CHAPEL HILL – Strong shooting early and a career night by UNC women’s basketball’s Xylina McDaniel helped the No. 18 Tar Heels past the No. 15 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night, 75-62.
The Cornhuskers came out hot from behind the arc shooting 4-5 in the first four and a half minutes. The Tar Heels were forced to take a timeout down 16-7.
However, Carolina came out of the break with a 4-0 run to keep the deficit manageable. Then the Heels came out of the under-12-minute timeout with another 4-0 run to bring the game within one at 21-20.
UNC held the first lead of the game at 2-0, but took it over again at 24-23 in the middle of a 14-2 run and extended the lead to 12 before taking the lead into the half, 40-30.
McDaniel shot 7-7 from the field in the first half for 17 points. As a team, the Tar Heels shot 53 percent from the field in the first half; the Huskers also turned the ball over 13 times in the first compared to just six by the Heels.
Carolina held its double-digit lead for most of the second half. The Tar Heels’ shooting fell off a little in the second, but the team still finished at 48 percent.
McDaniel tied her career total with 25 points shooting 11-15; she also tallied eight rebounds. Allisha Gray also scored in double digits with 14.
With the win, Carolina improved to 7-2; Nebraska fell to 6-2.
UNC has ten days off to prepare for Charleston Southern, which comes to Chapel Hill December 14.
CHAPEL HILL– The No. 18 Tar Heel women’s basketball team will play host to an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game Wednesday night at 6 p.m. when freshman sensation Diamond DeShields and company take on No. 15 Nebraska.
Carolina is 6-2 on the young season and is coming off an 87-51 romp over Illinois Saturday in the Cancun Challenge. Nebraska sports a 6-1 record and fell 76-72 versus Washington State last time out.
The last three ACC Rookie of the Weeks have been Tar Heels with Allisha Gray, Stephanie Mavunga, and DeShields picking up the honors.
The Tar Heels will need to continue to see good production out of their young players in order to take down a tough Cornhuskers squad.
Concessions will be sold at half price in Carmichael Arena Wednesday as a part of Wayback Wednesday.
The game will be broadcast on 97.9 FM, WCHL and can also be viewed online via ESPN3.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/accbig-ten-challenge-18-lady-tar-heels-face-15-nebraska/
GREENSBORO– Leading UNC women’s basketball scorer Diamond DeShields was selected ACC Rookie of the Week Monday on the heels of her superb play in the Cancun Challenge.
Carolina has now won the honor three consecutive weeks. Allisha Gray snagged the award on Nov. 18 and Stephanie Mavunga took the honor on Nov. 25.
DeShields averaged 23.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals during her three games at the early season tournament. The Tar Heels posted a 2-1 record at the event.
The freshman shot 49.1 percent from the floor and served as a catalyst for the Carolina offense that put up big points.
No. 18 UNC hosts No. 15 Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 97.9 FM, WCHL.
CANCUN, MEXICO – A last-second layup sent UNC Women’s Basketball’s second game in the Cancun Challenge to overtime, and the Tar Heels couldn’t get anything going in the extra frame dropping their second game of the season, 94-81, to the Arizona State Sun Devils.
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Walter Storholt with the call on the Tar Heel Sports Network.
Carolina led by six with 27 seconds left in regulation, but couldn’t hold on.
After UNC opened overtime with the first two, ArizonaState scored nine unanswered points halfway through OT capped off by this three from Deja Mann.
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The Sun Devils then extended the lead to 12 on another 7-0 run outscoring the Tar Heels 16-4 in overtime.
Carolina’s Diamond DeShields led all players with a career-high 28 points and eight rebounds. Stephanie Mavunga tallied a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
ArizonaState had five players score in double figures. The Sun Devils also out rebounded the Tar Heels 49-43.
With the loss, Carolina fell to 5-2; ArizonaState improved to 5-1.
The Tar Heels face the Fighting Illini in the final game of the Cancun Challenge Saturday at 3:30 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/womens-basketball-goes-cold-falls-ot/
CANCUN – The No. 11 Carolina women’s basketball team rolled over Arkansas State in the first game of the three-day Cancun Challenge, 93-60.
Freshman sensation Diamond DeShields led the way for the Tar Heels with 24 points off the bench. Sophomore forward Xylina McDaniel added 16 points, making both of her three-point attempts and six of seven shots from the floor.
The outcome was never really in doubt: UNC jumped out to a big lead early and cruised from there, taking a 50-21 lead into halftime and dominating through the second half. Arkansas State did outrebound the Heels 43-38 (including a 22-5 edge on the offensive glass), but the Red Wolves only shot 26 percent from the floor, compared to more than 60 percent for Carolina.
Head coach Sylvia Hatchell did not make the trip–she’s still taking time off from her head coaching duties as she continues her battle with leukemia–but she was able to speak to the players before the game on Thursday.
With the win–the team’s fourth in a row–Carolina moves to 5-1 on the season. The Heels have a quick turnaround in a busy weekend: they’ll be back on the court on Friday at 1:00 p.m. to face Arizona State. The Sun Devils are 4-1 after dispatching Illinois 84-60 in Cancun, also on Thanksgiving Day.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-women-roll-cancun-93-60/
CHAPEL HILL – The No. 11 UNC women’s basketball team is south of the border with three games in the Cancun Challenge on tap.
The action begins Thursday for the 4-1 Tar Heels against the Arkansas State Wildcats. UNC is riding a three-game winning streak in which it’s outscored its opponents by 40 or more in the last two games.
The Sun Belt’s Red Wolves hold the same record with both teams losing to Tennessee teams: Carolina dropped its lone loss to No. 4 Tennessee while ArkansasState fell to Tennessee-Martin.
Tipoff between the Tar Heels and the Red Wolves is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern. You can hear all the action on WCHL immediately following a shortened edition of the Afternoon News with Aaron Keck.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/womens-basketball-heads-south-border/
CHAPEL HILL–The No. 12 Tar Heel women are back on the home hardwood Thursday night as they welcome Coastal Carolina into the cozy confines of Carmichael Arena for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
The two teams will be facing off for the ninth time in the last decade. The Tar Heels sport a perfect 10-0 head-to-record against the Chanticleers at Carmichael.
UNC will be looking to improve on its 2-1 record and build off the momentum gained in the road win at UCLA Sunday.
Freshman guard Allisha Gray was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday after putting up back-to-back double-doubles against quality competition. She posted 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Tennessee game and followed that up with 30 points and 10 boards against UCLA.
As a team, Carolina leads the ACC in turnover margin, a good sign for the future. The Tar Heels are forcing an average of 22.7 turnovers per game.
Thursday night, fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to Carmichael Arena. It will go to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.
Carolina’s game against Coastal Carolina will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on 97.9 FM, WCHL and streamed right here online at Chapelboro.comhttp://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/no-12-carolina-womens-basketball-faces-coastal-carolina-in-carmichael/
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Allisha Gray scored a game-high 30 points to lead No. 12/14 North Carolina to a 78-68 victory at UCLA Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.
Gray becomes the first Carolina freshman to score 30 points in a game since Ivory Latta in 2003-04. She also hauled in 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double after a 15-point, 10-rebound performance Monday against Tennessee.
Classmate Jessica Washington played the best game of her young career by offering up 16 points and five assists. Gray and Washington combined for 46 of the Tar Heels’ 49 bench points.
“I thought the players off the bench did a very good job for us tonight,” said Associate Head CoachAndrew Calder. “Very proud of how they performed with the foul trouble are starters had tonight. Proud of how our team battled tonight.
“I thought we did a much better job today of communicating than we had during the exhibition games and also the Air Force and Tennessee games.”
But that didn’t bother Washington as she scored five quick points to stake Carolina to a 17-8 lead early in the first half.
UCLA rallied to tie the game at 19-all after a free throw from Lauren Holiday at the 5:49 mark
Despite the mounting foul count, a 13-2 run after the free throw from Holiday gave UNC a 32-21 advantage. Gray scored seven points to fuel the run.
Carolina led 34-30 at intermission, but UCLA wasted little time in knotting the game at 36-all early in the second half.
Tonight, however, belonged to Gray. She put Carolina back in front, 39-36, with a three-pointer that ignited a 26-7 run that saw the lead grow to 19, 62-43, with 7:45 to go.
“My main focus is to do whatever I can to help this team,” said Gray. “If coming off the bench is going to help my team than I’m fine with that.”
Carolina had a brief hiccup late in the game by going scoreless for over three minutes, allowing UCLA back in the game briefly with a 12-0 run.
UCLA got to within 66-59, but right on cue, Gray delivered her sixth triple of the night to send momentum back in favor of the Tar Heels.
The Bruins never got closer than seven points as Carolina was 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 27 seconds.
Thea Lemberger led UCLA with 19 points, while Atonye Nyingifa had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
North Carolina hosts Coastal Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m., on GoHeelsTV.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/gray-scores-30-in-womens-basketball-road-win-at-ucla/
CHAPEL HILL — Carmichael Arena was the scene for the primetime national showdown that saw No. 12 North Carolina lose to No. 4 Tennessee 81-65.
The game was pretty sloppy from the outset with both squads clearly fired up. Turnovers were aplenty for both sides, but it was Carolina who claimed the early 6-4 lead with help from Brittany Rountree and Xylina McDaniel.
The Lady Volunteers then went on a run highlighted by a three-pointer to surge ahead 9-6 with 12:34 left in the opening half.
Stephanie Mavunga added a nice score to end a long scoring drought for the Tar Heels, but Tennessee was starting to really click on offense and held a 17-8 lead.
The threes kept flowing in for the Lady Vols as the visiting team built a 23-9 lead with 8:10 on the clock. This one was getting away from the Tar Heels in a hurry if something didn’t change on the court.
Allisha Gray knocked down both of her foul shots for the Tar Heels to try to spur her team on. There was no doubt Carolina was hustling hard and fighting for loose balls on this night.
Diamond DeShields hit a wide open jumper to ignite the Carmichael crowd and close the gap to seven points with 4:30 remaining in half.
And DeShields did it again! She popped a three to rally the Tar Heels within 25-21.
Tennessee’s Andraya Carter countered with a three of her own, but Carolina responded right back with a three from McDaniel. Both teams were shooting lights out late in the first half of play.
At halftime, Carolina was trailing 40-28. The stats sheet told the tale. Carolina was shooting a woeful 24 percent from the field while Tennessee was shooting at a solid 44 percent. Massengale for Tennessee had totaled a team-leading 12 points and McDaniel led Carolina with seven points of her own.
The second half opened up with an easy score inside for Tennessee and McDaniel missed an easy lay-up on the other end for the Tar Heels.
A three point snipe by the Lady Vols extended the lead out to 45-28. Associate Head Coach Andrew Calder called a time out to regroup his club.
The game was getting out of hand with 17:12 left in the second half. Tennessee had amassed a gigantic 47-28 cushion. Their offensive firepower was proving too much for the young Tar Heels.
Jessica Washington made a nice three-pointer for the Tar Heels, but Tennessee continued to push the ball down the court, beating Carolina to the punch. With 13: 18 left in the game, Carolina trailed 53-35.
A nice run by Allisha Gray earned her a trip to the charity stripe, but she only converted on one of the attempts.
Brittany Rountree nailed a three to close the gap to 14 points with 9:05 left in the contest. The score was at 58-44.
But it really was a case of too little too late as Carolina admirably kept fighting, but never truly threatened the Lady Vols again to fall to 1-1 on the young season.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-lady-tar-heels/
CHAPEL HILL– No. 12 Tar Heel women’s basketball faces the No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vols in a primetime showdown Monday at 9 p.m. that could very well end up being a preview of an Elite Eight or Final Four match-up later in the season.
The last time UNC hosted Tennessee in the 2006-07 season, the Tar Heels emerged victorious. Carolina opened their 2013 campaign with a comprehensive demolition of Air Force 87-26.
Freshman sensation Diamond DeShields scored 16 points in her first outing. First-year player Stephanie Mavunga put in an impressive performance with 16 points of her own to go along with 13 rebounds.
The freshman class for the Tar Heels is ranked best in the nation and Carolina will be hoping they grow up quickly as they face perennial powerhouse Tennessee in Carmichael Arena.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, all active and retired military members will receive free admission and can purchase half-price tickets for their guests.
The 9 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and you can listen to all the action live on WCHL (97.9 FM).http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heels-host-lady-vols-in-primetime-national-showdown/