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No. 16 Tar Heels Head To Atlanta Sunday
Release: 02/09/2013
ATLANTA --- Less than 72 hours removed from giving Sylvia Hatchell her historic 900th win, North Carolina looks to continue its strong play away from home when the Tar Heels meet Georgia Tech Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at McCamish Pavilion. Carolina is 21-3 on the season and 9-2 in ACC play following an 80-52 win at Boston College on Thursday. Georgia Tech is 10-13 (3-9 in the ACC) after a 63-61 loss to Virginia Tech Friday night. UNC is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. Georgia Tech is unranked.

Records: North Carolina 21-3 (9-2 ACC), Georgia Tech 10-13 (3-9 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches' poll. Georgia Tech is unranked.
TV: ESPNU. Michele Smith and LaChina Robinson 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 52-17 all-time against Georgia Tech, including a 21-9 mark in Atlanta.
• Carolina snapped a five-game Georgia Tech winning streak in the series earlier this season with a 79-58 victory in Chapel Hill.
• Georgia Tech won both meetings in 2012, winning 56-54 in Chapel Hill during the regular season and 54-53 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
• Georgia Tech (17-52) is one of three schools with at least 50 losses to the Tar Heels - Wake Forest (12-58) and Clemson (27-52) are the others.

• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.1 spg). The Tar Heels are 14th in blocks and 24th in FG% defense.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently tied for second all-time in career coaching wins with 900. With her next win, Hatchell will pass Jody Conradt (900) and will trail only Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time list.
• UNC is 7-3 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 five times in 2012-13, with the most recent award coming Feb. 4. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), steals (2.3 spg) and blocks (1.0 bpg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.1 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. 16 UNC 80, Boston College 52
BOSTON (AP) --- Sylvia Hatchell became the third women's coach in NCAA history to join the 900-win club on Thursday night, reaching the milestone when No. 16 North Carolina beat Boston College 80-52. As the players dribbled out the final seconds, Hatchell finally let a smile come over her face and accepted the congratulations from her assistant coaches and even one of the referees. Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and seven rebounds for North Carolina (21-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 with six rebounds and six assists, and Krista Gross had 12 points and eight rebounds.

With the win over Boston College on Feb. 7, Sylvia Hatchell became just the third women's coach in history to reach 900 career victories. Hatchell, who enters Sunday's game with a career record of 900-317 in 38 seasons, joined Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the exclusive 900-win club. Hatchell is also the active leader in wins, two ahead of Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer's 898.

• With the win over No. 20 Florida State on Jan. 31, UNC reached the 20-win mark for the 24th time in program history.
• Carolina has won 20 games under Sylvia Hatchell 19 times in 27 seasons and 11 times in the last 12 campaigns.
• The win on Jan. 31 marked the first time Carolina has reached 20 wins in January since the Final Four team of 2006-07. That squad started 24-0 and finished 34-4. The 34 wins stands as the single-season school record.
• Hatchell has coached her teams to at least 20 wins on 29 occasions in 38 seasons, tied for third-most nationally. Only Pat Summitt (36) and Vivian Stringer (32) have coached more 20-win seasons.
• In addition to her 19 20-win seasons in Chapel Hill, Hatchell teams won 20 or more games 10 times in 11 seasons at Francis Marion.

Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 58.2 points per game and 34.7 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 25 in the nation in steals (1st), blocks (14th) and field-goal percentage defense (24th).

The numbers look even better when adjusted for Carolina's up-tempo style, as the Tar Heels are eighth in the country in points allowed per possession. According to, UNC allows just 0.73 points per opponent possession.

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