Kea scores 36, Tar Heel women upset No. 15 Duke 92-86 in OT
Paris Kea scored a career-high 36 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left that sent the game into overtime, and North Carolina ended a seven-game losing streak against bitter rival Duke, defeating the 15th-ranked Blue Devils 92-86 on Sunday.
North Carolina closed the fourth quarter making 5 of 6 shots and went 5 of 6 in OT. Kea and Church each had five 3s and UNC had 13 triples.
Duke went 5 of 11 in OT, but finished 1 of 6. The Blue Devils were also 2 of 6 from the line in the last 65 seconds of regulation.
Haley Gorecki scored a career-high 29 points for Duke (15-5, 4-3) and Lexie Brown had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Yori, who played at Creighton and was the Bluejays’ head coach from 1992 to 2002, saw her successful 14-year run at Nebraska end two years ago amid accusations of player mistreatment. She denied any wrongdoing and resigned.
She’ll be a program adviser at Creighton, helping develop game strategy, scout opponents and participate in on-campus recruiting.
Creighton is my roots, Yori said. I spent 17 years here, and I’m so proud to be a Creighton alum and always have been. It was hard to leave here, and I am happy to be back helping my alma mater. This is a minor role in a really good program, and it’ll be fun to rejoin the Creighton family.
Yori was the consensus national coach of the year in 2010 after Nebraska went 32-2 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. She had a 280-166 record with nine trips to the NCAA tournament with the Cornhuskers.