NCAA Women's Basketball ACCtion: Sunday, March 24

March 24, 2013

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Seniors Lead UNC Past Albany, 59-54

NEWARK, Del. (AP) --- North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell walked into the interview room, took a seat and summed up her team's feelings in two words: ''We survived.''

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and the third-seeded Tar Heels squeezed past Albany 59-54 Sunday.

North Carolina trailed 28-23 at halftime and 48-44 with just under 10 minutes left before rallying behind Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 17 of the Tar Heels' final 21 points - including two clinching free throws with 10.8 seconds left.

"I just didn't want to go home tonight,'' the 5-foot-10 senior said.

Waltiea Rolle had 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots for North Carolina (29-6), which moves on to a matchup with sixth-seeded Delaware (31-3). Delaware advanced with a 66-53 win over West Virginia.

Seminoles Take Down Princeton In First Round

WACO, Texas -- And the streak -- now officially in its 10th game -- continues.

The No. 8-seed Florida State women's basketball team opened the 2013 NCAA Championships Sunday night with a 60-44 victory over No. 9-seed Princeton, to extend the program's first-round winning streak to double digits in "The Big Dance."

The 10-game streak dates all the way back to the 1990 season when the 'Noles (23-9) lost to Penn State in Tallahassee. For some perspective on the 23-years-and-counting that separates that last setback, Alexa Deluzio and Chasity Clayton are the only current members of the team that were alive then.

"It helps us to have extra prep time between the ACC and NCAA Tournament to get ready for these opening games," Deluzio said afterwards. "More than anything, though, having a few extra days to rest our bodies after a long regular season really helps us."

Liston, Williams Lead No. 5 Duke Past Hampton, 67-51

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie didn't want her Blue Devils expecting an easy afternoon against a 15th-seeded team.

No matter what the final margin seemed to indicate, they certainly didn't have one.

Second-seeded Duke needed a late rally to pull away and beat Hampton 67-51 on Sunday in the first round of the Norfolk Regional.

Tricia Liston scored 20 points and Elizabeth Williams had 18 for the Blue Devils, who won their 17th straight tournament game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Freshman Alexis Jones added 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in her NCAA tournament debut.

Miami Falls To Iowa In NCAA Opener

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and host Iowa beat eighth-seeded Miami 69-53 on Sunday night.

Melissa Dixon added 13 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (21-12), which will face top-seeded Notre Dame Tuesday night in Iowa City.

The Fighting Irish throttled Tennessee-Martin 97-64 earlier Sunday.

Iowa broke open a stalemate with an 18-3 run to jump ahead 58-44 with 7:07 left. Miami (21-11), which was up by seven early in the second half, shot just 3 of 19 from 3-point range and 30 percent overall.

Morgan Stroman had 15 points and Shawnice Wilson had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Hurricanes. It was the fifth double-double in the last seven games for Wilson and her ninth of the season.