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No. 14 Tar Heels Visit No. 19 FSU Sunday
Release: 02/16/2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --- North Carolina looks to continue its strong play away from Chapel Hill Sunday when the Tar Heels take on Florida State at 1 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Carolina is 23-3 on the season and 11-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play following a 76-56 win over Wake Forest on Thursday. Florida State is 19-5 (9-4 in the ACC) after a 76-69 home loss to NC State. UNC is ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. Florida State in No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches' poll.

Records: North Carolina 23-3 (11-2 ACC), Florida State 19-5 (9-4 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches' poll. Florida State is No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches' poll.
TV: RSN (Fox Sports Carolinas in the Chapel Hill area). Tom Werme and Chelsea Shine have the call.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at
On The Web: • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

• North Carolina is 31-9 all-time against Florida State, including a 14-4 mark in Tallahassee.
• Carolina won the first meeting of 2013 in Chapel Hill on Jan. 31, 72-62.
• Florida State defeated Carolina in its first ACC game against the Tar Heels, but the Noles have won just six times in 36 tries since.

• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.2 spg). The Tar Heels are seventh in points allowed per opponent possession and 11th in blocks.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently second all-time in career coaching wins with 902. Hatchell now trails only Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time list after passing Jody Conradt (900) on Feb. 10.
• UNC is 7-3 this season when tied or trailing at halftime. The Tar Heels were 9-29 in those situations the previous three seasons.
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best five times in 2012-13, with the most recent award coming Feb. 4. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.4 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), steals (2.3 spg) and blocks (1.1 bpg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game this season. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is sixth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.5 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 14 UNC 76, Wake Forest 56
CHAPEL HILL --- No. 14 North Carolina opened on a 6-0 run and never trailed as the Tar Heels beat Wake Forest for the 10th straight time, 76-56, Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Carolina, while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 13 in just nine minutes. Carolina (23-3, 11-2 ACC) used its swarming defense to stifle the Demon Deacons early, keeping the visitors from attempting a field goal for nearly three minutes to open the game. Wake had pulled within six at 22-16 before the Tar Heels went on a 17-4 run that effectively put the game away before halftime.

With the win over Boston College on Feb. 7, Sylvia Hatchell became just the third women's coach in history to reach 900 career victories. Three days later, Hatchell, who enters Sunday's game with a career record of 902-317 in 38 seasons, passed Jody Conradt for second all-time in career wins. Only Pat Summitt (1,098) has won more games as a women's coach than Hatchell, who is also the active leader in wins, three ahead of Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer's 899.

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