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.
Leonor Rodriguez scored 23 points while Natasha Howard and Morgan Toles recorded double-doubles to lead No. 19 Florida State over Georgia Tech 85-78 Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Jacinta Monroe had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and a school record nine blocks to help Florida State extend its winning streak to seven games with a 59-49 victory over Georgia Tech (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) on Sunday.