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Round 1: #6 North Carolina 78, #11 Clemson 64
By Orin Day, Publisher
March 3, 2011

Tar Heels Take Care of Pesky Tigers in First Round Nightcap


North Carolina snapped a four game losing streak by knocking off Clemson in the ACC first round nightcap game tonight in Greensboro. The Tigers put up a strong fight but just didn't have enough depth or talent to keep up with the Tar Heels, as the game essentially ebbed and flowed with UNC's hot and cold shooting. Carolina jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 18-8 until the Tigers mounted an 11-2 run to close the gap to 20-19. UNC answered with a 10-0 run of their own, but just when it appeared they had a working margin Clemson mounted a 6-0 run to close the gap to 3. The story was different in the second half as a couple quick baskets gave the Heels a cushion, coasting home with a double digit lead for the last 8 minutes of the game. As usual Carolina used defense to start their offense, scoring 29 points off 25 Clemson turnovers. The Tigers actually won the battle on the boards but couldn't find a solid third scorer past Kirstyn Wright and Kelia Shelton, and that lack of firepower illustrated the difference. Clemson heads back to Tigertown while UNC advances to face #3 FSU in Friday's late game.

Top Performers:

    UNC Italee Lucas: 14 points, 6-12 shooting
  • UNC Cetera DeGraffenreid: 11 points, 8 assists, 6 steals
  • CLEM Kirstyn Wright: 16 points, 3-6 3FG, 10 rebounds, 3 steals

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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
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CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #51 Jessica Breland
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UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland
Link to this Photo Clemson Head Coach Itoro Coleman was calm in the face of a Tar Heel 9-0 opening run
Clemson Head Coach Itoro Coleman was calm in the face of a Tar Heel 9-0 opening run

Link to this Photo It's 9-0 Heels early  - UNC Players: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
It's 9-0 Heels early
 
UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
Link to this Photo First hoop for the Tigers  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright
First hoop for the Tigers
 
CLEM Tags: #10 Kirstyn Wright

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
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CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo Foul on Smith  - CLEM Players: #3 Bryelle Smith - UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Foul on Smith
 
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Link to this Photo Clemson cheerleader
Clemson cheerleader
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #23 Chancie Dunn
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CLEM Tags: #23 Chancie Dunn
Link to this Photo Same Team!  (They lost it out of bounds)  - CLEM Players: #23 Chancie Dunn
Same Team! (They lost it out of bounds)
 
CLEM Tags: #23 Chancie Dunn

Link to this Photo Andrew Calder with words for Breland  - UNC Players: #51 Jessica Breland
Andrew Calder with words for Breland
 
UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright - UNC Tags: #1 She'la White
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CLEM Tags: #10 Kirstyn Wright
UNC Tags: #1 She'la White

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright - UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
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UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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Link to this Photo Tar Heel mascot
Tar Heel mascot
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason - UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland
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CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
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Link to this Photo During the Clemson 12-2 run  - CLEM Players: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo - UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
During the Clemson 12-2 run
 
CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Clemson cuts deficit to three - and a free throw coming  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton
Clemson cuts deficit to three - and a free throw coming
 
CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
Link to this Photo UNC Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell gets a time out
UNC Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell gets a time out

Link to this Photo Missed free throw  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton
Missed free throw
 
CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
Link to this Photo Dunn's jumper made it a one point game  - CLEM Players: #23 Chancie Dunn
Dunn's jumper made it a one point game
 
CLEM Tags: #23 Chancie Dunn
Link to this Photo Tigers miss chance to take the lead  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason - UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Tigers miss chance to take the lead
 
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UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield

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Link to this Photo Broomfield hits  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield
Broomfield hits
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Heels bench cheers a trey from Candace Wood capping their 10-0 run, UNC is up 29-19.
Heels bench cheers a trey from Candace Wood capping their 10-0 run, UNC is up 29-19.

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton - UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
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CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
Link to this Photo Well guarded  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton - UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Well guarded
 
CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Shot didn't fall after Broomfield was fouled  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield
Shot didn't fall after Broomfield was fouled
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield

Link to this Photo Italee Lucas gives the
Italee Lucas gives the "what did I do look" after her push-off of near biblical proportion sent a Clemson player sprawling to the floor
 
UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Shegog hits a 12 footer  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog
Shegog hits a 12 footer
 
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Link to this Photo UNC cheerleader
UNC cheerleader
Link to this Photo Clemson fast break  - CLEM Players: #23 Chancie Dunn
Clemson fast break
 
CLEM Tags: #23 Chancie Dunn
Link to this Photo Heels lead is cut to five  - CLEM Players: #23 Chancie Dunn
Heels lead is cut to five
 
CLEM Tags: #23 Chancie Dunn

Link to this Photo Tate scores over Ruffin-Pratt, Tigers trail by just three  - CLEM Players: #24 Jasmine Tate - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Tate scores over Ruffin-Pratt, Tigers trail by just three
 
CLEM Tags: #24 Jasmine Tate
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Tigers fast break again, Heels lead 39-33  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright - UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Tigers fast break again, Heels lead 39-33
 
CLEM Tags: #10 Kirstyn Wright
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo Foul with :41 left in the half  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Foul with :41 left in the half
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton
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CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
Link to this Photo Coach Coleman is unflappable, heading to the locker room down seven
Coach Coleman is unflappable, heading to the locker room down seven
Link to this Photo UNC started the half by turning over Clemson for a fast break bucket  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
UNC started the half by turning over Clemson for a fast break bucket
 
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Link to this Photo Rejection by Breland  - CLEM Players: #24 Jasmine Tate - UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland
Rejection by Breland
 
CLEM Tags: #24 Jasmine Tate
UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland
Link to this Photo Thomas hits for the Tigers  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas
Thomas hits for the Tigers
 
CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
DWHoops Photo
 
UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid

Link to this Photo Gross heads to the bench  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross
Gross heads to the bench
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo Rejection by Pauldo  - CLEM Players: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo - UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Rejection by Pauldo
 
CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Coach Hatchell not happy
Coach Hatchell not happy

Link to this Photo Coach Coleman calls the Clemson offensive play
Coach Coleman calls the Clemson offensive play
Link to this Photo Foul by Rolle  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton - UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Foul by Rolle
 
CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Action after the whistle  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Action after the whistle
 
CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #32 Kelia Shelton, #10 Kirstyn Wright - UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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CLEM Tags: #32 Kelia Shelton, #10 Kirstyn Wright
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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Link to this Photo Lucas pulls up to hit on the Heels break  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
Lucas pulls up to hit on the Heels break
 
CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
Link to this Photo Clemson mini-mascot
Clemson mini-mascot "The Cub" wishes he could mop the floor with Tar Heels, but at least for his sake the reverse isn't quite happening.
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo - UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland
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CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland

Link to this Photo Shegog finishes  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog
Shegog finishes
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog
Link to this Photo Breland won the Comeback Player of the Year award, and deservedly so  - UNC Players: #51 Jessica Breland
Breland won the Comeback Player of the Year award, and deservedly so
 
UNC Tags: #51 Jessica Breland

Link to this Photo UNC cheerleader
UNC cheerleader
Link to this Photo Waiting for free stuff to be thrown into the stands - there was a ton of it!
Waiting for free stuff to be thrown into the stands - there was a ton of it!

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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
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CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
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CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
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CLEM Tags: #22 Sthefany Thomas
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
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UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid

Link to this Photo DeGraffenreid put on a show as the Heels ran and ran  - CLEM Players: #23 Chancie Dunn, #22 Sthefany Thomas - UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
DeGraffenreid put on a show as the Heels ran and ran
 
CLEM Tags: #23 Chancie Dunn, #22 Sthefany Thomas
UNC Tags: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #22 Cetera DeGraffenreid
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Link to this Photo Waiting to come back in  - CLEM Players: #3 Bryelle Smith
Waiting to come back in
 
CLEM Tags: #3 Bryelle Smith

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #50 Italee Lucas
DWHoops Photo
 
UNC Tags: #50 Italee Lucas
Link to this Photo Starting the Heels fast break  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield
Starting the Heels fast break
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield

Link to this Photo Oops, that's a bit of a carry  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield
Oops, that's a bit of a carry
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Pauldo had a solid game, 9 points and 7 boards in 20 minutes, but the Heels tall trees kept her away from the rim  - CLEM Players: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
Pauldo had a solid game, 9 points and 7 boards in 20 minutes, but the Heels tall trees kept her away from the rim
 
CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
Link to this Photo Heels up by 15 with under two minutes left  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Heels up by 15 with under two minutes left
 
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Link to this Photo Tate gets the shot just over Broomfield's hand  - CLEM Players: #24 Jasmine Tate - UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Tate gets the shot just over Broomfield's hand
 
CLEM Tags: #24 Jasmine Tate
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Wright drives in the final minute  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright
Wright drives in the final minute
 
CLEM Tags: #10 Kirstyn Wright
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright
DWHoops Photo
 
CLEM Tags: #10 Kirstyn Wright

Link to this Photo Rolle fouls  - CLEM Players: #10 Kirstyn Wright - UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle fouls
 
CLEM Tags: #10 Kirstyn Wright
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo Collegial group on the blocks with the game decided  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason - UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield, #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Collegial group on the blocks with the game decided
 
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Link to this Photo One last hoop for the Tigers  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason - UNC Tags: #1 She'la White, #32 Waltiea Rolle
One last hoop for the Tigers
 
CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
UNC Tags: #1 She'la White, #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Coaches shake hands at midcourt
Coaches shake hands at midcourt



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