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No. 11 UNC Looks To Rebound At Miami
Release: 01/26/2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- North Carolina looks to rebound from its first loss in almost seven weeks Sunday when the Tar Heels face Miami at 2 p.m. at BankUnited Center. Carolina is 18-2 on the season and 6-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play following an 85-59 loss at Maryland on Thursday. Miami is 14-5 (5-3 in the ACC) after a 79-78 win over Wake Forest on Thursday. UNC is ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Miami is unranked, but the Hurricanes are receiving votes in both polls.

Records: North Carolina 18-2 (6-1 ACC), Miami 14-5 (5-3 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches' poll. Miami is unranked.
TV: ESPN2. Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and LaChina Robinson (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 11-5 all-time against Miami, including a 3-3 mark in the Miami/Coral Gables area.
• Carolina and Miami split the two meetings in 2012. The Tar Heels scored a 65-63 triumph in Chapel Hill before UM evened the score with a 61-37 win in Coral Gables.
• UNC is 6-3 against the Hurricanes in ACC regular season play. Last year marked the only time the two schools have played a regular-season home-and-home.

• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.8 spg). The Tar Heels are seventh in blocks and 16th 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 7-2 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 (12.3 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and steals (2.6 spg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 13.9 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. 10 Maryland 85, No. 11 UNC 59
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) --- Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and 10th-ranked Maryland beat No. 11 North Carolina 85-59 Thursday night to end the Tar Heels' 11-game winning streak. Thomas fell two assists short of her second career triple-double and Chloe Pavlech scored 18 for the Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 ACC). Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt each scored 15 for the Tar Heels (18-2, 6-1), who fell for just the second time this season. North Carolina went 1 for 19 from 3-point range and allowed a season-high 58 percent shooting in the loss.

With the victory at NC State on Jan. 10, the Tar Heels have won seven games this season when tied or trailing at halftime. Carolina is 7-2 in those situations in 2012-13 after being 9-29 in the previous three seasons. UNC's first four ACC wins in 2013 saw the Tar Heels enter the locker room either tied or behind.

Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Sunday's game with a career record of 897-316 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.

Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 56.8 points per game and 33.9 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 20 in the nation in steals (1st), blocks (7th) and field-goal percentage defense (16th).

The numbers look even better when adjusted for Carolina's up-tempo style, as the Tar Heels are sixth in the country in points allowed per possession. According to, UNC allows just 0.71 points per opponent possession.

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