded a pair of double-doubles.

Up next: The Tar Heels host the 15th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup that will take place at Carmichael Arena on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Wolfpack returns 2-1 from Florida

The Wolfpack never trailed en route to topping the UCLA Bruins 67-49 on Sunday to finish their participation in the 2013 Gulf Coast Showcase with a 2-1 record.

The Wolfpack’s 54-percent shooting performance (26-48) and strong rebounding (30-18) contributed the win over its PAC-12 opponent and second straight win to end the tournament.

Freshman guard Miah Spencer tied a career high with 14 points and was one of three players to score 10-plus points in the game as Krystal Barrett and Markeisha Gatling each chipped in 10 points apiece to propel NC State’s offense in the win.

Up next: The Wolfpack goes back on the road to tip off against the Northwestern Wildcats as a part of their participation in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge that will take place in Evanston, Ill. on Thursday.

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Peter Koutroumpis is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Bowling Green State University. Living in the Raleigh area, he has been involved and employed in organized sport and competition as a player, official, teacher, coach, administrator, and volunteer. With more than 20 years of experience in sport event management and programming, as Owner and Managing Editor of the Triangle Sports Network, a set of online sports news sites, he provides a variety of perspectives on the amateur and professional sports landscape including the NCAA, NHL, NBA, PGA, and LPGA, and more.

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