Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt Awarded Honorable Mention On AP All-America Team

NEW YORK – Without Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, the UNC women’s basketball team likely wouldn’t have made it to the ACC championship game and the NCAA Round of the 32, and the Associated Press recognized that. The senior guard was received an honorable mention on the AP All-America team. Ruffin-Pratt led the team with 15.5 points per game, more than 4.5 assists per game, and nearly three steals per game. Despite being knocked out of the NCAA tournament early as a No. 3 seed by No. 6 Delaware on its home court, Carolina saw a big turnaround from last season. The Tar Heels missed the Big Dance last year and Coach Sylvia Hatchell said she would not accept a bid to the WNIT if the team didn’t make it to the NCAAs. This year, with the help of Ruffin-Pratt, UNC finished second in the ACC, took down a highly-ranked Maryland team two out of three times, and won the WNIT Preseason tournament, among other accolades. Ruffin-Pratt was also named to the first team All-ACC roster this year for her efforts. Waltiea Rolle and Krista Gross are also graduating from UNC, but the Tar Heels return ten...

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No. 3 Heels WBB To Face No. 6 Delaware in NCAA 2nd Round

CHAPEL HILL – UNC takes on Delaware at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Newark, a home game for the Fightin’ Blue Hens who are riding high on a 26-game winning streak. And it’ll be a hostile environment in the Bob Carpenter Center. Delaware’s first round match up against West Virginia was a sell out. Delaware (31-3) has only dropped three games this season, were perfect in conference play, and claimed the Colonial Athletic Association title. UNC (29-6) barely escaped No. 14 seed Albany on Sunday. Carolina gave the Great Danes 18 points off turnovers, shot 34.5 percent from the field, and struggled from three-point range, making 4-17. Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt carried the Heels to a 59-54 victory over Delaware, scoring more than half of UNC’s points. She posted a career-high 30 points, made two crucial free throws in the last 10 seconds of play, and scored 17 of the Tar Heels’ final 21 points. Ruffin-Pratt is just the third player in UNC history to score 30 points in an NCAA tournament game. The star watch is also on Delaware’s leading scorer, Elena Delle Donne, who put up 33 points in the victory against WVU. The 6 foot 5 senior center is going into the game knowing it will be her last appearance in her home gym. By the numbers, it should be a fairly even-matched game.  Carolina averages 69.1 points per...

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Tar Heel WBB Back In NCAA Action Sunday After Off-Year

NEWARK, DEL-After a disappointing run in the 2011-2012 postseason, the UNC women’s basketball team is ready to reclaim its position as a dominant force in the NCAA tournament. Last year’s season ended early for UNC, after they fell to Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal and failed to earn an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 2001. But this year, the Heels not only made the cut—they took a respectable No. 3 seed. UNC is set to open its tournament action against No. 14 seeded Albany, but the Great Danes could prove a tough match—they’re at 27-3 overall, compared to 28-6 for the Heels, and they’re coming off 19 straight wins. Albany also goes into the tournament with an America East Conference championship title, along with a perfect conference record at 16-0. Senior guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is leading the Heels, with team high averages for both points and assists, at 15.4 and 4.5, respectively. Meanwhile, senior Krista Gross is dominating on the boards, at 8.5 rebounds per game. For the Great Danes, senior guard Lindsey Lowrie is averaging a team-high 11.6 points, and she scored 12 in Albany’s America East championship game against Hartford; sophomore center Megan Craig managed seven rebounds during that outing. If the Heels win, they’ll play on Tuesday in the round of 32, taking on the winner of Sunday afternoon’s game between...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Advances To ACC Final

GREENSBORO- The No. 15 North Carolina women’s basketball team upset No. 10 and ACC defending tournament championsMaryland in the conference tournament semifinal Saturday, 72-65 to advance to the championship against No. 6 rival Duke. Redshirt sophomore guard Latifah Coleman scored a career high of 17 points, 15 of which she collected with just over six minutes remaining in the game. The Tar Heels made a comeback after a 14-point halftime deficit. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt led the Tar Heels with 20 points. Senior forward Waltiea Rolle also reached double digits adding 19 points. ACC rookie of the year forward Xylina McDaniel had 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels. Carolina outrebounded the Terps by six. With the win the Tar Heels improved to 28-5 overall and 14-4 in the conference. The Terps fell to 24-7, 14-4. The Tar Heels have nine total conference titles. The Terps have ten. Earlier this season, North Carolina beat Maryland by three points at home. During their second meeting the Terps crushed the Tar Heels by 26. North Carolina will battle for the conference crown Sunday in Greensboro against one-seed Duke at 2:00 p.m. Duke defeated Florida State Saturday 72-66 to advance to the final. The Blue Devils have just one conference loss to Miami and are 29-2 overall with a second loss...

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North Carolina Women Advance With 62-57 Win Over Boston College

CHAPEL HILL – The three-seed UNC women’s basketball team held on for a 62-57 win in the second round of the ACC tournament over 11-seed Boston College Friday night. BC took its hot shooting from the first round of the championship into the game against North Carolina. The Eagles shot 36 percent from behind the arc in the first half and were within two at halftime, 25-23. Boston College capped an 11-0 run with 8:42 on the first half clock and took the game over at 17-14. However, UNC quickly took back control and took the two-point lead into the locker room. The Eagles’ deep-range shooting only got better in the second half and kept them in the contest. They shot 40.5 percent (10-25) from behind the arc in the game. With 3:39 left in the contest, BC’s Tessa Holt put in a layup to bring the game to within one at 54-53. UNC slowly pulled away from that point, mostly with free throws as Boston College tried to foul late to stay in the game. Thanks in part to Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s night shooting 11-12 from the charity stripe, Carolina extended its lead to five and took the win. Ruffin-Pratt led all players with 19 points; Waltiea Rolle was one rebound shy of a double-double as she scored ten points. With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 27-5;...

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UNC Women Rolle Over Boston College On Senior Night, 85-57

CHAPEL HILL – Waltiea Rolle scored 21 points and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 20 as No. 15 North Carolina routed Boston College 85-57 Thursday night. Rolle and Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 21 and 24 points, respectively, in the Tar Heels’ previous outing, combined to shoot 54 percent (13 of 24) and make 14 free throws. The game was close early, with Boston College (10-18, 4-13 Atlantic Coast Conference) taking a 13-11 lead on a Kerri Shields’ 3-pointer. But UNC held the Eagles to just four points over the next 10 minutes and pulled ahead 28-15 behind Ruffin-Pratt’s jumper. The Tar Heels (26-4, 13-3), who won the previous meeting 80-52, took a 40-21 advantage into the break and stretched that lead to 31 following a 12-0 half-opening run. UNC, which entered ranked second in the nation in steals (13.6), collected 18 in the win and controlled the glass 46-29. Katie Zenevitch scored 13 for Boston...

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