No. 11 Duke 93, No. 7 N.C. 71
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Michele VanGorp scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 11 Duke to its 11th straight win, 93-71 over No. 7 North Carolina on Friday night.
Duke (15-4, 8-0) took a two-game lead in the Atlantic Coast Conference and ended North Carolina’s home winning streak at 19 games.
Georgia Schweitzer had 12 points and 15 rebounds for Duke, which dominated the boards 57-38. Peppi Browne added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
A school-record 10,000 watched in Carmichael Auditorium as North Carolina (19-3, 6-2) suffered its first home loss since a 105-100 triple overtime defeat by Virginia on Jan. 15, 1998.
VanGorp made 12 of 14 shots from the field and all four free throws.
Nikki Teasley had 18 points and LaQuanda Barksdale 17 for North Carolina.
The 6-foot-6 VanGorp worked inside almost at will, going 7-for-9 from the field in the first half and scoring 16 points as Duke took a 47-30 halftime lead.
The Blue Devils made seven of their first nine shots, while North Carolina went 3-for-12 in the opening five minutes. Duke led 27-11 by the 12:17 mark as its fast break began to click.
North Carolina opened the second half as cold as the first, missing 10 of its first 13 shots.
VanGorp went 3-for-3 to start the second half and helped Duke increase its lead to 60-35 with 14:26 left. North Carolina never got closer than 71-52 in the final 15 minutes.