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  #1 Duke 92, #3 UNC 73
Devils Crush North Carolina for 2013 ACC Title
March 10, 2013

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

Duke Blue Devils - 2013 ACC Champions!
DWHoops Championship Photo by Orin Day

The Nutshell: In a game that was close for about fifteen minutes, Duke punished UNC's mistakes by turning them into points early and often. The Heels were actually the aggressors in the early going, leading by as much as 5 thanks to 7 quick points by the hero of the semifinals, Latifah Coleman. Chloe Wells came off the bench to put Duke back in front, scoring 5 points and finding Williams for a three point play. Haley Peters then scored 5 in a row, showing off her versatility with a three and and a drive. This was a theme for the game, one that made it hard to pick an MVP for the tournament, because different Duke players took turns scoring and making plays. Playing their third game in three games gave this team an incredible sense of rhythm and chemistry.

The Devils led 21-20 with under seven minutes to go when Duke really started to take off and the wheels fell off for the Heels. Elizabeth Williams dished to a cutting Peters for a score, and then stuck back her own miss after a steal by Alexis Jones. After two UNC foul shots, Liston scored on a runner, Williams hit 2 free throws, Richa Jackson hit 2 free throws after a steal by Wells and then hit a short jumper after Williams played cornerback and got another steal. Another Williams steal led to two foul shots for Liston. The coup de grace was Allison Vernerey going off the dribble like a guard and driving to the hoop for a score. Williams hit a beautiful turnover jumper over 6-6 Waltiea Rolle to make it 39-22 with 42 seconds left in the half. Rolle hit 2 foul shots to bring her team within 15 points.

Though the score was eerily similar to UNC's comeback win over Maryland a night earlier, things were very different this time around. The Heels weren't facing an exhausted team that had just played overtime the night before using only seven players. Duke was rested and knew that there were things they could have done better, like block out (they gave up 8 second chance points). On the other hand, Duke's aggressive defense turned 8 UNC turnovers into 14 points, which is a mark of efficiency. Though Duke established that lead in the first half, they really won the game in the first five minutes of the second half. This was all on Jones, who carved the Heels up with 6 points and 2 assists, including a beautiful steal and runout. When Williams pulled up from 15' for a jumpshot and it banked in, you knew that things were going to go Duke's way, as it made the score 51-28. That began UNC's slow, torturous comeback attempt built on bulling their way to the basket and getting fouled. They pulled within 17 with twelve minutes left, but a three by Liston and consecutive drives by Peters blunted that effort. Duke went up by 26 with under eight minutes to go, but a 9-0 UNC run wasn't enough to make a big enough dent or keep the clock from running. Duke kept throwing the ball over the top to break pressure and get some easy looks, building the lead to 26 with under three minutes to go. The Heels kept fouling and hitting to the very end, cutting the final margin to 19. Duke was smart in the way they worked the clock and let UNC drive instead of overcommitting on defense and opening things up for their shooters. This is Duke's 8th ACC title, putting them one behind UNC and two behind Maryland for most titles all-time.

DWHoops Photos by Orin Day

Member Photos are below - public photos have been added through the 14 minute mark of the second half, with more to come Monday.
Link to this Photo I didn't have to ask this young man twice if he wanted his picture taken!  - UNC Players:  UNC Fans
I didn't have to ask this young man twice if he wanted his picture taken!
 
UNC Tags: UNC Fans

Link to this Photo Ballkids with Ramses  - UNC Players: Mascot Ramses
Ballkids with Ramses
 
UNC Tags: Mascot Ramses

Link to this Photo Duke Pep Band working hard!  - Duke Tags: Duke Pep Band
Duke Pep Band working hard!
 
Duke Tags: Duke Pep Band
Link to this Photo Dee Kantner tosses and we're off...
Dee Kantner tosses and we're off...

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Link to this Photo Things seemed to immediately go wrong for Carolina as Tierra got her first and second fouls before a single point was scored
Things seemed to immediately go wrong for Carolina as Tierra got her first and second fouls before a single point was scored
Link to this Photo Jones. 4-2 Duke.  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Jones. 4-2 Duke.
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Link to this Photo Rolle hits a pair, tie game  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle hits a pair, tie game
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo Xylina well guarded  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Xylina well guarded
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Gross gathers in a rebound  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams , #2 Alexis Jones - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross
Gross gathers in a rebound
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams , #2 Alexis Jones
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo Coleman scored five in a row, Heels up 11-8  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman
Coleman scored five in a row, Heels up 11-8
 
UNC Tags: #2 Latifah Coleman

Link to this Photo Duke couldn't get up the court fast enough for Coach P, screaming at them to
Duke couldn't get up the court fast enough for Coach P, screaming at them to "Go!"
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Williams lost the handle and threw it into the UNC cheerleaders, turnover  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Williams lost the handle and threw it into the UNC cheerleaders, turnover
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Link to this Photo With Duke down 6, a miss  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
With Duke down 6, a miss
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

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Link to this Photo Rejection by Vernerey  - Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
Rejection by Vernerey
 
Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts
Link to this Photo London Bridge held over for another showing, but this time a foul on Xylina. Old-fashioned three point play for Liz. 16-13 Heels.  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle, #34 Xylina McDaniel
London Bridge held over for another showing, but this time a foul on Xylina. Old-fashioned three point play for Liz. 16-13 Heels.
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle, #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: Duke Cheerleaders
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: Duke Cheerleaders

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: Duke Blue Devil Mascot
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: Duke Blue Devil Mascot
Link to this Photo Wells trey knots it at 19.  - Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
Wells trey knots it at 19.
 
Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
Link to this Photo Peters trey. 19-16 Devils.  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Peters trey. 19-16 Devils.
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Peters push in the back, foul #2  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
Peters push in the back, foul #2
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
Link to this Photo Rolle. Heels trail 21-18.  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle. Heels trail 21-18.
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Rolle.  Heels within one.  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle. Heels within one.
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: Mascot Ramses
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: Mascot Ramses
Link to this Photo Referee Eric Brewton waiting for the time out to end
Referee Eric Brewton waiting for the time out to end
Link to this Photo Not a good day at the office  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Not a good day at the office
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell

Link to this Photo Rolle draws foul #2 on Jones, who would ride the pine through Duke's gamebreaking run  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle draws foul #2 on Jones, who would ride the pine through Duke's gamebreaking run
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Rolle comes through, cutting Duke's lead to three  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle comes through, cutting Duke's lead to three
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Swish, swish. 29-22 Duke.  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Swish, swish. 29-22 Duke.
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Fans
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: UNC Fans
Link to this Photo Jackson. 33-22 Duke.  - Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Jackson. 33-22 Duke.
 
Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

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Link to this Photo Alli unphased by hand of friendship from Rolle, 37-22 Duke on a huge run  - Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Alli unphased by hand of friendship from Rolle, 37-22 Duke on a huge run
 
Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo
"Hey Tierra! Wait up!"
 
Duke Tags: #15 Richa Jackson
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo Duke takes a commanding halftime lead
Duke takes a commanding halftime lead

Link to this Photo The amazing halftime entertainment was straight from New Orleans, the Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band!
The amazing halftime entertainment was straight from New Orleans, the Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band!
Link to this Photo In the first minute of the second half McDaniel ends an eight minute Tar Heel field goal drought. 41-26 Duke.  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
In the first minute of the second half McDaniel ends an eight minute Tar Heel field goal drought. 41-26 Duke.
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

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Link to this Photo Williams fends off Rountree to score. 43-26 Duke.  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Williams fends off Rountree to score. 43-26 Duke.
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
Link to this Photo Our friend John P. Mundy of Wake Forest site BloggerSoDear joined the merry band of those covering all 11 tournament games.  Next year 11 would be skipping a day!
Our friend John P. Mundy of Wake Forest site BloggerSoDear joined the merry band of those covering all 11 tournament games. Next year 11 would be skipping a day!

Link to this Photo Directing the Carolina offense  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross
Directing the Carolina offense
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo A monumental miss  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
A monumental miss
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo All ball up top, but body contact just before would send Jones to the stripe  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
All ball up top, but body contact just before would send Jones to the stripe
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo Words for Dee as Duke's bigs are in foul trouble  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Words for Dee as Duke's bigs are in foul trouble
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Jones on the line, Duke goes up 21  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Jones on the line, Duke goes up 21
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones

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Link to this Photo Final
Final "Rock Lobster" performance of the tournament
 
Duke Tags: Duke Cheerleaders
Link to this Photo Danielle Butts sandwiched, Jackson gets the foul  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams , #15 Richa Jackson - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
Danielle Butts sandwiched, Jackson gets the foul
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams , #15 Richa Jackson
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts
Link to this Photo We have complained before about Krista Gross protesting every single call, but this time the call was corrected in her favor!  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross
We have complained before about Krista Gross protesting every single call, but this time the call was corrected in her favor!
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross

Link to this Photo We'll have more public photos Monday...  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
We'll have more public photos Monday...
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Relentless defense from Duke  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones, #4 Chloe Wells - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Relentless defense from Duke
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones, #4 Chloe Wells
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree

Link to this Photo Foul #3 on Vernerey  - Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
Foul #3 on Vernerey
 
Duke Tags: #43 Allison Vernerey
Link to this Photo After a couple quick Carolina baskets, Liston makes another three. 58-38 Duke.  - Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
After a couple quick Carolina baskets, Liston makes another three. 58-38 Duke.
 
Duke Tags: #32 Tricia Liston
Link to this Photo Rejection by McDaniel, out to Duke  - Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Rejection by McDaniel, out to Duke
 
Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

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Link to this Photo Dow Hines retrieves the ball after an inbounds pass was kicked
Dow Hines retrieves the ball after an inbounds pass was kicked
Link to this Photo Referee Dee Kantner
Referee Dee Kantner
Link to this Photo Haley Peters reverse layup. 60-40 Duke.
Haley Peters reverse layup. 60-40 Duke.

Link to this Photo Alexis Jones with a cold-blooded trey. 65-42 Duke.  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Alexis Jones with a cold-blooded trey. 65-42 Duke.
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #25 Katie Heckman, #30 Amber Henson
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #25 Katie Heckman, #30 Amber Henson
Link to this Photo I don't think Dee is buying what Joanne is selling  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
I don't think Dee is buying what Joanne is selling
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie

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Link to this Photo Alexis Jones was named ACC Tournament MVP, only the third freshman to ever earn that honor  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Alexis Jones was named ACC Tournament MVP, only the third freshman to ever earn that honor
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Coach Hatchell tells her players to keep fighting  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Coach Hatchell tells her players to keep fighting
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell

Link to this Photo An impromptu portrait of Waltiea Rolle  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
An impromptu portrait of Waltiea Rolle
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Johnson gives Duke their largest lead, 26 points.  The Carolina run would come next.  - Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson
Johnson gives Duke their largest lead, 26 points. The Carolina run would come next.
 
Duke Tags: #14 Ka'lia Johnson

Link to this Photo Coach McCallie steadies her freshman point guard  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones, Joanne P. McCallie
Coach McCallie steadies her freshman point guard
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones, Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones

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Link to this Photo I will miss taking photos of Tierra Ruffin-Pratt  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
I will miss taking photos of Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo At this point the only thing that could possibly beat Duke is lots of threes, and Carolina is taking them  - Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
At this point the only thing that could possibly beat Duke is lots of threes, and Carolina is taking them
 
Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
 
UNC Tags: #3 Megan Buckland
Link to this Photo Jones on the line for two after Carolina has closed it to 16. She made both.  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Jones on the line for two after Carolina has closed it to 16. She made both.
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones

Link to this Photo Vernerey and Peters have both fouled out  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters, #43 Allison Vernerey, Al Brown
Vernerey and Peters have both fouled out
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters, #43 Allison Vernerey, Al Brown
Link to this Photo Jones scored several more times on runouts  - Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones
Jones scored several more times on runouts
 
Duke Tags: #2 Alexis Jones

Link to this Photo Dee Kantner
Dee Kantner
Link to this Photo Rolle gets a nifty steal  - Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle gets a nifty steal
 
Duke Tags: #4 Chloe Wells
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Still plenty of school spirit from Carolina despite the score  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
Still plenty of school spirit from Carolina despite the score
 
UNC Tags: UNC Cheerleaders

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Link to this Photo Rejection by Williams  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross
Rejection by Williams
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo Bryant off the UNC bench  - UNC Players: #22 N'Dea Bryant
Bryant off the UNC bench
 
UNC Tags: #22 N'Dea Bryant
Link to this Photo Johnson off the UNC bench  - UNC Players: #31 Erika Johnson
Johnson off the UNC bench
 
UNC Tags: #31 Erika Johnson

Link to this Photo Williams was 8-8 from the stripe  - Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Williams was 8-8 from the stripe
 
Duke Tags: #1 Elizabeth Williams
Link to this Photo Photos of Duke's postgame celebration are available on DWHoops in a separate gallery
Photos of Duke's postgame celebration are available on DWHoops in a separate gallery

Link to this Photo Press Conference  - Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Press Conference
 
Duke Tags: Joanne P. McCallie
Link to this Photo Press Conference  - Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters
Press Conference
 
Duke Tags: #33 Haley Peters

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