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Posted on: Saturday, February 27, 2010

No. 6 Duke women win ACC regular-season title


Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. Jasmine Thomas scored 21 points and No. 6 Duke clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title by routing No. 21 Virginia, 83-65, last night.

Allison Vernerey added 17 points and Joy Cheek scored 13 for the Blue Devils (24-4, 12-1), winners of six straight since their only ACC loss.

After beating Virginia for the 17th straight time and winning its 16th consecutive league game at home, Duke enters the regular-season finale at rival North Carolina tomorrow having already sewn up the top seed for next week's ACC tournament.

Monica Wright, who entered averaging an ACC-best 22.7 points, scored 15 of her 27 points in the first half for Virginia (20-8, 8-5).

NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 64, NORTH CAROLINA 57

Alex Montgomery had 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Brigitte Ardossi added 18 points to lead the host Yellow Jackets (22-7, 8-5 ACC) past the Tar Heels (17-10, 5-8).

Georgia Tech improved to 12-2 at home. Ceter DeGraffenreid led North Carolina with 25 points.

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NO. 15 BUTLER 74, VALPARAISO 69

Willie Veasley scored 20 points and Matt Howard had 17 to lead the visiting Bulldogs (26-4, 18-0 Horizon League) past the Crusaders (15-16, 10-8) to stretch their nation-leading winning streak to 18 games.

The Bulldogs won without top scorer Gordon Hayward, who was out with a back injury. Howard played with a stomach ailment and Veasley missed the last game with a sprained right knee.