Three wins by the Tar Heels last week captivated the women's basketball national audience with road victories over then No. 3 Duke and No. 10 NC State in a span of six days. Sprinkled in-between was a 36-point rout at home to Pittsburgh.
The 20-6 club catapulted six places in the Associated Press poll to No. 11 nationally, and inched up two spots to No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches' Poll. The Tar Heels own a 6-2 record this season against ranked clubs.
Taking a look at the current top 25 standings, Carolina has picked up victories this season over No. 4 South Carolina, No. 7 Duke, No. 14 NC State (twice) and No. 17 Nebraska.
Carolina players received numerous awards since last weeks wins over a pair of top 10 clubs. The Tar Heels swept the weekly ACC awards as Diamond DeShields earned Player of the Week, while classmate Allisha Gray was honored for the third time this season as the Rookie of the Week.
After struggling at times with the three-point shot this season, the Tar Heels came alive last week, making 33 shots from distance in three games, shooting 46% from beyond the arc. Carolina has averaged 88.8 points over its last four games and is fifth nationally in scoring at 84.4 ppg.
The Tar Heels take on a Virginia squad that comes into the game with a 13-12 record, 6-6 in the ACC. UNC has won 20 of the last 24 games against the Cavaliers, however, the John Paul Jones Arena has proved to be a tough place to play. The last two games have both gone to double overtime with each team owning a victory in the two contests.
North Carolina returns home to host Virginia Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m., on ESPN3. Fans can purchase four tickets for $9.99 at GoHeels.com using the promo code: WB14-99.9. The athletic department will be celebrating Rameses' birthday during the game.