Baptism by fire for UNC freshmen

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell has certainly been getting her freshmen some big-time game experience, at times without veteran help around them.

For a good stretch of the first few minutes of the second half, Hatchell has employed a three-guard lineup consisting entirely of freshmen -- Italee Lucas, Cetera DeGraffenreid and Rebecca Gray.

While Lucas -- probably the most hyped of the trio -- is having all kinds of problems (she's now 1 for 7 shooting after missing another jump shot badly and had a sloppy turnover right in front of the UNC bench), having the youngsters on the floor hasn't seemed to hurt the Tar Heels overall, as they now hold a 49-44 lead.

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