North Carolina (15-15) vs. No. 21 Syracuse (20-9)
Conway, South Carolina
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Tip: 8 p.m. ET
WHERE TO WATCH
The game will be carried on the Regional Sports Network, including locally on Fox Sports Carolinas, and streamed 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.
Also available on Sirius 134 / XM 201 / App Channel 961 and the TuneIn App (College Sports Now Tune In page).
Carolina owns a slight 4-3 edge in the series with the Orange, who were victorious, 95-64, on their home court just a few weeks ago in central New York. This is the first meeting between the two schools in the ACC Tournament.
Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes, the top-scoring backcourt in the nation, combined for 61 points to lead No. 20 Syracuse to a 95-64 victory over North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 12 from the Carrier Dome.
Paris Kea scored 27 points to lead North Carolina. Jamie Cherry had 17, while Stephanie Watts had 10 rebounds and seven points. Sykes scored a career-high 34 points, while Peterson added 27.
LAST TIME OUT
Jamie Cherry scored a career-high 32 points to lead 14-seed North Carolina to a 72-60 victory over 11-seed Pitt on Wednesday evening at the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament from HTC Center. Paris Kea contributed 21 points, while freshman Taylor Koenen scored nine of her 11 points after halftime and also hauled in 11 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double.
Kauai Bradley led Pitt with 12 points, while Kalista Walters and Brenna Wise had 11 points each and Jasmine Whitney had 10. The win snapped a snaps three-game losing streak to Pitt, including an 82-72 overtime setback in the first round of this tournament last season.
Carolina limited the Panthers to only 19 points after halftime, and grabbed more rebounds, 38-30, than its opponent for the first time since Jan. 8 against Virginia. A 10-0 run to begin the third period lifted the Tar Heels into the lead after trailing 41-37 at intermission. Koenen opened with a triple and Cherry matched that with one of her six three-pointers to give UNC the lead for good.
NUMBER OF 20-POINT GAMES IN THE ACC
20 Alexis Peterson - Syracuse
14 Brittney Sykes - Syracuse
13 Lexie Brown - Duke, Paris Kea - North Carolina, Asia Durr - Louisville
MOST FRESHMAN ON A ROSTER THIS SEASON
9 - Seton Hall
8 - Arkansas State, Cornell, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, UAB, Winthrop
CAROLINA FAST-BREAK POINTS
• UNC has the most wins (61) in ACC Tournament history. The Tar Heels have won nine ACC titles - 1984, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 - the 2nd most in league history behind Maryland (10).
• Carolina has appeared in the finals in 15 of the last 23 years, and nine of the last 15.
• UNC has reached the semifinals 28 times in the previous 39 ACC Tournaments.
• Jamie Cherry became the 37th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points on Thursday, Feb. 16 in the victory over Georgia Tech.
• UNC is regarded as the youngest team in the nation with 8 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 1 junior & 1 senior.
• In her 31st season at UNC, head coach Sylvia Hatchell is only 10 wins shy of 1,000 career victories. Hatchell has compiled the third most victories all-time behind Pat Summitt and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.
• Carolina has set a program record with 774 three-point attempts, smashing the previous mark of 719 back in 2007. The Tar Heels’ 246 made triples are only two shy of the 248 made by the 2006 club.
• Paris Kea has averaged 21.9 points over the last 12 games, while Jamie Cherry is dropping 22.7 points in the last 10 games. Cherry has scored 32 against Pitt last time out and had 31 against Boston College on Feb. 9. She is shooting a staggering 48.2 percent (40-of-83) from three-point land in the last 10 games.
The winner between Carolina and Syracuse will take on third seed Duke on Friday in a quarterfinal matchup at 8 p.m.