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.
Freshman Marissa Kastanek scored 15 points to help North Carolina State hold off Monica Wright and Virginia (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) 66-59 in Friday's quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Monica Wright scored 26 points and Whitny Edwards hit two big 3-pointers to give Virginia (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) some breathing room late in the second half in a 73-60 victory over North Carolina State on Wednesday night.
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.