Duke was picked to win the ACC preseason women's basketball poll by both media and coaches. The Blue Devils, who return all five starters, were 33-3 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight the last four years.
Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and nine rebounds, Kim Rodgers scored 16 points and Maryland (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) made up for a rough shooting game with strong defense to beat Boston College 78-69 on Sunday.
Kristi Toliver scored 19 points with seven assists, picking up a loose ball and hitting a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the final minute to lead No. 11 Maryland to an 85-81 victory over Boston College on Monday night.
On paper, No. 4 Maryland's 88-61 win over Boston College was a blowout. But Eagles freshman Carolyn Swords held her own inside for one of the best individual performances against the Terps this season.
Crystal Langhorne scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Maryland (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 AP) rebounded from a loss to top-ranked Duke to clinch third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference by beating Boston College 76-60 on Sunday.