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Carolina To Play Three Games In Cancun Challenge
Release: 11/27/2013
CANCUN, Mexico - The No. 11/12 North Carolina women's basketball team will play three games this week in the Cancun Challenge beginning Thursday with Arkansas State at 3:30 pm ET.

The tournament continues Friday against Arizona State at 1 p.m., and Saturday versus Illinois at 3:30 p.m.

All three games will have live video broadcasts. Each days broadcast link can be found on the women's basketball schedule page on GoHeels.com by clicking the plus (+) sign under the Related Links column.

The Tar Heels won both games last week to move up one spot in the Associated Press poll at No. 11, while maintaining its No. 12 ranking in the Coaches' poll.

On Monday, freshman forward Stephanie Mavunga was named ACC Rookie of the Week. She joined teammate Allisha Gray in giving Carolina back-to-back winners of the award over the last two weeks.

Mavunga averaged a double-double last week with 17 points and 10 rebounds in two games. That included a 10-for-10 performance against Coastal Carolina that led to a 20-point, 13-rebound and five-block effort against the Chanticleers.

The first set of NCAA statistics were released this week and Carolina ranks second in the nation, allowing its opponents to shoot a measly 27.8 percent from the field thus far. The Tar Heels also come in eighth with 14.4 steals per game.

Arkansas State ran its record to 4-1 with a 91-68 win at Louisiana Tech earlier in the week. Senior Aundrea Gamble, the active scoring leader in the Sun Belt Conference, averages a team-leading 21.4 points per game. Hanna Qedan is providing 15.2 points a game, while Jane Morrill averages 12.6 ppt.

Arizona State enters the tournament with a 3-1 mark. The Sun Devils feature three double-digit scorers - Deja Mann (13.8), Adrianne Thomas (11.5) and Promise Amukamara (10.0).

Illnois boasts a 4-1 ledger having won its last four games after dropping its season-opening game at Bradley. The Illini features a balanced-scoring attack with four players scoring at least 13.6 points per game. Amber Moore leads the way at 22.0 points per outing, followed by Ivory Crawford (15.0), Jacqui Grant (14.4) and Sarah Hartwell (13.6).

North Carolina returns home to host nationally-ranked Nebraska on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m., on ESPN3.

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