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Hot Shooting Paces UNC

If Sunday's exhibition game against Athletes in Action is any indication, Barksdale intends to repeat at least one of those accomplishments.

Barksdale, a senior forward, hit 11-of-13 shots from the field, netting 27 points and four 3-pointers to lead the Tar Heels to a 90-66 victory against AIA at Carmichael Auditorium.

Joining Barksdale in a seemingly effortless shooting day was senior guard Juana Brown, who went 10-for-12 and scored 24 points.

As impressive as the duo's performance was, the exhibition was more important for the Tar Heels because they got a chance to see how two players would play.

Sophomore Coretta Brown got the start at point guard while freshman Candace Sutton played center. Both showed UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell promise at their positions.

Brown tallied eight assists while committing two turnovers.

"I feel like I didn't do as well as I would have liked to," said Brown, who scored nine points. "There's a couple things I need to work on before our next exhibition."

Sutton scored seven points, grabbed nine boards and blocked a shot. She also had to sit with 11:52 left in the game after getting her fourth foul.

"Candace did a lot of good things," Hatchell said. "Her presence makes a big difference. She's just going to get better and better. She got three of her fouls trying to block shots."

While UNC had things rolling offensively, it needed some help defensively. The Tar Heels struggled to guard AIA's Crystal Carpenter on the wing. Carpenter was able to sink 5-of-8 3-pointers en route to a 20-point afternoon.

"I know (Carpenter) had a lot of outside shots," Juana Brown said. "That's definitely something we need to work on."

Brown said the Tar Heels needed to improve on their 2-3 zone and press.

UNC's next exhibition game is against Basketball Travelers on Thursday at Carmichael Auditorium.

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