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Carolina Hosts Lady Vols Monday Night On ESPN2
Release: 11/10/2013
CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina hosts Tennessee Monday at 9 p.m., on ESPN2 in one of the most anticipated women's basketball games of the season.

The game is part of ESPN's "College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon," featuring 24 hours of basketball coverage on Monday and Tuesday.

Carolina, ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll, will look to beat the fourth-ranked Lady Vols for the first time since the 2006-07 season, coincidentally the last time the Tar Heels hosted Tennessee in Chapel Hill.

A win Monday would also mark the first over the No. 4 ranked team in the country since a 75-60 victory over Duke on Feb. 9, 2009 at Carmichael Arena.

Carolina opened the 2013-14 season with a convincing 87-26 win over Air Force on Friday. Diamond DeShields scored 16 points in her first college game to help the No. 12 Tar Heels beat Air Force 87-26 in the opener for both teams. Fellow rookie Stephanie Mavunga added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

UNC dominated from the tip by holding Air Force to two baskets in the first half to take a 41-9 lead at the break. The Falcons finished the game shooting just 14 percent (7 for 50) and had 30 turnovers.

It was a strong debut for the Tar Heels' recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN and features three McDonald's All-Americans.

DeShields, a 6-foot-1 forward from Norcross, Ga., shook off an early left ankle injury to lead the Tar Heels by making 8 of 15 shots with four steals in 18 minutes. The 6-3 Mavunga had three blocks and helped UNC dominate inside with 50 points in the paint.

Another freshman, Allisha Gray, came off the bench to add 13 points and six rebounds as the Tar Heels shot 47 percent and scored 30 points off turnovers. UNC also took a 53-33 rebounding advantage against the undersized Falcons and scored 16 second-chance points.

The Tar Heels will honor all military veterans for their service to our country throughout the night. All active and retired military members will be granted free admission and can purchase half-price tickets for their guests. Doors open at 7:30 pm with the first 250 students receiving exclusive ‘Go Heels. Go America.' t-shirts.

For tickets and more information, visit the women's basketball ticket page or call (800) 722-HEEL.

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