With the semester exam period behind them, Triangle area teams will celebrate with a trio of games involving ACC squads Sunday.
N.C. State (6-3) will try to bounce back from Thursday night’s loss to visiting Richmond at 2 p.m., when the Wolfpack hosts No. 20 Vanderbilt (10-0), the first nationally-ranked non-ACC team to visit Reynolds Coliseum since No. 22 Brigham Young defeated the Wolfpack 69-57 on Dec. 14, 2002.
At the same time, N.C. Central (2-8) will travel to Clemson (3-5) for the Eagles’ second visit to an ACC foe in eight days. NCCU lost 70-52 at Virginia Tech on Dec. 11.
Then at 3 p.m., No. 18 UNC (7-1) will be at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to take on South Carolina (8-2).
State has hosted two SEC opponents on consecutive Sundays, nipping South Carolina 55-53 on Dec. 4 and then crushing Alabama 79-57 on Dec. 11. The series with Vanderbilt is tied 2-2.
Bonae Holston (14.0, 9.1) leads the Wolfpack scoring, followed by Marissa Kastanek (12.4, 3.4).
Christina Foggie (17.2, 3.4), a 5-9 sophomore guard, leads four players in double figures followed by 5-4 sophomore guard Jasmine Lister (14.3, 5.8 assts.), 6-4 sophomore center Stephanie Holzer (11.7, 7.0) and 6-foot junior forward Tiffany Clarke (11.5, 7.4).
Chasidy Williams (17.0, 8.1) leads the Eagles, who will be playing their second of three road games against ACC teams this season. NCCU visits UNC on Dec. 30.
Nikki Dixon (13.9, 4.4), a 5-10 freshman wing, and 6-3 senior center Shaniqua Pauldo (11.4, 5.5) lead the Tigers, who will try to snap a three-game losing streak. Clemson also has two freshmen from the Triangle in Chelsea Lindsay (5.2, 4.0), a 5-6 guard from Durham Hillside, and Natiece Ford (4.1, 4.1), a 6-2 wing out of Holly Springs.
UNC, which is on its annual trip to the Grand Strand, will face East Carolina in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels, who have not lost in Myrtle Beach in 10 years, lead the series with the Gamecocks 9-6.
Chay Shegog (17.2, 9.2) leads five Tar Heels in double figures followed by Laura Broomfield (14.0, 12.8), freshman Brittany Rountree (11.6, 3.8 assts.), She’la White (10.9, 3.6 assts.) and Krista Gross (10.9, 8.2).
USC has no one averaging in double figures. Markeshia Grant (9.9, 2.5), a 5-6 senior guard, and 6-foot junior forward Ashley Bruner (9.0, 7.2) are the leaders.
Duke’s next game is on Tuesday night at home against UNC Wilmington.