Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Women's Tournament

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Women's Tournament

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at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, today through Monday

1. Duke (25-3, 13-3 ACC)

No. 4 AP; No. 4 USA Today/ESPN

-- Tourney outlook: The defending tournament champion Blue Devils have been the league's top team all season, blessed with a blend of senior leadership from PG Georgia Schweitzer and SF Rochelle Parent, and a dynamic freshman duo in SG Alana Beard and F Iciss Tillis. Duke should handle No. 9 seed Wake Forest in tonight's opener, which puts them in tomorrow's semifinal.

2. Clemson (19-8, 10-6)

No. 25 AP; No. 19 USA Today/ESPN

-- Tourney outlook: Responding to a four-game losing streak in early February to close with a four-game winning streak, the Tigers appear poised for a serious push for their second ACC title in three years. Clemson is playing its best defense of the season, highlighted by its season-ending win at FSU, but needs steady offensive contributions from SG Chrissy Floyd and C Erin Batth to withstand a competitive field.

3. North Carolina State (18-9, 9-7)

No. 21 AP; No. 20 USA Today/ESPN

-- Tourney outlook: Kay Yow's squad features two of the league's most dynamic players in senior G Tynesha Lewis and sophomore F Carisse Moody, but it's anyone's guess how the Wolfpack will perform. State lost 7 of 10 at one point, then rattled off seven consecutive wins before getting walloped by 21 at Maryland in the season finale.

4. Florida State (17-10, 9-7)

Not ranked

-- Tourney outlook: Sue Semrau's Seminoles, the ACC's surprise team, are in the midst of their best season in more than a decade. FSU split or swept with every league opponent this season, except Clemson, and came within one victory of finishing second. With an inside (F Brooke Wyckoff and C Levy Torres) and outside (SG April Traylor) combination, the 'Noles are capable of getting to Monday's final. First they must get past a Virginia team that beat them 77-65 in Sunday's finale.

5. Virginia (18-12, 8-8)

Not ranked

-- Tourney outlook: Despite the presence of sophomore C Schuye LaRue, the league's top post player, the Cavaliers have not been able to maintain any consistency this season. …

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