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UNC Hosts #6 FSU In ACC Home Opener
Release: 01/04/2017
CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina faces its second nationally-ranked opponent this week when No. 6 Florida State comes to town for a Thursday ACC women’s basketball tilt beginning at 7 p.m. The game marks the conference home opener for the Tar Heels, who began league play on Monday with a 76-68 setback at No. 18 Virginia Tech.

UNC has won its last two ACC home openers and is 14-1 in the last 15 such games since 2000-01.

Florida State is coming off a 70-61 home loss to NC State on Monday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ current No. 6 ranking ties for the highest rank in program history, and for the first time, FSU is the highest-rated ACC team. The only other loss Florida State has suffered this season is a 78-76 loss to Connecticut.

GAME INFORMATION
North Carolina (11-3, 0-1) vs. No. 6/8 Florida State (13-2, 1-1)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Carmichael Arena
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
Tip: 7 p.m.

TICKETS
$7 Regular Price Tickets
$4 Group Ticket (10+)
$1 Youth Team Day (GoHeels.com promo code: WB17-TEAM)

PROMOTIONS
BOGO Thursdays: Buy One, Get One Deals on hot dogs and drinks

WHERE TO WATCH
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra or ESPN3, and the WatchESPN app.

TUNE IN
The game is available on 97.9 FM WCHL in the Triangle. A live stream is also available world wide on GoHeels.com.

SERIES HISTORY
Carolina and Florida State square off for the 45th time in series history on Thursday with the Tar Heels owning a commanding 33-11 edge in a series that dates back 35 years ago. The first meeting took place on Jan. 5, 1982 when FSU won 77-68 in the Hurricane New Year’s Classic in Miami.

The Tar Heels are 6-3 against the Seminoles since the 2010-11 season, and have won each of the last two meetings at Carmichael Arena. FSU last won in Chapel Hill in 2010 and is just 3-16 all-time on the road against North Carolina.

LAST MEETING
Led by Adut Bulgak’s 19 points and 14 rebounds, No. 10 Florida State placed six players in double figures in a 94-63 victory over North Carolina on Feb. 14, 2016 from the Tucker Center. Then freshman Stephanie Watts enjoyed another strong game for North Carolina with a team-leading 19 points and nine rebounds. Classmate Destinee Walker chipped in with 18 points, while Hillary Summers recorded 12 points and nine boards.

Florida State won its 31st straight game at home with a balanced scoring attack. Leticia Romero and Emiah Bingley each had 15 points, 12 by Ivey Slaughter and 11 came from Shakayla Thomas and 10 from Kai James.

LAST TIME OUT
Regan Magarity scored 24 points and No. 18 Virginia Tech remained unbeaten on the season after a 76-68 win over North Carolina on Monday night in the ACC women’s basketball opener for both teams. Destinee Walker scored a team-high 22 points for North Carolina. Stephanie Watts added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Paris Kea had 10.

Virginia Tech continues its second best start to a season in program history by knocking off the Tar Heels for the first time in Blacksburg since 2010. Watts and Sidney Cook of Virginia Tech each registered their ACC leading seventh double-double. Cook had 16 points and 13 boards. Magarity had 17 rebounds to go with her game-high 24 points.

FASTBREAK POINTS
• UNC finished non-conference play with an 11-2 record.
• Carolina ranks 3rd in the ACC by averaging 8.4 three-point field goals per game.
Stephanie Watts ranks 2nd in the ACC in scoring (19.6) and 4th in rebounding (9.1).
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 19.8 points over the last four games. She has scored 20 or more points three times in that time frame.
Paris Kea and Stephanie Watts are the third highest scoring duo in the ACC behind only tandems from Syracuse and Duke.
• North Carolina is 8-0 this season when limiting opponents to 60 points or less.
Stephanie Watts has made 54 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 is 6-3 against Florida State since the 2010-11 season. The Tar Heels have won the last two games against the Seminoles at Carmichael (2013, 2015) and they haven’t won in Chapel Hill since 2010.
Sylvia Hatchell is 33-9 all-time against Florida State.
• UNC ranks 5th in the ACC in free throw shooting at 70.4 percent. Paris Kea (83.3) and Jaime Cherry (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.

NEXT UP
Carolina hosts Virginia on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN. The first 500 students in attendance will receive a Tar Heel State Flag.


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