WEATHER UPDATE - The game between North Carolina and Virginia remains on schedule to be played Sunday inside Carmichael Arena at 2 p.m.
Admission will not be charged for the game. Ticket holders for Sunday have the ability to use their ticket as a voucher for a future home women’s basketball game during the 2016-17 season.
Ticket holders can either exchange their ticket by calling the UNC ticket office at 919-962-2296 or at the ticket office on game day. Tickets will be based on availability for the selected game.
Any updates leading up to the game will be made available on GoHeels.com and @UNCWBB (Twitter).
CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina wraps up a busy first week in the ACC with a home game with Virginia on Sunday at 2 p.m. inside Carmichael Arena.
UNC is 0-2 in ACC play for the first time since 2000-01, and looks to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time since the 1999-00 campaign when Carolina began 0-5.
Both Carolina and Virginia own identical 11-4 overall and are among four ACC schools with 0-2 records in conference play. The Cavaliers have lost both games by five points, 54-49 at Syracuse and 86-81 in overtime to No. 8 Louisville on Thursday in the home opener.
North Carolina (11-4, 0-2) vs. Virginia (11-4, 0-2)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
Tip: 2 p.m.
$10 Regular Price Tickets
$4 Group Ticket (10+)
$1 Youth Team Day (GoHeels.com promo code: WB17-TEAM)
• 3-Point Play Miniplan
• Kids Day: First 200 kids eat free; Face painting until end of halftime
• Tar Heel State Flags to first 500 students
• Shag Day Halftime Performance
• National Argyle Day
WHERE TO WATCH
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra or ESPN3, and the WatchESPN app.
The game is available on 97.9 FM WCHL in the Triangle. A live stream is also available world wide on GoHeels.com.
Carolina and Virginia meet for the 84th time with the Tar Heels owning a 50-33 edge in the series. The Cavaliers won last season, 72-68, in Charlottesville, but UNC is 22-3 against their rivals going back to the 2001-02 season. The Tar Heels have also won the last 10 games played in Chapel Hill.
Virginia held on for a 72-68 win over North Carolina last Feb. 25, 2016, marking just the Cavaliers second win over the Tar Heels in the last 21 meetings between the two programs. Destinee Walker scored a team-leading 18 points to pace North Carolina. Hillary Summers had 16 points, and Stephanie Watts notched her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jamie Cherry had 12.
Mikayla Vinson led Virginia with 23 points, while Breyana Mason had 13 points, and J’Kyra Brown and Faith Randolph added 12 and 11 points. Watts tied the game early in the fourth, 47-47, on a jumper from the free throw line, but Virginia would later lead by as many as eight, 62-54, with 4:28 to go.
LAST TIME OUT
Imani Wright scored 22 points to help sixth-ranked Florida State beat North Carolina 90-77 on Thursday night. Ivey Slaughter added 16 points for the Seminoles. They shot 49 percent, controlled the inside and ran off the first eight points of the third quarter to lead by as many as 19. The bigger Seminoles finished with a 37-30 rebounding advantage, doubled UNC’s guard-dependent lineup on the offensive glass (16-8) and scored 19 second-chance points.
Stephanie Watts scored 19 points for the Tar Heels, who also shot 49 percent. But with FSU controlling the boards, the Seminoles got plenty of extra looks (18 more shots) while also scoring 17 points off turnovers to keep UNC in catch-up mode all night.
• UNC finished non-conference play with an 11-2 record.
• Carolina ranks 2nd in the ACC by averaging 8.5 three-point field goals per game.
• Stephanie Watts ranks 2nd in the ACC in scoring (19.6) and 6th in rebounding (8.7).
• Stephanie Watts set an ACC record with 10 made three-pointers against Charleston Southern on Nov. 22. She also scored a career-high 39 points, tied for the fifth most points in program history.
• Destinee Walker is averaging 19.0 points over the last five games. She has scored 20 or more points three times in that span.
• Paris Kea is averaging 6.2 assists in the last five games, having delivered at least five dimes in every one of those games.
• North Carolina is 8-0 this season when limiting opponents to 60 points or less.
• Stephanie Watts has made 57 three-pointers thus far this season, leading the ACC with 3.8 made per game. The UNC record is 107 3-pointers set by Ivory Latta in the 2006-07 campaign.
• Jamie Cherry ranks 19th in ACC history with a 81.1 career FT shooting percentage, tied with former UVa and current South Carolina coach Dawn Staley.
• Carolina is 22-3 against Virginia going back to the 2001-02 season. The Tar Heels have won the last 10 games at home versus the Cavaliers, including a thrilling 72-70 win in the last matchup between the two clubs at Carmichael in 2015.
• Sylvia Hatchell is 33-28 all-time against Virginia going back to 1986-87.
• UNC ranks 4th in the ACC in free throw shooting at 71.3 percent. Paris Kea and Jaime Cherry are the top charity stripe shooter for the Tar Heels at 82.4%
• Seven Tar Heels - Jamie Cherry, Hillary Fuller, Paris Kea, Taylor Koenen, Emily Sullivan, Destinee Walker and Stephanie Watts - have scored in double figures this season.
• Watts (6x), Kea (4x) and Walker (3x) have reached 20 points in a game a total of 13 times this season.
Carolina visits Duke on Thursday at 7 p.m.