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Saturday October 23rd

Womens Basketball

UNC withstands late State rally

North Carolina State began Friday night’s women’s basketball matchup against North Carolina with an assertive 7-0 run. Determined to come back, the No. 11 Tar Heels (16-1, 2-1 ACC) put on a show in the first half of their third ACC matchup this season to eventually oust the Wolfpack 83-76.

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	Cetera DeGraffenreid suffered an 11-point loss to N.C. State last season despite her best efforts, scoring 22 points and dishing out five assists.

UNC seeks redemption against Wolfpack

The North Carolina women’s basketball team has a bitter taste in its mouth. t’s a taste that’s lingered for almost eleven months, and they’re ready to get rid of it. “Remembering them jumping in the middle of the court at the end of the game kind of fuels everything,” senior Jessica Breland said. “I’m ready to play.”

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Breland sparks Tar Heels

Sunday in Carmichael Arena, visiting Nevada-Las Vegas gave the No. 12 North Carolina women’s basketball team the chances it needed to run away with the game early. But even after 31 Rebel turnovers, the Tar Heels were still far from sealing a victory. With less than five minutes left, the 9-0 Tar Heels led by just three. That’s when fifth-year senior Jessica Breland stepped in.

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North Carolina forward Laura Broomfield goes up for a layup against Iowa. The 6-foot-1 junior scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. It was her first double-double this year.

Tar Heels dispose of Iowa in ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home

Despite nearly blowing a 15-point halftime lead, the No. 14 North Carolina women’s basketball team held on to defeat No. 18 Iowa 79-67 Thursday night in Carmichael Arena. Led by 34 points from a dominating performance from senior guard Italee Lucas, the Tar Heels were able to hold off a sharp-shooting but less athletic Hawkeyes team to get the win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Italee Lucas scored 34 points agaisnt the Hawkeyes, making 14-of-21 and six 3-pointers. The guard’s 18.4 points per game average is the team’s best this year.

Senior Italee Lucas leads women's basketball past Iowa

North Carolina needed an answer. As their 20-point lead slowly dwindled to just two, the Tar Heels realized the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes weren’t going away easily. The slow, methodical comeback of the Hawkeyes had left the Tar Heels in a six-minute scoring drought and they needed something to bring them alive.

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UNC's women's basketball defeats Robert Morris

Like many of the nonconference opponents the North Carolina women’s basketball team will take on this season, visiting Robert Morris couldn’t measure up to the Tar Heels in frontcourt size. But while the Colonials managed to keep pace with the Tar Heels in the paint early Wednesday night at Carmichael Arena, it was the superior effort given by UNC’s starting backcourt that put the Tar Heels in front in a 76-47 North Carolina victory.

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North Carolina women's basketball team's balance helps with win

Different parts of the No. 15 North Carolina women’s basketball team struggled in the first and second half of Friday’s game against North Florida. But the other Tar Heels were always there to pick up the slack. UNC’s forwards built a lead in the first half despite sloppy guard play. Then, when the forwards struggled in the second half, the guards put the game out of reach. The Tar Heels beat the Ospreys 110-41.

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UNC women's basketball team dominates in season opener

There was no looking back for the North Carolina women’s basketball team after North Florida took a two-point lead to open UNC’s season Friday. The Tar Heels immediately demanded a change of pace with three sunk free throws and an offensive put-back by sophomore Waltiea Rolle. Within two minutes of tipoff, UNC was en route to an assertive 110-41 victory.

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Chay Shegog defends a club player on the elbow.

Women's basketball team practices with men

When the regular season opens Friday night, the North Carolina women’s basketball team will come across something it hasn’t seen very often at practice: female competition. Considering the Tar Heels’ typical scrimmage opponent has been the UNC men’s club basketball team, that change could make a sizable impact.

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Jessica Breland (51) scored the game’s only double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in her first game since March 2009, missing all of last year battling cancer. Above, Waltia Rolle (left), Breland and Cetera DeGraffenreid prepare for the exhibition game at Carmichael Arena.

Breland leads UNC women's basketball in rout

“She’s back.” Those were the words that boomed over the sound system prior to the start of the North Carolina women’s basketball team’s exhibition opener, as senior Jessica Breland rounded out the starting lineup and met her teammates midcourt.

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Breland leads UNC after battle with cancer

Instead of performing on the court, the senior forward powered through chemotherapy treatments while the rest of her team struggled to a 19-12 record. But this year, that’s behind her. A new Breland returns to the new Carmichael Arena to make an enormous impact on a team that UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell didn’t even call her own.

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Senior Italee Lucas is one of three players on the North Carolina roster who has recorded more than 1,000 points in her collegiate career.

Women starting anew in 2010

It’s a brand-new atmosphere and a brand-new season. And the North Carolina women’s basketball team can’t wait to take advantage of its fresh start. Last year, the team finished with a winning record and an NCAA tournament bid. But the 2009-10 campaign is one nobody on the UNC squad wants to remember.

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	The UNC women’s basketball team unveils its pink uniforms after its introduction at Late Night with Roy.

Late Night with Roy kicks off the season with dancing, skits

Projected on white sheets dangling from the ceiling of the Smith Center on Friday, shadowy images of the North Carolina men’s basketball team preceded player introductions at Late Night with Roy. And to whom did the Tar Heels turn but highly anticipated newcomer Harrison Barnes to lead this year’s squad out of the shadows and onto the court.

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Zags hand UNC women first-round exit

SEATTLE — Senior guard Tiffanie Shives ignited 7-seeded Gonzaga’s offense with a baseline jumper, ending a scoring drought of nearly seven minutes.And for three subsequent minutes, that offense needed only to be composed of her.

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