For 1st time, ACC women's semifinals has no NC-based teams

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament won't have any local flavor in its semifinals Saturday.

The ''Big Four'' schools of Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest all lost by the quarterfinals, something that has never happened since the league held its first tournament in 1978, according to STATS.

No. 13 seed UNC lost in overtime to Pittsburgh in Wednesday's tournament opener in Greensboro, then 10th-seeded Wake Forest lost to Georgia Tech in Thursday's second round.

In Friday's quarterfinals, eighth-seeded Duke lost to No. 2-ranked Notre Dame and sixth-seeded N.C. State lost to No. 17 Syracuse to secure that bit of history.

Saturday's semifinals instead feature four ranked teams: the Fighting Irish against No. 21 Miami, and the Orange against No. 7 Louisville.

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