Eighth-ranked North Carolina looked as bad as it possibly could last night in a first half that coach Sylvia Hatchell could hardly stand to watch. Making matters worse, it was coming against the Tar Heels' fiercest rival.
"It was like a nightmare," Hatchell said.
Fortunately, Rashanda McCants helped the Tar Heels finally start looking like themselves again.
The senior scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half to help North Carolina (21-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat No. 4 Duke (19-3, 7-2), 75-60, last night, as the Tar Heels won their fourth straight in the series.
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The Mountaineers (16-8, 5-6) lost their sixth in seven games against ranked Big East teams even though Pitt's DeJuan Blair was in foul trouble most of the game.
No. 17 Missouri 62, No. 16 Kansas 60: : Zaire Taylor hit a 10-footer with 1.3 seconds to go, giving the Tigers (21-4, 8-12 Big 12) their 16th straight home victory. Kansas (19-5, 8-1), had won its previous eight games.
COPPIN STATE 73, WINSTON-SALEM STATE 34:: The Lady Eagles (9-12) opened the game on a 6-0 run and cruised from there in their nonconference win over the host Lady Rams (2-19).
Whitney Cunningham led three Coppin State players in double figures with 16 points.
MORGAN STATE 62, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 59:: Corin Adams had a game-high 19 points, including four free throws in the final 28 seconds, to lift the visiting Lady Bears (14-9, 6-4 MEAC) to a win over the Lady Bulldogs (5-16, 2-7).
MOUNT ST. MARY'S 65, LONG ISLAND 63:: Hassanah Oliver scored a career-high 23 points, including a three-pointer with 1:08 left, and the Mount (10-13, 5-8 Northeast Conference) escaped with a win over the host Blackbirds (7-16, 2-10).
HAMPTON 57, UMES 47:: The Lady Hawks (10-11, 6-4 MEAC) took a two-point lead into halftime but couldn't hold on in their loss to the host Lady Pirates (9-12, 6-4).