UNC Rekindles Duke Rivalry Thursday In Durham
Release: 01/11/2017
DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina faces 12th-ranked Duke for the first of two regular season meetings on Thursday from Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m. With the game being played on Jan. 12, it marks the earliest meeting between the two rivals in a season since the 2003-04 campaign when the two met in Durham on Jan. 11, a 79-57 Blue Devil victory.

North Carolina (12-4, 1-2) at #12 Duke (14-2, 2-1)
Durham, North Carolina
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017
Tip: 7 p.m.

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 leads 49-44 in the all-time series with Duke.

Carolina closed out the 2015-16 regular season with a 93-57 loss to Duke inside Carmichael Arena. Freshman Stephanie Watts led UNC in scoring for the 11th time this season with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Hillary Summers recorded her eighth double-double of the year with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Destinee Walker registered double figures for the 27th time with 14 points. Rebecca Greenwell paced Duke with a career-high 27 points. Oderah Chidom and Kyra Lambert added 20 and 14 points, respectively for the Blue Devils.

Paris Kea finished one point shy of the first triple-double in program history to lead North Carolina to a 67-58 win over Virginia on Sunday at Carmichael Arena. The redshirt sophomore had nine points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Tar Heels garnered their first ACC victory of the season. UNC also received a double-double from Stephanie Watts with 15 points and 10 boards and Destinee Walker had a game-high 17 points. Taylor Koenen had 11.

Aliyah Huland El paced Virginia with 13 points, while J’Kyra Brown had 12 and Breyana Mason added 10. Carolina seized control of the game by scoring the final 10 points of the game after Virginia took a 56-55 lead with 3:42 remaining.

• UNC avoided its first 0-3 ACC start since the 1999-00 season with a 67-58 win over Virginia last time out on Sunday in Chapel Hill.
• UNC’s last win at Cameron Indoor Stadium came in 2014 and is 2-7 in the building since 2008-09.
Stephanie Watts ranks 2nd in the ACC in scoring (19.3) and 5th in rebounding (8.8).
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.
Destinee Walker is averaging 18.7 points over the last six games.
Paris Kea is averaging 6.8 assists in the last six games, having delivered at least five dimes in every one of those games.
• North Carolina is 9-0 this season when limiting opponents to 60 points or less.
Stephanie Watts has made 59 three-pointers thus far this season, leading the ACC with 3.7 made per game. The UNC record is 107 3-pointers set by Ivory Latta in the 2006-07 campaign.
Jamie Cherry ranks 17th in ACC history with a 81.2 career FT shooting percentage, tied with two former Clemson players.
Sylvia Hatchell is 33-39 all-time against Duke going back to 1986-87.
• UNC ranks 4th in the ACC in free throw shooting at 72.1 percent. Jaime Cherry (83.0) and Paris Kea (81.6) are the top charity stripe shooter for the Tar Heels.
• 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.
Stephanie Watts leads the ACC and ranks 18th nationally with eight double-doubles. She had 15 in her two seasons with the Tar Heels.
• Carolina ranks 3rd in the ACC by averaging 8.3 three-point field goals per game.

Carolina remains on the road for a matchup with Pitt on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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