UNC Visits Hokies For ACC Opener
Release: 01/01/2017
BLACKSBURG, Va. - North Carolina begins its trip through the ACC schedule with a road game at No. 19 Virginia Tech on Monday, Jan. 2 from inside Cassell Coliseum. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra and the WatchESPN app.

North Carolina (11-2) at #19 Virginia Tech (13-0)
Blacksburg, Virginia
Cassell Coliseum
Monday, Jan 2, 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 18-4 in the all-time series with Virginia Tech. UNC has won its last three games at Cassell Coliseum, matching the longest streak of victories in Blacksburg for the Tar Heels. Additionally, Sylvia Hatchell is 14-2 all-time against the Hokies.

Four players scored in double figures to lead North Carolina to a 71-67 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 from Carmichael Arena. Stephanie Watts paced North Carolina with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Destinee Walker had 17 points. Hillary Summers notched her seventh double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Carolina led by a 38-21 margin at the half, but Vanessa Panousis led the Hokies’ charge by scoring eight of her teams first 19 points in the period to get Virginia Tech within 46-40 of the Tar Heels. Watts and Walker answered with consecutive three-pointers. The Heels closed the quarter on a 14-3 run to lead 60-43 heading to the final stanza.

The Hokies again rallied to get back in the game. Free throws from Regan Magarity put an exclamation point on a 20-4 run that made it 64-63, but the Heels would never relinquish its lead down the stretch. Carolina held off the Hokies by the skin of its teeth by converting 7-of-8 free throws in the final 44 seconds when Virginia Tech got within a single point on three separate occasions. Erika Johnson, a 39 percent shooter at the line, made two huge shots to keep her club in front.

Stephanie Watts scored 22 points and put on another three-point shooting clinic during North Carolina’s 82-49 victory over South Carolina State on Friday afternoon inside Carmichael Arena.
Jamie Cherry added 14 points for North Carolina (11-2) in its final non-conference game of the season. Destinee Walker had 11.

• Carolina begins on the road in conference play for the first time since 2012-13.
• UNC has won seven of its last eight games and finished non-conference play with an 11-2 record.
• The Tar Heels are a perfect 11-0 when at least three players score in double figures.
• Carolina ranks 3rd in the ACC by averaging 8.6 three-point field goals per game.
Stephanie Watts ranks 2nd in the ACC in scoring (19.8) and T3rd in rebounding (9.0).
• 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 three games. She scored a season-high 25 points versus Jacksonville on Dec. 20, had 21 against Coppin State on Dec. 28 and 11 against SC State last time on Friday.
• North Carolina is 8-0 this season when limiting opponents to 60 points or less.
Stephanie Watts has made 51 three-pointers thus far this season, leading the ACC with 3.9 made per game. The UNC record is 107 3-pointers set by Ivory Latta in the 2006-07 campaign.
Stephanie Watts is the only player in the ACC that ranks among the top-10 players in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals.

Carolina returns home to face Florida State on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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