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No. 19 UNC Hosts NCCU Wednesday Morning
Release: 12/11/2012
CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina plays its final home game before the semester break when the Tar Heels host North Carolina Central Wednesday morning at 11 at Carmichael. Carolina is 8-1 on the year following a 66-44 win over Radford on Dec. 5. NCCU is 0-10 on the season after a 59-33 loss at Old Dominion on Dec. 6. UNC is ranked No. 19 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. North Carolina Central is unranked.

Records: North Carolina 8-1, North Carolina Central 0-10
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and is receiving votes in the coaches' poll. North Carolina Central is unranked.
TV: GoHeels TV. Today's game can be streamed live via GoHeels TV on GoHeels.com.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt (play-by-play) has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

• Carolina is 5-0 all-time against North Carolina Central, and all five games have been played in Chapel Hill.
• UNC and NCCU have played every year since 2007, Central's first season as a Division I program. The 2007 meeting - a 109-32 victory that is the biggest in school history for UNC - was NCCU's first Division I game.
• The Tar Heels won last year's meeting, 79-42. The average margin of victory in the five games in the series is 49.2.

• Carolina is 415-93 all-time in Carmichael, including a 42-10 record since the building re-opened after being closed for renovations from March 2008 to December 2009.
• The Tar Heels have won at least 13 home games in each of the last 11 seasons, including a school-record 18 during an undefeated 2007-08 home campaign.
• UNC has lost just 19 home games since the start of the 2001-02 season. The Tar Heels have been even more stingy against non-conference opponents, losing at home just twice outside of league play in the last decade.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 21 UNC 66, Radford 44
CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- Waltiea Rolle scored 24 points and Xylina McDaniel had 16 to go with eight rebounds and No. 21 North Carolina defeated Radford, 64-44, Dec. 5. Krista Gross pulled down a career-high 17 for UNC. Carolina (8-1) opened the game on an 11-2 run, and after Jordynn Gaymon's jumper cut the deficit to 13-4, the Tar Heels scored the next eight points to lead 21-4 with 4:19 left in the first half. They led 33-10 at the break and went up 46-23 in the second half behind a bucket from McDaniel.

Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 58.4 points per game and 32.7 percent shooting from the field. The win over Ohio State on Nov. 28 was a showcase for how defense is driving this year's Tar Heels. The 57-54 victory marked just the second time since 2005 that UNC won a game in which it scored less than 60 points. Carolina currently ranks in the top 25 in the nation in blocks (2nd), steals (8th) and field-goal percentage defense (23rd).

Senior center Waltiea Rolle has long been established as one of the top shot-blockers in UNC history. Now the Nassau, Bahamas, standout has reached a career milestone. With five blocks against Radford on Dec. 5, Rolle passed 200 blocks for her career, a mark only reached five times in school history and 13 times in ACC history.

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