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No. 11 UNC Welcomes Virginia Thursday
Release: 01/15/2013

CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina looks to continue its recent string of success Thursday when the Tar Heels host Virginia at 6:30 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. Carolina is 17-1 on the season and 5-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play following a 79-58 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday. Virginia is 11-5 on the season (3-2 in the ACC) after topping NC State 78-59 Sunday in Charlottesville. UNC is ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Virginia is unranked.

Records: North Carolina 17-1 (5-0 ACC), Virginia 11-5 (3-2 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the coaches' poll. Virginia is unranked.
TV: ACC Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports Carolinas in the Chapel Hill area). Tom Werme (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) have the call.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at
On The Web: • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

• North Carolina is 47-32 all-time against Virginia, including a 21-11 mark in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have won 16 of the last 17 meetings and eight straight at home.
• Carolina swept the season series in 2012, winning 78-73 in two overtimes in Charlottesville and 64-56 in Chapel Hill.

• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.9 spg). The Tar Heels are sixth in blocks and seventh in FG% defense.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently four wins shy of 900 for her career and is two ahead of C. Vivian Stringer for the lead among active coaches. Only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt have reached 900 wins.
• UNC is 7-1 this season when tied or trailing at halftime. The Tar Heels were 9-29 in those situations the previous three seasons.
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best four times in 2012-13. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.4 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and steals (2.7 spg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 13.8 points per game this season. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is fourth in the ACC in rebounding with 9.2 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 11 UNC 79, Georgia Tech 58
CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- Megan Buckland scored 19 points, leading five players in double figures as No. 11 North Carolina rolled over Georgia Tech 79-58 Sunday for its 10th straight win. The Tar Heels (17-1, 5-0 ACC) scored 22 unanswered points to seize a 22-3 lead on their way to a 41-17 halftime advantage. Krista Gross had all 10 of her points during the early run. North Carolina shot 53.3 percent (16 of 30) in the first half to 24.2 percent (8 of 33) for the Yellow Jackets (8-8, 1-4), who had won five straight over the Tar Heels.

With the win at NC State on Jan. 10, the Tar Heels are now 7-1 on the year when tied or trailing at halftime. Carolina was 9-29 in those situations in the previous three seasons. All four ACC wins so far in 2013 have seen the Tar Heels enter the locker room either tied or behind.

Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Thursday's game with a career record of 896-315 in 38 seasons, just four wins shy of 900. Only two coaches in women's basketball history have reached this milestone - Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt - but Hatchell and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer are both on pace to get there in 2013. Hatchell currently holds the active lead, two ahead of Stringer's 894.

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