Abby Waner scored 16 points to help Duke (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) beat Virginia (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) 76-53 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Friday 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.
Lindsey Harding scored 21 points and No. 1 Duke kept rolling toward a showdown with No. 2 North Carolina next week by withstanding a challenge from Virginia in the second half of a 76-61 victory Friday night.