February 10, 2008

No. 3 Tar Heels Sweep Tech With 75-61 Victory in Atlanta

ATLANTA - It was clear from the start that the Jackets would not allow North Carolina to control today's game from start to finish as they did in Chapel Hill earlier this year. However, the Tar Heels never relinquished the lead after picking it up in the last three minutes of the second half.

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Tar Heels Taking Over

ATLANTA - With 8:34 left to play, this game has reached a critical point. The Tar Heels lead 64-52 and it looks like the Jackets may have run out of answers. They have been relying heavily on the 3-ball with Chioma Nnamaka doing most of the shooting.

At this point, the Tar Heels appear to have taken away Tech's transition game advantage and have forced to Tech to rely completely on the outside jumper.

Tar Heels Respond

ATLANTA - After Tech closed the game up, North Carolina has responded by pushing the advantage back to eight. This battle has turned into a game of streaks. When the Tar Heels get out to a big lead, Tech pushes the game's tempo and is able to close that gap.

However, they have not been able to sustain it. Thus, North Carolina has just responded by bringing the game back into the half court giving them the distinct advantage.

With over 15 minutes remaining, North Carolina leads 53-47.

Carolina Regains Temp

ATLANTA - Alex Montgomery hit a three to open up the second half and bring the Jackets within one.

For the next two minutes, it was all North Carolina after they scored seven straight points to take a 49-41 advantage. The Tar Heels are now playing their style of game, and causing havoc inside the paint once more.

Jackets Close Gap Before Half

ATLANTA - At halftime, North Carolina leads Tech 42-38. After leading by as many as 11, the Jackets forced the pace back up again. By keeping the game in transition, Carolina was not able to use its size advantage at the end of the half.

While North Carolina has the speed and depth to run up and down the floor with Georgia Tech, it is clear that pushing the pace of the game gives the Jackets their best chance at an upset. Before today, North Carolina has won 11 straight games against the Jackets.

The Tar Heels have extra incentive to win today's contest as they could be move up in the polls with a win. Connecticut dropped a close decision to Rutgers earlier this week, and Tennessee will be playing that same Rutgers team tomorrow without the help of Candace Parker. With a Vols loss, the Tar Heels would move into the #1 slot.

Carolina's Run Continues

ATLANTA - The Tar Heels now lead 37-29 with 3:15 to play in the half. North Carolina is now on a 14-4 run with the only Tech points coming on two free throws from Iasia Hemingway and ...

It is clear that North Carolina is making use of their size advantage on offense. As a result, Tech has used more double teams leaving open shots on the perimeter. Needless to say, this has caused a lot of havoc for Tech's halfcourt defense. Look for Tech coach MaChelle Joseph to try and make some adjustments going into the locker room.

Tar Heels Take 1st Lead

ATLANTA - With under six minutes to play, the Tar Heels have the 30-27 lead on the strength of an 11-2 run.

Jackets Lead, Nnamaka Injured

ATLANTA - The Jackets lead 25-21 with just under eight minutes to play. Chioma Nnamaka hit a key three pointer to give Tech a six point advantage before Carolina picked up a bucket before the timeout.

While Nnamaka was able to hit that key three, she landed awkwardly on her left foot and turned her ankle. She is now sitting on the bench, but should return.

Pink Jackets Continue to Lead

ATLANTA - After the first timeout, it is clear that both coaches told their teams that the fast paced game they had played for the first five minutes could not be sustained. Both teams are getting more and more into their half court sets, with fewer transition opportunities.

With Chioma Nnamaka's three pointer, the Jackets have their largest lead at 16-10 with 13:14 to go. The Jackets never led in the rout that occured in Chapel Hill earlier this season, outside of picking up the first bucket of the game.

In today's contest, Georgia Tech is showing their support for breast cancer awareness with a "Think Pink" promotion today. The team is wearing pink jerseys and shorts, while many members of the crowd are donning pink t-shirts.

The score at the second media timeout is now Georgia Tech 17, North Carolina 13 withover 11 minutes to play.

Jackets, Tar Heels Underway

ATLANTA - In the first few minutes of this game, the Jackets and Tar Heels are content with running the floor. There have been many buckets in transition.

With 17:27 left in the first half, the game changed as the Jackets' Janie Mitchell was charged with an intentional foul after fouling Rashanda McCants from behind. With the score being 8-4 in Tech's favor, the intentional foul changed the game as

At the first media timeout, the game finally takes a break and allows everyone to take a collective breather. Georgia Tech leads North Carolina 13-10 with 15:15 to play in the first half.

February 04, 2008

Heels take down Duke with offensive assault

DURHAM, N.C. - Near the end of the first half, the Cameron Crazies -- in an apparent fit of potato chip-inspired trash talk -- regaled North Carolina forward LaToya Pringle with a chant of "Lay's are better!"

But Pringle and No. 3 North Carolina got the last laugh, rolling past ninth-ranked Duke 93-76.

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Final: UNC 93, Duke 76

DURHAM, N.C. - Heather Claytor picked up her fifth foul with 2:41 to go. But not before knocking down a 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer that put UNC up 85-69. More shot-clock beating Carolina work led to an Erlana Larkins layup to make it 89-71 with 90 seconds to go. There was nothing Duke could do to stop the Tar Heels, who leave Cameron with a crucial win. And the Carolina fans got to enjoy a chant of "Heels house!" before hitting the road.

Carolina in full control

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke just absolutely can not stop the Tar Heels in the paint. Whether it's off a rebound or just out of the half-court offense, UNC has had no trouble getting themselves layups, leaving the Blue Devils scrambling to make up scoring ground. The Tar Heels went up by 19 points with four and a half to go in this game. Barring a big Duke run, this game is Carolina's.

Just like Tyler?

DURHAM, N.C. - Erlana Larkins got a big rebound, layup and foul, prompting a chant from the UNC portion of the crowd of "Just like Tyler" -- a reference to UNC men's hoops All-American Tyler Hansbrough. Needless to say, that didn't make the Cameron Crazies very happy, and neither did the fact that Larkins' free throw put UNC up 74-57 with less than seven minutes to go. But Duke will get three free throws in a moment thanks to LaToya Pringle's fourth foul of the game.

UNC still up by double digits

DURHAM, N.C. - Not much has changed here in the last few minutes, save for the chanting back and forth between Carolina and Duke fans, the former mocking the latter's basketball scoring prowess, and the latter mocking the former's choice of academic institutions. Otherwise, it's still UNC by double digits, 70-57 with 7:57 to go.

UNC keeps answering Duke's scoring

DURHAM, N.C. - Wanisha Smith hit a big three for the Blue Devils, who pulled within 10 points of the Tar Heels for the first time since the half. Problem is, even with all of their trapping and pressing, the Blue Devils just can't seem to keep the Tar Heels off the scoreboard. UNC is up 67-55 with 11:30 to go, and it's going to take an all-out defensive blitz -- assuming Duke hasn't already exhausted that option -- to cut into the advantage.

Pringle, Heels in control

DURHAM, N.C. - LaToya Pringle is a one-woman wrecking crew for the Tar Heels right now, and she is all over the glass. Pringle just got a rebound and layup -- and now has 18 points -- to put the Tar Heels up 59-45 almost five minutes into the second half. While the Blue Devils have managed to keep Erlana Larkins somewhat in check, controlling both of UNC's forwards seems to be a bit too much to ask at the moment. If that keeps up, Carolina is going to pull away even farther than this.

Halftime: UNC 48, Duke 38

DURHAM, N.C. - Theoretically, things could be worse for Duke than the 10-point deficit they currently have to North Carolina. But when you consider that the Blue Devils' success so far this season has come from the fact that opponents are averaging 55 points per game against them, it certainly doesn't bode well that Carolina has 48 at half.

More specific number than that will have to wait, as we just learned that the stats program went down, so no halftime box scores for us writer types. Oh well. The bottom line is the Blue Devils have to figure out how to stop the Tar Heels from scoring, or the UNC lead is only likely to grow larger in the second half.

Ow! My ears....

DURHAM, N.C. - My left ear has been ringing for two days, and you know what's not helping? The girl sitting behind me who screams her head off every time Erlana Larkins touches the ball for UNC. Either the Tar Heels have to stop passing inside or this girl's vocal cords have to give out. Otherwise I might not make it. Of course, the Crazies have plenty else to yell about, since the Blue Devils have cut the Carolina lead to 37-35 with three and a half minutes to go in the first.

Low blow from UNC fans

DURHAM, N.C. - Gotta give the Carolina fans on hand credit, they're giving the Cameron Crazies a run for their money. But the Tar Heel faithful took a bit of a cheap shot with Abby Waner at the line, starting a chant of "Greg Paulus" -- Duke's starting point guard, who also just happens to be Waner's ex-boyfriend. Hey, it's a rivalry. I guess all bets are off. Just for the record, Waner nailed both free throws, but UNC leads by seven with under six to go.

Waner hit and miss, but the game is close

DURHAM, N.C. - If Waner was having trouble with her offense, she sure knew how to fix it -- with defense. Waner stole a UNC pass, went to the other end for a layup and drew a foul from Heather Claytor to cut the Carolina lead to four with 10 minutes left. Two possessions later, it was Keturah Jackson who got the layup to tie the game at 25. So what does Carolina do to answer? A pair of 15-footers from Jessica Breland. Of course, in between those, Waner missed an ill-advised 26-foot shot, so maybe she's not out of the woods just yet. Either way, it looks like this game is just going to go back and forth all night.

Gray splashes one from deep for UNC

DURHAM, N.C. - Man, things are tough for Blue Devils guard Abby Waner, who can't seem to buy a bucket. She shot a three that would've put Duke up two points, but it made two full trips around the rim before finally sneaking out. The rest of the Blue Devils, though, have managed to answer most of UNC's buckets.

Of course, they might have a tough time matching the shot UNC's Rebecca Gray just made, a 25-footer to put the Heels up 22-16 with 11:44 to go in the half.

UNC starts off hot

DURHAM, N.C. - It's a brisk start to this game with both teams scoring quickly and often. But the Tar Heels were the ones who jumped out to an early 13-6 lead, prompting a Duke timeout. Both teams seem focused on going inside, so we'll see which one succeeds more.

Tar Heels, Blue Devils renew rivalry

DURHAM, N.C. - While the college basketball world eagerly awaits the Duke-North Carolina men's game on Wednesday in Chapel Hill, the 2008 version of the rivalry between the two schools tips off tonight here at Cameron Indoor Stadium between the UNC and Duke women's teams.

Not that there's any pressure on the third-ranked Tar Heels (19-2, 6-0 in the ACC) or No. 9 Blue Devils (16-5, 5-1), but for the last seven years, the team that has won the first game in the matchup has swept the season series. Carolina comes into the game as winner of 10 of its last 11, while Duke has won three of its last four, the lone loss to Tennessee.

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January 26, 2008

Pringle, Larkins carry UNC to 2 OT win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - LaToya Pringle wasn't going to let a bloody lip stop her.

The North Carolina forward took a shot in the face in the second half, requiring her to change jerseys, but came back to finish with a career-high 31 points that propelled the third-ranked Tar Heels to a 97-86 double-overtime win against No. 4 Maryland.

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UNC wins double-OT thriller

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - It took longer than they would have hoped, but the Tar Heels got the big win they needed against ACC foe Maryland. Finally wearing down the Terps in overtime and depleting their frontcourt, North Carolina came away with a 97-86 win in double overtime.

LaToya Pringle had a huge rebound and layup with 1:50 to go to put UNC up 87-82. After a Maryland score, the Heels got the ball again and ran most of the shot clock before an Erlana Larkins layup made it 89-84 with 1:05 to go. Two more Pringle free throws forced the Terps to start fouling and sealed the game.

Second overtime coming in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Hey, everyone have fun in overtime? Great, let's play another. Kristi Tolliver couldn't get a contested jumper anywhere near the basket following a possession where UNC tied the game on a Rashanda McCants layup after Cetera DeGraffenreid came up with a loose ball. So we're on to overtime No. 2 tied at 79.

No separation in overtime

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - We've got less than two minutes to go in the extra period, and we're still going back and forth. Laura Harper just fouled out for the Terps, and LaToya Pringle is at the line to try to give UNC the lead back. This might come down to the last possession.

Terps, Heels going to OT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - You usually don't see a center running the break, but Erlana Larkins did it for Carolina. Larkins led broke out and dished to fellow frontliner LaToya Pringle, who got the layup and the foul. Her free throw tied the game at 71 with 46.5 seconds to go. At the other end, UNC's Jessica Breland swatted Marissa Coleman and the Tar Heels had the ball with 18.3 seconds on the clock.

But Rashanda McCants missed a three and Pringle's follow rolled out, so we're headed for some bonus basketball.

UNC, Maryland tied with under five to go

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Carolina retook the lead on a Cetera DeGraffenreid baseline jumper, but the thrill for the fans was shortlived as Kristi Toliver finally found her shooting stroke and buried a 3-pointer to put Maryland up 64-62. Still, the Tar Heels weren't done going inside. Erlana Larkins got a rebound and drew a foul -- the fourth on Laura Harper -- hitting both free throws to tie the game. Everything's pointing to a great finish here.

Heels cut into Maryland lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The crowd is getting fired up here as the Tar Heels try to overcome the hole they dug themselves against the Terrapins. After the TV timeout, Erlana Larkins will be heading to the line for UNC, which trails 61-59. Suddenly it's Carolina that's being aggressive on the glass, playing their way back into the game with offensive rebounds and the odd 3-pointer.

Pringle changes jerseys

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fans here might have noticed something different about LaToya Pringle when she returned to the game after several minutes on the bench. Instead of wearing her usual No. 30 jersey, Pringle is clad in No. 55 now after getting blood on the jersey she started the game with.

The Tar Heels could certainly use her help. Maryland is torching them on the glass right now and holding a 57-50 edge.

Maryland on a roll inside

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Terrapins are on a crazy roll of and-ones, much to the chagrin of the Carmichael Auditorium crowd. Ever since Laura Harper's rebound and make, the Terps have gotten strong inside and the Tar Heels haven't been able to stop them. As such, Maryland has gone from not being able to take a lead to going up 52-46 on Carolina with 12:49 to go.

Terps take first lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland coach Brenda Frese probably likes what she's seeing right now watching TV back in College Park. Laura Harper just got a layup and drew a foul (she missed the free throw) to give Maryland its first lead of the game, 46-44 less than six minutes into the second half.

Langhorne picks up third foul

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The good news for Maryland is that the UNC lead is only one point, but the bad news is that there are now three fouls on center Crystal Langhorne. Having her available will be crucial for the Terps if they want to stop the Tar Heels from scoring inside. That's been Carolina's strength in this game so far and could be a way for them to try to reestablish a lead with Langhorne on the bench.

Coleman leads Terps run before half

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland's Marissa Coleman had quite an exciting end to the first half, scoring seven straight points from the Terps, including a 3-pointer after which she jawed a bit at the Carmichael Auditorium crowd. That helped the Terrapins tie the game at 33 before the Tar Heels responded and went to the locker room with a 37-33 lead.

Carolina enjoyed most of its success inside, scoring 12 of its 17 field goals in the paint. Erlana Larkins and LaToya Pringle combined to shoot 9 for 13 for 18 points. Coleman's 13 points lead the Terps.

This time refs draw Hatchell's ire

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - If Sylvia Hatchell was mad at her team before, she looked even more angry with the officials after a blocking call against the Tar Heels. Hatchell came about as close as you can to a technical foul without actually getting one, ranting and gesticulating wildly up and down her bench while barking at the official who made the call. She's probably also not that happy with the fact that her team followed that with a bad shot and sent Crystal Langhorne to the line at the other end, where she will try to cut into Carolina's 31-24 lead so the Terps can make a push in the final 3:40 of the first half.

Hatchell is unhappy

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell just called timeout and was screaming at her team before it even hit the sidelines. She's got good reason, too. The Tar Heels are being careless with the basketball and having trouble defending the Terps, who have cut the Carolina lead to three with eight minutes to go in the half.

Tar Heels build on lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - So far things are going according to plan for North Carolina, which has led by 10 twice and now holds a 20-12 lead over Maryland with 11 minutes to go in the first half. Were it not for some turnovers -- always a problem for the Tar Heels -- their advantage could be even bigger.

UNC doing work inside vs. Terps

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - While North Carolina has been forcing Maryland turnovers early, it's not the Heels' transition game that's getting it done for them offensively. Before a Rashanda McCants 3-pointer that made it 11-3, Carolina was scoring with a heavy dose of power in the paint from LaToya Pringle and Erlana Larkins.

And whenever Larkins draws a double-team it leaves someone else open for UNC, which has taken advantage of that well on the way to a 13-5 lead six minutes into the game.

Maryland, Carolina in ACC showdown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After traveling to Connecticut to take on the nation's No. 1 team, North Carolina gets a break, right? Nope. The No. 3/4 Tar Heels merely get another top-five matchup, hosting No. 4/3 Maryland at Carmichael Auditorium.

Neither of these squads has lost in conference play, though the teams' combined three losses (two of which are UNC's) have come against top-five competition. The Terps don't have head coach Brenda Frese with them, who is pregnant and only coaching home games at the moment, but this should still be quite a showdown.

The Terps are looking to extend their 12-game winning streak, while the Tar Heels are hoping some home cooking will help them bounce back from the loss to UConn.

January 21, 2008

Wow! UConn Is Really Good

STORRS, Conn. - For Connecticut, this game started when only 20 of 40 minutes remained.

The No. 1 team in the land stayed that way with an incredible come-from-behind, 82-71, victory in front of 10,167 screaming fans at Gampel Pavilion.

A come-from-behind victory when they beat No. 3 North Carolina by 11? Explain...I was going to.

Coincidentally, the Tar Heels were up by that same 11-point margin at halftime, absolutely wiping the floor with the Huskies in the first half, only to shy away from their increased intensity in the second stanza.

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UConn Is Still The One

STORRS, Conn. - It's all over here in Storrs and Connecticut did the job. They came all the way back from an 11-point halftime deficit to stun the No. 3 Tar Heels, 82-71.

Junior guard Renee Montgomery looked like the star in the stat sheet, and deservedly so, scoring 26 points and hitting six huge threes, but the real star tonight for Connecticut was Charde Houston.

Houston may have only scored 15 points, but 13 of them came in the decisive second half when Connecticut made the run that would ultimately win them the game.

The emergence of Houston has got to make coach Geno Auriemma happy, as he's been waiting all season for Houston to break out of her funk.

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Oh Yeah, UConn and UNC

STORRS, Conn. - This is what I'm talking about.

If you have to drive three hours to Storrs, this is the kind of game you hope for.

The score is 74-71 Connecticut with three minutes remaining and it is pandemonium here.

With each basket, each foul and non foul, each bad call and each good call the crowd and the benches are on their feet. This is good basketball, I don't care who you are.

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Heading Home

STORRS, Conn. - We're headed for the home stretch with the Huskies holding a four-point advantage.

Charde Houston has been the story of the second half for Connecticut, with eight points in the half and 10 for the game, the senior has helped her team not only come back from an 11-point deficit, but take a solid lead.

Renee Montgomery as well has been spectacular in the second half, visibly taking over as she realizes her team needs her to step up.

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Houston In Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. - Where has she been?

Charde Houston has been all but invisible this season for the Huskies. She is being seen - and heard - now.

The senior has scored UConn's last six points and has eight on the night and UConn has opened up a 57-53 lead with under 12 minutes remaining.

After another Maya Moore bucket, it's now 59-53. Carolina looks lost after having such a dominant opening half.

Oh Renee

STORRS, Conn. - There is a good game brewing in Storrs.

Sloppy play from North Carolina to start the second half has allowed Connecticut - did you expect anything else? - to come back into this game and with just under 17 minutes remaining the Huskies have made it a four-point game at 47-43.

Lorin Dixon has been playing a lot of the point for the Huskies in Thomas' absence, allowing Renee Montgomery to move freely without the ball and get open for shots. Montgomery is making this strategy look good with a game-high 14 points.

Tar Heels Need More Of The Same

STORRS, Conn. -

We are at halftime at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels hold an 11-point 44-33 advantage.

Maybe Connecticut misses Mel Thomas more than some think. The senior is out for the season, along with Kalana Greene, with a torn ACL and the Huskies are feeling the affects.

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December 02, 2007

No. 1 Tennessee hangs on against UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee held on for a 83-79 win over No. 4 North Carolina after almost letting a double-digit lead evaporate over the closing minutes.

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Lady Vols survive crazy finish

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- It was a crazy finish, but No. 1 Tennessee held on to a late lead for the 83-79 win over No. 4 North Carolina despite fouling UNC's Aaron Gray on a 3-point shot with five-seconds remaining.

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UNC run gets them back in the game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Just as it looked like Tennessee would cruise to a double digit win over No. 4 North Carolina the Tar Heels have made a run scoring nine straight points to cut the lead to 74-72. The Lady Vols have turned the ball twice during their three minute scoreless sterak and have missed multiple layups.

Scoreless drought for Tar Heels

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina has gone on a four minute scoreless drought as No. 1 Tennessee holds a 74-61 lead. Tennessee led 62-61 with 10:38 remaining, but has used free throw shooting and Tar Heel turnovers to build their lead.

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Turnovers costly for UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- North Carolina's turnovers helped Tennessee have a late comeback in last year's Final Four and their allowing the Lady Vols to stretch the lead tonight.

The Tar Heels have turned the ball over four times in the last two minutes helping UT build a 71-61 lead.

UNC continues to dominate the boards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina has used strong play on the boards and a few questionable calls to cut the Tennessee lead to 60-57.

The Tar Heels already have over 20 offensive rebounds and have 24 second chance points. The referees have called a few questionable charge calls that haven't made the Lady Vol fans happy and they're letting them know it.

Lady Vols stretch the lead to double digits

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker has four quick points in the opening part of the first half and No. 1 Tennessee has stretched their two-point halftime lead to 10 against No. 4 North Carolina.

Parker scored twice in the paint then Alex Fuller made a spin move in the post for a hook shot to bring the lead to double digits. UT leads 55-45.

Four fouls for Anosike

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Forward Nicky Anosike picked up her fourth foul of the game less than two minutes into the second half. She was the primary defender on North Carolina forward Erlana Larkins who has 16 points.

The Lady Vols lead 51-45 with 18 minutes remaining.

UNC dominant in the paint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina used strong play down low to tie the game for much of the first half against No. 1 Tennessee, but a late layup from Alex Fuller gave the Lady Vols a 42-40 halftime lead.

UNC has 32 of its 40 points inside the paint, including 16 off second chance opportunities.

Tennessee jumped out to an eight-point lead with six minutes remaining, but a late UNC run helped close the gap. Forward Erlana Larkins's 11 pointsand eight rebounds leads UNC.

Alexis Hornbuckle has led the way for UT with 15 points and five rebounds in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting. All-American Candace Parker has struggled early on going 2 of 8 from the field for 6 points. Parker got off to a quick start scoring four points in the opening minutes, but struggled the rest of the way.

On a side note the Lady Vols public relations program just had a talent contest to give away a cruise to a Tennessee student and the winner made a really catchy "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" remix about the Lady Vols team. The crowd loved it and put Thompson-Boling arena in the Christmas spirit.

Things to watch for in the second half: Tennessee on the boards- The Lady Vols were outrebounded 30-21 in the first half. If Tennessee is going to pull off the win they will have to improve their play down low.

Player to watch: Alexis Hornbuckle- The senior guard shot 75 percent from the field and seemed to provide Tennessee with a spark while other players struggled. She'll need to continue to score if Parker can't find the bottom of the net.

Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- North Carolina fans started to chant "Oompa Loompa" while 5-2 Tennessee point guard Shannon Bobbitt was shooting free throws. Maybe they don't realize that their freshman guard Cetera DeGraffenreid is no taller than 5-4. The Lady Vols have jumped out to a 29-22 lead after a 8-0 run.

Back and forth battle in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee and No. 4 North Carolina have come out running early on as the Tar Heels hold an early 19-18 advantage. The lead has shifted back and forth multiple times, but it's been the Tar Heels dominance in the paint that has given them the lead.

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UNC goes for revenge against Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-No. 4 North Carllina will be looking to avenge a Final Four loss last season as they travel to Knoxville to face No. 1 Tennessee. The Tar Heels won the regular season matchup between the two teams 70-57, but couldn't hold on to a big lead in the national semifinal game as they fell 56-50.

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November 11, 2007

Carolina pulls away for win vs. ASU

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- As the second half started, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell could be heard above the noise of the Smith Center crowd as she implored her team to play better defense than it did in the game's first 20 minutes.

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Tar Heels taking control late

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The wheels are starting to fall off of Arizona State. There might not be any further proof needed than the fact that they just forgot entirely to guard Erlana Larkins.

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Heels coming together, Devils struggling

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It seems like every time the Sun Devils hit a big 3-pointer to cut Carolina's lead to a point, something happens to the Tar Heels, and they respond by remembering how to make good passes and play together on offense -- something that wasn't happening very much in the first half.

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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.

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Carolina has slight edge at half

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Tar Heels had worked their way to a double-digit lead briefly in the later moments of the first half, but Arizona State kept pushing back and trailed by just a point, 43-42, at halftime.

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Random sights and sounds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- What else is there to do during the final television timeout of the first half other than watch what's going on around you? Not much, really. Luckily, there are a few funny things going on.

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Back and Forth

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Even though it's the Tar Heels who are known for running the floor with the best of them, the Sun Devils are giving UNC a taste of its own medicine.

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Carolina big early on boards

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina started its scoring with a Heather Claytor 3-pointer, but since then, most of the Tar Heels work has been inside.

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Tar Heels, Sun Devils set for showdown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Smith Center has seen plenty of great games as the home to the North Carolina men, but it's going to be quite a showing of women's basketball here today with four ranked teams squaring off. Things get started with No. 12 Arizona State taking on the host Tar Heels, who are ranked seventh.

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