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.
Tyaunna Marshall scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half and Georgia Tech (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) claimed a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by routing North Carolina State 87-61 on Saturday.
North Carolina was the preseason pick to claim its fifth straight league title, receiving 15 of 42 first-place votes by the ACC's panel of reporters and school representatives in voting results released during the league's media day.