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.
Tianna Hawkins had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Alyssa Thomas contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 9 Maryland opened defense of its Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 79-55 victory over Virginia on Thursday night.
Laurin Mincy scored 20, and Maryland (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) bounced back from its first loss of the season by defeating Virginia 68-61 Monday night in a rugged Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
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.