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Carolina Visits Boston College Thursday
Release: 02/06/2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. --- North Carolina hopes to rebound from its first home loss of the season when the Tar Heels face Boston College Thursday at 7 p.m. at Conte Forum. Carolina is 20-3 on the season and 8-2 in ACC play following an 84-63 loss to No. 5 Duke on Sunday. Boston College is 9-12 (3-7 in the ACC) after an 85-62 loss at Maryland on Thursday. UNC is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. Boston College is unranked.

AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 20-3 (8-2 ACC), Boston College 9-12 (3-7 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches' poll. Boston College is unranked.
TV: ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com. Eric Frede and Steffi Sorensen 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 GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 6-1 all-time against Boston College, including a 3-0 mark in Chestnut Hill.
• Carolina won the lone meeting in 2012, a 77-46 blowout in Chapel Hill.
• The last meeting in Massachusetts came down to the wire with the Tar Heels winning 84-83 on a late tip-in by Jessica Breland.

QUICK HITS
• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.3 spg). The Tar Heels are 11th in blocks and 20th in FG% defense.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently one win shy of 900 for her career and is one ahead of C. Vivian Stringer for the lead among active coaches. Only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt have reached 900 wins.
• 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 this week. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg) and steals (2.4 spg).
• 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 fourth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.9 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 5 Duke 84, No. 11 UNC 63
CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- Chloe Wells scored a career-high 18 points to help No. 5 Duke roll past No. 11 North Carolina 84-63 on Sunday. Tricia Liston added 15 for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 ACC), who blew the game open with a 29-3 run over 10 minutes, led by 31 at halftime and were up by as many as 33 points in its fifth straight win in the rivalry. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 18 points to lead the Tar Heels, but she had 11 of the team's 24 turnovers. North Carolina shot 33 percent for the game in its first home loss. Waltiea Rolle added 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

HATCHELL APPROACHING HISTORY
Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Thursday's game with a career record of 899-317 in 38 seasons, one win shy of 900. Only two coaches in women's basketball history have reached this milestone - Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt - but Hatchell and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer are both on pace to get there in 2013. Hatchell currently holds the active lead, one ahead of Stringer's 898.

TAR HEELS WIN TWENTY AGAIN IN 2013
• With the win over No. 20 Florida State on Jan. 31, UNC reached the 20-win mark for the 24th time in program history.
• Carolina has won 20 games under Sylvia Hatchell 19 times in 27 seasons and 11 times in the last 12 campaigns.
• The win on Jan. 31 marked the first time Carolina has reached 20 wins in January since the Final Four team of 2006-07. That squad started 24-0 and finished 34-4. The 34 wins stands as the single-season school record.
• Hatchell has coached her teams to at least 20 wins on 29 occasions in 38 seasons, good for fourth-most nationally. Only Pat Summitt, Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt have coached more 20-win seasons.
• In addition to her 19 20-win seasons in Chapel Hill, Hatchell teams won 20 or more games 10 times in 11 seasons at Francis Marion.


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