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No. 16 Heels Visit Virginia Tech Friday
Release: 02/20/2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. --- North Carolina looks to bounce back from just its fourth loss of the season Friday when the Tar Heels face Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum at 8:30 p.m. Carolina is 23-4 on the season and 11-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play following an 80-73 loss at Florida State on Sunday. Virginia Tech is 8-17 (2-12 in the ACC) after a 51-46 loss to Clemson on Sunday. UNC is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. Virginia Tech is unranked.

Records: North Carolina 23-4 (11-3 ACC), Virginia Tech 8-17 (2-12 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches' poll. Virginia Tech is unranked.
TV: RSN (Fox Sports Carolinas in the Chapel Hill area). Tom Werme and Christy Winters Scott 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

• North Carolina is 15-3 all-time against Virginia Tech, including a 4-2 mark in Blacksburg.
• The Tar Heels won the first meeting of 2013, 48-45, in Chapel Hill. It was the lowest-scoring win in UNC history. Carolina also won the last meeting in Blacksburg, 56-37, in 2012.
• The Tar Heels have won 12 of the last 13 games in the series. Virginia Tech's last win came in Blacksburg in 2010, a 79-64 decision. Prior to that, the Hokies had not beaten Carolina since 1984.

• Carolina is second in the nation in steals (13.9 spg). The Tar Heels are ninth in points allowed per opponent possession and 14th 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 7-4 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 six times in 2012-13, with the most recent award coming Feb. 18. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), steals (2.2 spg) and blocks (1.0 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 fourth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.6 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 19 Florida State 80, No 14 UNC 73
TALLAHASSEE --- Xylina McDaniel scored a career-high 25 points but No. 14 North Carolina fell to No. 19 Florida State, 80-73, Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Leonor Rodriguez had 22 for the Seminoles, who snapped UNC's three-game winning streak. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 14 points for the Tar Heels (23-4, 11-3 ACC), who lost away from Chapel Hill for just the second time in 2013. Waltiea Rolle, who did not start due to illness, came off the bench to add 14 points and seven boards.

North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell is one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame announced Feb 15. Hatchell, who recently became the third women's coach to reach 900 career wins, is one of six first-time finalists and, along with Dawn Staley, one of two women's committee nominees.

Hatchell is joined as a finalist by former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond, former Houston Cougars coach Guy Lewis, current Louisville coach Rick Pitino and former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Boston Celtics great Tom Heinsohn, already inducted as a player, is a finalist in the coaching category.

Hatchell has a career record of 902-317 in 38 seasons, 27 of which have come at North Carolina. She is the only coach in history to win national championships at three different levels (AIAW, NAIA and NCAA), and has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA Final Fours, eight ACC championships and the 1994 NCAA Championship. In addition to her success at UNC, Hatchell won 272 games and two national championships in 11 seasons at Francis Marion.

The 2013 class will be announced at the Men's Final Four in April.

North Carolina freshman forward Xylina McDaniel was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the sixth time on Feb. 18. McDaniel earned her league-leading sixth ACC Rookie of the Week honor after averaging 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in Carolina's 1-1 week. McDaniel just missed a double-double in the 76-56 win over Wake Forest, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. At No. 19 Florida State, McDaniel scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead all scorers. The Columbia, S.C., product added five rebounds and two assists and made both of her three-point attempts. McDaniel also earned weekly honors on Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Dec. 31, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4.

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