The Tar Heels have won 11 of its last 12 games to rise to seventh in both the national polls - Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports Coaches' poll. It's the best ranking for the program since January 2010.
Carolina has won the last 10 meetings with the Demon Deacons dating back to the 2004-05 season, including the last five games in Winston-Salem.
In a pair of victories last week, freshmen Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray averaged 18.0 and 16.0 points, respectively.
Last week, DeShields was the only freshman named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason List. She leads Carolina in scoring at 16.1 points per game, and has been even better in conference play at 18.8 ppg in helping lead her club to a 4-1 record in the ACC.
Wake Forest claimed its first ACC victory of the season on Monday against Clemson, 68-61. Junior Dearica Hamby scored 29 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds in the victory. She leads the ACC in both scoring (21.1) and rebounding (11.2), while teammate Chelsea Douglas is fourth in the league in scoring at 18.4 ppg.
North Carolina returns home to host Syracuse next Thursday, Jan. 30 and then Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2. Both games will be televised on the Regional Sports Network and ESPN3.