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Heels Entertain Coastal Carolina Thursday
Release: 11/20/2013
CHAPEL HILL - No. 12/12 North Carolina plays host to Coastal Carolina on Thursday at Carmichael Arena at 6 p.m.

The two clubs will square off for the ninth time in the last 10 years. UNC has won the previous 15 meetings over the Chanticleers, including a 10-0 mark at Carmichael.

Last season, 19th-ranked Carolina held Coastal under 27 percent shooting in a 75-49 win in Conway, S.C. Erika Johnson made her UNC debut, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds.

The Tar Heels, 2-1 on the young season, went out west last weekend and brought home a 78-68 win over UCLA on Sunday. Coupled with a solid effort against No. 4 Tennessee earlier in the week, Carolina remained No. 12 in the AP poll, but moved up two slots in the USA TODAY Coaches' poll to No. 12.

Freshmen reserve guards Allisha Gray and Jessica Washington were the difference makers in allowing UNC to garner a key road win over the Bruins. The two combined for 46 of the clubs 49 bench points. Gray scored 30 points, while Washington tossed in 16 points - season high point totals for both players.

Gray was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday after posting two double-doubles. She began the week with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Lady Vols, before exploding for 30 points and 10 boards against UCLA. Gray is the second-leading freshman scorer in the ACC at 19.3 points per game.

Her 30-point effort is tied with Wake Forest's Chelsea Douglas, who did it at Delaware, for the most points scored in the league thus far. Gray's six three-pointers and 8-for-8 free throw performance against UCLA are also tied for the best figures thus far in the ACC.

As a team, North Carolina leads the conference in turnover margin at +6.7, forcing an average of 22.7 turnovers per game.

Fans can contribute to the US Marine Corps Reserve TOYS FOR TOTS campaign at the next three games against Coastal Carolina, Coppin State and Nebraska. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Carmichael Arena and it will be donated to the more than 7,000 children in Orange County living in low-income households. For more information, visit

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