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UNC junior center Janelle Bailey (30) dribbles past Clemson University senior guard Chyna Cotton (32). The Tar Heels beat the Tigers 86-72 on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 in Carmichael Arena.

Preview: The three keys to UNC women's basketball getting a win at Duke

As students across Tobacco Road prepare for Saturday's Duke-UNC game, many may be overlooking another rivalry bout between the two schools that's right on the horizon. The North Carolina women’s basketball team will face off against Duke this Thursday, with the Tar Heels (16-6, 7-4 ACC) looking for their third straight ACC victory. Here are three things that UNC can do to overcome the Blue Devils (11-10, 5-5 ACC) in Durham.

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UNC senior guard Taylor Koenen (1) dribbles the ball upcourt during a game against NC State on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. UNC broke N.C. State's undefeated streak with a score of 66-60.

In her final season, UNC women's basketball's Taylor Koenen is writing her own legacy

For the past three and a half seasons, Taylor Koenen has been one of the most consistent players for UNC women's basketball, appearing in over 100 games and amassing over 1000 points, 700 rebounds and 300 assists.  For the players inside the program, her legacy will be built on the type of person she was off the court. Koenen has earned the respect of her teammates through constant professionalism and positivity, helping to keep the team together in the wake of Sylvia Hatchell's departure and has led the team to its best start in years. 

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UNC players on the bench watch the game in worry at N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. UNC eventually lost 68-76.

'Another sixth man': Banghart's energy gives UNC optimism despite loss to N.C. State

Despite UNC’s 76-68 loss to N.C. State on Sunday, the team’s optimism hasn’t wavered, in large part thanks to head coach Courtney Banghart. The Tar Heels have trailed at halftime in their last seven games, and though they’ve only come back to win three times in that stretch, they’ve shown promise. Aside from a 14-point road loss to No. 14 Florida State two weeks ago, UNC hasn't fallen by more than seven points this season. “That’s the team I’ve got, a group of fighters,” Banghart said. “That’s what I expected, and that’s what I got.”

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Head Coach Courtney Banghart yells at the refereee during the game against N.C. State in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. UNC lost to N.C. State 68-76. 2

'Just tough tonight': Frustration with refs overshadows UNC's loss to N.C. State

RALEIGH — Standing in a mostly empty Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday night, Janelle Bailey smiled when asked for her thoughts on North Carolina’s 76-68 loss to rival N.C. State. The Tar Heels came to Raleigh looking to topple the No. 8 Wolfpack for the second time this season. But they left with more frustration toward the game’s referees than toward anything they did too poorly or N.C. State did too well.

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UNC junior center Janelle Bailey (30) passes the ball to a teammate during the Tar Heels' 78-58 victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Carmichael Arena. Bailey finished the game with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

UNC women's basketball rolls with the punches in blowout win over Miami

After riding the high of a europhic win over rival No. 9 N.C. State last week, UNC women's basketball fell back to Earth when it lost to another top-15 opponent in Florida State on Sunday by double digits. But Thursday night against Miami, the Tar Heels stitched up their wounds and hopped back in the ring. They kept fighting, eventually hitting the knockout punch in a 78-58 win over the Hurricanes. 

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UNC's women's basketball coach Courtney Banghart talks with junior center Janelle Bailey (30) during a game against N.C. State on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. UNC broke NC State's undefeated streak with a score of 66-60.

UNC women's basketball comes back down to earth, falls to Florida State 78-64

After an impressive upset win over ninth-ranked rival NC State in Chapel Hill on Thursday night, the North Carolina women’s basketball team (12-4, 3-2 ACC) was unable to secure a second top-25 win in four days when they travelled to Tallahassee to face No. 11 Florida State (15-2, 4-2 ACC). The Seminoles downed the Tar Heels 78-64, outpacing them on the offensive end and shooting a season-best 57 percent while UNC was held to a mere 38 percent shooting.

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UNC senior guard Shayla Bennett (22) dribbles the ball while N.C. State junior guard Kai Crutchfield (3) attempts to block her during the UNC vs. N.C. State game on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Carmichael Arena. UNC won 66-60.

Recap: UNC women's basketball topples ninth-ranked N.C. State, 66-60

For the second straight year, the North Carolina women's basketball team (12-3, 3-1 ACC) upset a top-10 ranked N.C. State team (14-1, 3-1 ACC), this time at home by a score of 66-60. Senior guard Shayla Bennett played all 40 minutes and led the way with 20 points, while senior guard Taylor Koenen added 14 and redshirt senior guard Madinah Muhammad had 13 in the upset win Thursday night.

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