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Sports briefs for November 24


Women's basketball

NORMAN Okla. — Jessica Breland poured in a career-best 31 points Sunday helping the No. 3 North Carolina women's basketball team topple the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners 80-79 in the finals of the Preseason WNIT.

Breland who played 30 minutes for the Tar Heels (5-0) off the bench missed only four of her 18 shot attempts.

The game was in limbo until the final buzzer when Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson missed a potentially game-winning layup as time expired.

UNC freshman Chay Shegog and senior Rashanda McCants joined Breland in double figures netting 12 and 10 points" respectively.

Oklahoma went without an offensive rebound for the game's first 12 minutes.

""I knew rebounding was going to be big" UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell told the Associated Press. They out-rebounded us but only by two. I think we got some big ones when we needed" too.""

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said her team's poor outside shooting — 2-of-17 from 3-point range — proved to be its undoing. North Carolina went 5-of-17 from behind the arc.

""We need to make open shots" Coale said to the AP. When it's a one-point game it can be one rebound it can be one free throw" it can be one 3. It can be a million different things.""

Besides Breland" only two Tar Heels scored in double figures — Chay Shegog with 12 points and McCants with 10.

The Sooners sprinted to a 6-0 with three layups but North Carolina soon took control of the lane thanks to a seemingly unending supply of 6-foot inside players.

The Tar Heels led 27-19 after a putback by Shegog with 6:09 left in the half. Oklahoma rallied within one but two baskets by Breland — short jumpers over Paris who was playing with two fouls — restored North Carolina's lead to five at 32-27. Oklahoma answered by scoring the next nine points and led 37-34 at halftime.



Columbia S.C. — Sophomore Chip Peterson added to the record-breaking weekend for the Tar Heels by demolishing the school record in the 1650-yard freestyle while helping lead the North Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams to decisive victories at Carolina Natatorium in the 2008 Gamecock Invitational.

Peterswon finished in 14:48.86 shattering the record previously held by sophomore teammate Joe Kinderwater.

After the third and final day of competition the Tar Heel men and women finished the meet with commanding first-place finishes.

On the men's side North Carolina scored 1337.5 points followed by South Carolina with 842.5 Duke with 697 East Carolina with 404.5 Syracuse with 368.5 and College of Charleston with 143 points.nering an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Championships.

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