Heels advance to ACC semifinals

North Carolina's Candace Sutton (15) reacts after a basket as she runs past Maryland's Deedee Warley (34)
It was no shocker when Nikki Teasley tossed in 27 points - after all she's been putting up big numbers all season. And Coretta Brown scoring 23 wasn't unexpected either - she and Teasley team up as the 3rd highest scoring backcourt in the country. The story line surprise of the game was the dominant performance of Candace Sutton.

The 6-6 Carolina center scored 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to help lead the Heels to a 78-53 win over Maryland.

Behind Sutton's strong game, the Heels controlled the boards with a whopping 45-23 advantage. Carolina also shot the ball well, going 49.2% from the field.

The Terps were lead by Marche Strickland and Jamecca Harrell with 10 points apiece.

North Carolina's Nikki Teasley (42) drives past Maryland's Vicki Brick

UNC will take on the winner of the 7 p.m. N.C. State/Clemson game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Net.

UNC swept Clemson, winning as recently as Valentines Day, 86-76. The Heels split with N.C. State, losing at home in early January by three but winning in Raleigh three weeks ago, 80-71.

Leah Metcalf left the game late in the half with a sore shoulder. She returned to the bench with an icepack on her shoulder and her status unknown for tomorrow. Nikki Teasley suffered a nagging toe/foot problem but obviously, with 27 points it didn't seem to affect her game.

In the opening game, No. 4 seed Virginia got a layup as time expired to defeat No. 5 seed Georgia Tech, 60-58.

Game No. 1 - Seed No. 8 Maryland 72, Seed No. 7 Wake Forest 66
Game No. 2 - Seed No. 1 Duke 82, Seed No. 9 Florida State 66

Game No. 3 - Seed No. 4 Virginia 60, Seed No. 5 Georgia Tech 58
Game No. 4 - Seed No. 2 North Carolina 78, 8 Maryland 53

Game No. 5 - Seed No. 3 Clemson vs. Seed No. 6 NC State, 7:00 p.m.

Game No. 6 - Seed No. 1 Duke vs. Winner of Game No. 3, 1:00 p.m. (FSN)
Game No. 7 - Winner of Game No. 4 vs. Winner of Game No. 5, 3:30 p.m. (FSN)

Game No. 8 - Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)

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