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Thursday October 28th

Womens Basketball

Despite combining for only 11 fouls in the first half" the physical play between the Tar Heels and Boilermakers defined the game from the onset.

Physical play spells defeat for Tar Heels

CHATTANOOGA Tenn. — North Carolina usually has a lightening-fast style of play thanks to its trademark breakneck pace. But Monday's second-round NCAA loss to Purdue will be remembered more for the thunderous blows taken on both ends of the court.

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W. Basketball: Heels' season ends sooner than hoped

In 2006 North Carolina lost in the Final Four. Ditto in 2007. In 2008 the Tar Heels fell just short falling 56-50 to LSU in the Elite Eight. The bar had been set high for 2009's postseason and though UNC put together what would be considered an excellent season for virtually any other program in the country (28-7 11-5 ACC) coach Sylvia Hatchell said her squad failed to reach its preseason expectations.

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North Carolina senior Heather Claytor" who started last year amassed a season-high 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting in 20 minutes against UCF.

W. Basketball: Claytor's improved play key for win

CHATTANOOGA Tenn. — Losing minutes can be disappointing. For Heather Claytor a senior in the final stretch of her career it must feel even worse. She was a key reserve in North Carolina's rotation earlier in the season but saw her playing time slump in the past 10 games. In the Tar Heels' last loss against Maryland she barely even got off the bench playing less than a minute.

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Despite picking up two fouls in the game?s last 10 minutes" forward Jessica Breland provided a defensive presence for the Tar Heels with a UNC-high five blocked shots. She also recorded nine rebounds and 17 points.

W. Basketball: On to round 2

CHATTANOOGA Tenn. — With 1:31 remaining in the first half of North Carolina's first-round NCAA contest coach Sylvia Hatchell signaled for a timeout. Her third-seeded Tar Heels led the 14th-seeded Knights of Central Florida by just five points.

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Senior Alex Miller stands with her parents as the UNC seniors are honored before the Tar Heels? win against Miami. Miller" a fifth-year senior played in 18 games this season before sitting with an injury.

W. Basketball: Senior night triumph

On North Carolina's first possession of its win against Miami on Thursday senior Iman McFarland found herself all alone on the right block. Luckily for her fellow senior Rashanda McCants found her as well. And McCants whipped the ball to McFarland for the first two of the game.

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UNC sophomore Cetera DeGraffenreid continued her role as UNC?s ?quarterback? and finished with 14 points and four assists Monday.

Tar Heels shine late against in-state rival

RALEIGH — Though North Carolina never trailed Monday night a pesky N.C. State team just refused to go away. Eventually Cetera DeGraffenreid and Jessica Breland made them. Despite numerous N.C. State scoring runs and an evenly matched rebounding game UNC put some distance on the scoreboard when Breland scored five points down the stretch and DeGraffenreid hit 12 second-half free throws.

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Sophomore point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid lays in two of her team-high 22 points on Sunday

W. Basketball: Jackets dusted

In a matchup that pitted the ACC's top-scoring offense against its stingiest defense the North Carolina women's basketball team worked through a forgettable first half to cruise to a 73-50 victory against Georgia Tech.

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W. Basketball: Heels to face Duke without past stars

North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell has faced Duke 53 times in her career racking up 28 victories. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie who came to the Blue Devils before the 2007-08 season hasn't had exactly parallel success against the Tar Heels.

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UNC sophomore Italee Lucas scored a career-high 27 points in Thursday?s game against Wake Forest" 17 in the second half.

W. Basketball: UNC back on track with victory

It wasn't particularly pretty but after three consecutive losses the North Carolina women's basketball team finally put another notch in the win column taking a 77-66 decision from ACC foe Wake Forest. And for at least one Tar Heel" it came just in time. ""Jessica (Breland) told me yesterday" ‘I'm ready to win again  ‘cause I don't like practices the way they are""" UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said.

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