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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Catching up with....ACC Women's Basketball -- Sunday Cardinal Couple

All 15 ACC teams at .500 or better so far

Although there have been no ACC conference matchups as of 12-14-2014, the 15 ACC women's basketball teams have been busy in non-conference games and the ACC has five schools ranked in the top 20 of NCAA D1 Women's basketball. #5 Notre Dame, #6 UNC, #10 Louisville #13 Duke and #20 Syracuse lead the way in rankings. 

Let's look at how the Atlantic Coast Conference schools are doing so far. 

North Carolina

At 8-0, the Tarheels are the lone unbeaten team left in the ACC. Quality wins over Stanford 70-54 and Rutgers 96-93 standout. Player of note:  Allisha Gray poured in 29 against the Scarlet Knights. 

Notre Dame

Muffet McGraw's Irish are 10-1, the lone loss to Connecticut. They won a squeaker against DePaul in extra minutes 94-93 and handled Maryland with surprising ease 92-72. Player of note: Jewel Loyd tallied 41 against DePaul.

Florida State

The Seminoles stand at 8-1 and own victories over Purdue 67-64 and Florida 77-51. Their lone loss was to Washington. Player of Note: Ex Kentucky star Maegan Conwright is enjoying the Tallahassee climate with 14.3 ppg. 


The Cards are flying high at 8-1, falling only to Kentucky. Quality wins over Iowa 86-52 and Western Kentucky 89-69 at home have been confidence builders. Player of note: Bria Smith had a triple-double against WKU. 


"Q" has the Orange rolling at 6-1...a four-point loss to #1 South Carolina in the Bahamas the only blemish. They've handled Penn State 61-39 and East Carolina 69-58. Players of note: 6'4" twins Bria and Briana Day are bookend boards ballers.


The southernmost ACC school stands at 7-2 and looked impressive in wins over Tulsa 69-57 and Wisconsin 66-54. Player of note: Guard Adrienne Motley is one of several Hurricanes good for double figures on any given night. 


The Cavs are 6-2 so far and own the state of Ohio with victories over Ohio St. 87-82 and Xavier 71-62. Player of Note: Former Kentucky Miss Basketball Sara Beth Barnette transferred in from UK and has added rebounding depth for Joanne Boyle.

North Carolina State

7-3 so far for the Wolfpack...who trounced Texas Tech 75-42 and prevailed over Charlotte 70-63. Player of note: Guard Len'Nique Brown-Hoskin is a legit three-point threat...having knocked down six of them last time out. 

Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons sit at 6-3 but have taken it on the chin against Michigan 83-69 and Arizona 72-69. Player of note: 6'3" post Dearica Hamby is averaging a double-double with 22.9 ppg and 10.6 rebounds. 


Coach Joanne P.'s Devils have had ups and downs at 5-3. Losses to #1 South Carolina 51-50 and #7 Texas A&M 63-59 are understandable. Player of note: Former Miss Kentucky Basketball Rebecca Greenwell has recovered nicely from knee surgery. 


Signs of life in the Peterson Event Center for 5-3 Pitt with wins against Michigan 83-54 and Ohio State 78-74. Player of Note: Briana Kiesel is a do-everything star for the Panthers. "Bubbles" Anderson, a 6'11" post, is out with an ACL injury.

Virginia Tech

6-4 for the Hokies so far...losses to Florida 73-44 and Northwestern 70-45 raises an eyebrow. Player of Note: Freshman guard Rachel Camp leads the team with 16.6 ppg for head coach Dennis Wolff.

Boston College

The Eagles are off to a 5-4 beginning. No shame in losing to Stanford 96-63 to start the season. A 76-67 loss to IU does raise some questions. Players of note: Guard Nicole Boudreau is a long range bomber...leading scorer Kelly Hughes is a Megan Deines look-alike.

Georgia Tech

The Atlanta school reports in at 5-4. The Big 10 has been unkind to the Yellow Jackets...losses to Minnesota 72-69 and Michigan State 79-73. Player of note: Sophomore guard and former Louisville target Kaela Davis gets 18.4 a game.


A 5-5 beginning for the Tigers. Rough outings against South Carolina 91-44 and Middle Tennessee 69-28. Head coach Audra Smith has all-around guard Nikki Dixon but not much else to go with her. 


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  1. Nice summary of our "upgraded" league challenges. One thing about the ACC, we'll have to earn our wins. There's no place to hide in this conference. Hopefully we'll rise to the challenge.

  2. Nice write up, Paulie. The ACC will be a challenge for Louisville. IT does appear there will be a few less than fearsome opponents available in Pittsburgh on down.

    Curtis Franklin


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