AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 18-1 (6-0 ACC), Maryland 15-3 (6-1 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches' poll. Maryland is ranked No. 10 in both polls.
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 GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach
MARYLAND SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 37-35 all-time against Maryland, including a 12-18 mark in College Park.
• Carolina's 60-57 win in Chapel Hill on Jan. 3 snapped a four-game losing streak against Maryland. Prior to that win, the Tar Heels had lost six of their last seven against the Terps, Carolina's worst run against Maryland since losing eight in a row from 1988-1991.
• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.8 spg). The Tar Heels are sixth in blocks and eighth in FG% defense.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently three wins shy of 900 for her career and is one 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 (12.6 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and steals (2.6 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 8.8 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 11 UNC 71, Virginia 60
CHAPEL HILL --- No. 11 North Carolina continued its best league start in five years with a 71-60 win over Virginia Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. Xylina McDaniel had a game-high 15 points, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Waltiea Rolle had 14 apiece as the Tar Heels improved to 18-1 and 6-0 in ACC play. UNC used a 19-4 run to close the first half and runs of 8-2 and 7-0 after the break to put the game out of reach early. The Tar Heels led by as many as 27 early in the second half and held on for their second double-digit win after four straight close ones to start ACC play.
TAR HEELS MAKING THE RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS
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.
HATCHELL APPROACHING HISTORY
Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Thursday's game with a career record of 897-315 in 38 seasons, just three 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, one ahead of Stringer's 896.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 55.3 points per game and 32.8 percent shooting from the field. The current school record for opponent scoring average is 55.0 points per game in 2006-07. The Tar Heels have won three times in 2012-13 when scoring fewer than 60 points, something that had only happened once since 2005 prior to this season. On Jan. 6, Carolina established a new school record for fewest points in a win in the 48-45 victory over Virginia Tech, breaking a record that had stood since 1976. The Tar Heels currently rank in the top 10 in the nation in steals (1st), blocks (6th) and field-goal percentage defense (8th).