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Seniors Waltiea Rolle, Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with coach Sylvia Hatchell
Seniors Waltiea Rolle, Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with coach Sylvia Hatchell
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No. 15 UNC Hosts BC On Senior Night
Release: 02/27/2013
CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina will play its final home game of 2012-13 and honor seniors Krista Gross, Waltiea Rolle and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt Thursday when the Tar Heels host Boston College at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. Carolina is 25-4 on the season and 13-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play following a 68-58 win over rival NC State Sunday afternoon. Boston College is 10-17 (4-12 in the ACC) after a 64-61 home loss to Clemson on Sunday. UNC is ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 17 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. Boston College is unranked.

AT A GLANCE
Records: North Carolina 25-4 (13-3 ACC), Boston College 10-17 (4-12 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches' poll. Boston College is unranked.
TV: ACCDN on YouTube.com/ACCDN. Tom Werme and Chelsea Shine 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

BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina is 7-1 all-time against Boston College, including a 3-1 mark in Chapel Hill.
• Carolina won the first meeting of 2013, an 80-52 decision in Chestnut Hill. That victory was No. 900 for Sylvia Hatchell.
• The Tar Heels also won the last meeting in Chapel Hill, a 77-46 blowout in 2012.

QUICK HITS
• Carolina is second in the nation in steals (13.6 spg). The Tar Heels are 10th in points allowed per opponent possession and 13th in blocks.
• UNC is 8-4 this season when tied or trailing at halftime. The Tar Heels were 9-29 in those situations the previous three seasons
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently second all-time in career coaching wins with 904. Hatchell now trails only Pat Summitt (1,098) on the all-time list after passing Jody Conradt (900) on Feb. 10.
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best six times in 2012-13, with the most recent award coming Feb. 18. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg) and steals (2.1 spg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.5 points per game this season, good for seventh in the ACC. 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 8.5 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 16 UNC 68, NC State 58
CHAPEL HILL (AP) --- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt matched her career high with 24 points to help No. 16 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 68-58 on Sunday. Fellow senior Waltiea Rolle added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (25-4, 13-3 ACC), who beat their nearby rival for the 23rd time in 27 meetings. Ruffin-Pratt and Rolle both came up big during a 7-0 spurt that finally helped North Carolina build a cushion against the Wolfpack (13-15, 5-11), though the Tar Heels had to fight to the final minute to secure the win. Marissa Kastanek scored 17 to lead the Wolfpack, who led by six early after halftime and trailed 54-53 with 6 minutes left before UNC's decisive spurt.


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