CHAPEL HILL– The No. 9 UNC women’s basketball team, 14-3 overall and 2-1 in ACC play, will take to the hardwood at Carmichael Arena to face Clemson, 9-8 overall and 1-2 in conference action, in another edition of Throwback Thursday at 6 p.m.
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Carolina has been on a roll of late, beating back-to-back ranked teams in N.C. State and Florida State to achieve its highest national ranking in three years.
Associate Head Coach Andrew Calder says he needs to make a couple adjustments moving forward and points out that the Tar Heels are getting back to their form displayed before Christmas break.
“We’re starting to get back to where we were when we went home for break. We’re still not there yet. We saw some mistakes that we got to do better with. I’ve got to be able to get the ball to Mavunga, Xylina, a few more touches down inside and be able to post up some of our bigger perimeter players down inside,” Coach Calder says.
Freshman guard Diamond DeShields, averaging a team-high 15.9 points per game, was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season Monday. Coach Calder says she has all the tools necessary to be an outstanding player.
“She’s a very, very difficult match-up. First, basketball intelligence. And then obviously she’s very blessed with basketball skills, and she has worked hard on those skills,” Coach Calder says.
Sophomore forward Xylina McDaniel, putting up 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest, says she has seen a marked improvement in her game from last season to this one.
“I am more patient for sure. My shot has got a lot better and my ball handling as well. Now it’s easier for me because people have to respect my shot. So now, I can just drive to the basket. And I’m trying to work on my turnovers, but I get a little excited sometimes,” McDaniel says.
UNC is 24-9 all-time against Clemson in Chapel Hill; however, the Tigers snapped a 17-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in the last meeting between the two programs at Carmichael in the 2011-12 season.
Thursday’s game can be listened to live right here on WCHL at 6 p.m. You can also watch it online on ESPN3.