Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
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No. 16 Tar Heels Back In Action Friday
Release: 12/27/2012
CHAPEL HILL ---North Carolina will play its final non-conference game of the regular season Friday when the Tar Heels host East Tennessee State at 2 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. Carolina is 11-1 on the year following a pair of wins over Coastal Carolina and East Carolina last week in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area. East Tennessee State is 2-4 on the season after an 85-57 loss at Appalachian State on Dec. 18. UNC is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. East Tennessee State is unranked.

Records: North Carolina 11-1, East Tennessee State 2-4
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll. East Tennessee State is unranked.
TV: GoHeels TV. Today's game can be streamed live via GoHeels TV on GoHeels.com.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt (play-by-play) has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

• North Carolina is 13-0 all-time against East Tennessee State.
• The Lady Bucs and Tar Heels have been familiar foes in recent seasons, meeting eight times over the last 17 years with each meeting coming in Chapel Hill. Friday will mark the fourth consecutive season the teams have faced off, with Carolina scoring a 104-65 win in 2009, an 87-47 victory in 2010 and a 93-77 win last season.
• Only Coastal Carolina (0-15) has played Carolina more times without a win than ETSU (0-13).

• Carolina is 416-93 all-time in Carmichael, including a 43-10 record since the building re-opened after being closed for renovations from March 2008 to December 2009.
• The Tar Heels have won at least 13 home games in each of the last 11 seasons, including a school-record 18 during an undefeated 2007-08 home campaign.
• UNC has lost just 19 home games since the start of the 2001-02 season. The Tar Heels have been even more stingy against non-conference opponents, losing at home just twice outside of league play in the last decade.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 17 UNC 76, East Carolina 67
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 17 of her game-high 24 points after halftime and No. 17 North Carolina pulled away from East Carolina late, winning 76-67 Wednesday night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Ruffin-Pratt beat the shot clock with a 3 inside the final minute to put away the Pirates, who led by a point at halftime. Krista Gross had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Erika Johnson and Megan Buckland each had eight for the Tar Heels, who enter the Christmas break 11-1.

Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 55.2 points per game and 31.7 percent shooting from the field. The win over Ohio State on Nov. 28 was a showcase for how defense is driving this year's Tar Heels. The 57-54 victory marked just the second time since 2005 that UNC won a game in which it scored less than 60 points. UNC then matched a school record for fewest points in a win in the 49-21 victory over NCCU on Dec. 12. Carolina currently ranks in the top 10 in the nation in blocks (6th), steals (5th) and field-goal percentage defense (6th).

Senior center Waltiea Rolle has long been established as one of the top shot-blockers in UNC history. Now the Nassau, Bahamas, standout has reached a career milestone. With five blocks against Radford on Dec. 5, Rolle passed 200 blocks for her career, a mark only reached five times in school history and 13 times in ACC history. Rolle currently has 203 career blocks in 98 career games.

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