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Blue Devils thwart Terps in ACC semis

Alana Beard scored 21 points, helping No. 2 Duke rally for a 70-63 win over Maryland in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament last night in Greensboro, N.C.

Monique Currie added 16 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils, who trailed by 8 in the second half before rallying and advancing to today's championship game against North Carolina.

Duke is trying to become the first team to win five straight ACC tourney titles.

North Carolina 75, N.C. State 64 -- Freshmen Ivory Latta scored 27 points and Camille Little added 24 as the 10th-ranked Tar Heels punched their title game ticket by dispatching their cross-state rivals. Latta hit five 3-pointers for the second-seeded Tar Heels. Marquetta Dickens scored 20 points to lead the Wolfpack.

Penn St. 58, Michigan St. 54 -- At Indianapolis, Kelly Mazzante scored 19 points and Jess Strom added 15 to lead the No. 5 Nittany Lions past the 25th-ranked Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Purdue 67, Ohio St. 61 -- Shereka Wright scored 31 points to lead the the sixth-ranked Boilermakers past the No. 22 Buckeyes and into the Big Ten title game.

Houston 86, TCU 75 -- At Fort Worth, Chandi Jones scored 24 of her 36 points in the second half, and the 11th-ranked Cougars won their 12th straight by dispatching the 16th-ranked Lady Frogs. The win clinched the Conference USA Tournament title and sealed Houston's first NCAA Tournament bid in 12 years.

Stanford 70, UCLA 66 -- Nicole Powell had 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Kelley Suminski had 18 points with five 3-pointers in the No. 12 Cardinal's comeback win over the Bruins in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at San Jose, Calif. Stanford rallied from 11 points down to beat the Bruins for the 11th straight time and will face Washington for the title tonight.

Vanderbilt 62, Georgia 56 -- At Nashville, freshman center Carla Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 21 Commodores rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the 20th-ranked Bulldogs and win the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Brandeis 62, E. Conn. St. 51 -- Danielle Fitzpatrick scored 14 points and Christine Clancy chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds as the host Judges beat the Warriors to their first ECAC New England Division 3 title.

Saint Francis 69, Quinnipiac 62 -- Tonjee Ward pumped in 24 points and Beth Swink added 22 as the Red Flash dumped the Bobcats in a Northeast Conference semifinal at Staten Island, N.Y. Quinnipiac's Ashlee Kelly collected 20 points and 26 rebounds.


Bowdoin 4, Middlebury 1 -- Meghan Gillis recorded a hat trick for the second straight game as the Polar Bears thwarted the Panthers in Brunswick, Maine, to clinch the NESCAC title. Kate Leonard also scored for Bowdoin (20-4-1), which earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Liz Yale-Loehr scored for Middlebury (21-4-0), snapping Natalie Morgan's three-game shutout streak.

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