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DWHoops 2012 ACC Tournament Preview
 
ACC 1st Round: #9 NCSU 74, # 8 FSU 71

ACC 1st Round: #5 UNC 90, #12 Clemson 51
Heels Dismantle the Tigers in Tourney Opener
Published March 1, 2012

By Rob Clough
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UNC avenged their ugly loss to Clemson on their home floor by thoroughly dismantling the Tigers in the first round of the ACC tournament, 90-51. The Heels lost that earlier game because they were outhustled on the boards and made poor decisions on offense. This time around, the Heels broke open what was a close game with outstanding ball movement and relentless effort on the boards, led by Laura Broomfield's 14.. Clemson's lack of experience was exposed in this contest as an efficient and determined Tar Heel club used a variety of lineups to dominate the Tigers, with their relentless fast break sapping the life out of the Tigers. Indeed, the Heels built their 19 point halftime lead when star center Chay Shegog was on the bench with two fouls. For their part, Clemson's downfall could be linked directly to their carelessness with the ball. Weak passes and players not ready to receive the ball led 17 points off turnovers for the Heels in the first half, and things only got worse from there. For the game, the Heels were +19 on the boards and had 24 assists on 33 field goals. Clemson turned the ball over 25 times and put the Heels on the foul line 30 times.

What's Next For Clemson: The Tigers finished 6-22 in year two of Itoro Coleman's reclamation project. After taking a couple of days off after delivering her next baby (coming in just a couple of weeks), I'm sure she'll be back on the recruiting trail. The Tigers will welcome five four-star recruits next year, led by imposing post player Joqnquelle Jones.

What's Next For UNC: The Heels will play #4 seed Georgia Tech, who defeated them by a small margin earlier in the year. If the Heels win that game, they're pretty much an NCAA tournament lock. A loss will leave them looking over their shoulders at results from other conference tournaments.

Top Performers:

  1. Brittany Rountree, UNC: 21 points, 7-10 from three. Her 12 first half points turned a tight game into a laugher midway through the first half.

  2. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, UNC: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists. Her 4 assists to Rountree were pivotal in UNC breaking the game open.

  3. Nikki Dixon: 14 points, 3 rebounds. She was the only Tiger to consistently compete in this game.

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Link to this Photo Opening Tip - The tip of the iceberg of our full tournament photo coverage!  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield
Opening Tip - The tip of the iceberg of our full tournament photo coverage!
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
Link to this Photo Wide open in the paint  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog, #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Wide open in the paint
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog, #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Heels take a 2-0 lead  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog
Heels take a 2-0 lead
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog

Link to this Photo Clemson foul  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield - CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
Clemson foul
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
Link to this Photo Adams got a chance to do more than just cheer in the second half of this blowout  - UNC Players: #24 Whitney Adams
Adams got a chance to do more than just cheer in the second half of this blowout
 
UNC Tags: #24 Whitney Adams
Link to this Photo Clemson was outrebounded 47-28  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - CLEM Tags: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
Clemson was outrebounded 47-28
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
CLEM Tags: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #2 Chelsea Lindsay
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Link to this Photo ACC shoe blimp is back
ACC shoe blimp is back

Link to this Photo T-shirt Gatling gun is also back, not a good thing to be close to!
T-shirt Gatling gun is also back, not a good thing to be close to!
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Shegog got two early fouls and wasn't a factor as the Heels rolled  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog
Shegog got two early fouls and wasn't a factor as the Heels rolled
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players:  Clemson Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo Defensive rebound  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog - CLEM Tags: #34 Natiece Ford
Defensive rebound
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog
CLEM Tags: #34 Natiece Ford

Link to this Photo Referee Joanne Aldrich
Referee Joanne Aldrich
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #2 Chelsea Lindsay
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo 42 points in the paint for the Heels  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
42 points in the paint for the Heels
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo UNC bench  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog, Assistant Coach Trisha Stafford-Odom
UNC bench
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog, Assistant Coach Trisha Stafford-Odom
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo Carolina got their reserves in early  - UNC Players: #5 Shannon Smith
Carolina got their reserves in early
 
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Link to this Photo Unhappy with a call  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell,  UNC Fans
Unhappy with a call
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell, UNC Fans
Link to this Photo Also unhappy with a call  - CLEM Players: Head Coach Itoro Coleman
Also unhappy with a call
 
CLEM Tags: Head Coach Itoro Coleman

Link to this Photo A fun field trip for schoolkids, today was the elementary schools, we'll hear from the middle schoolers tomorrow at 11 AM
A fun field trip for schoolkids, today was the elementary schools, we'll hear from the middle schoolers tomorrow at 11 AM
Link to this Photo Smith for three  - UNC Players: #5 Shannon Smith
Smith for three
 
UNC Tags: #5 Shannon Smith

Link to this Photo Dixon finding her range from behind the arc  - CLEM Players: #21 Nikki Dixon
Dixon finding her range from behind the arc
 
CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Link to this Photo What has gotten into Brittany Rountree? She was 7-11 from distance today after going 5-7 against Duke last Sunday.  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
What has gotten into Brittany Rountree? She was 7-11 from distance today after going 5-7 against Duke last Sunday.
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
Link to this Photo Clemson had 25 turnovers (including this 5 second call) but it seemed more like 40  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
Clemson had 25 turnovers (including this 5 second call) but it seemed more like 40
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players:  Clemson Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo Referee Dennis DeMayo
Referee Dennis DeMayo "waiting for TV"
Link to this Photo Chelsea Lindsey scores in transition  - CLEM Players: #2 Chelsea Lindsay
Chelsea Lindsey scores in transition
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #21 Nikki Dixon
DWHoops Photo
 
CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #21 Nikki Dixon
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo This summed it up for the Tigers  - CLEM Players: #34 Natiece Ford
This summed it up for the Tigers
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
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Link to this Photo Another Clemson foul  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - CLEM Tags: #34 Natiece Ford
Another Clemson foul
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Pettaway seemed to never get going today  - CLEM Players: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
Pettaway seemed to never get going today
 
CLEM Tags: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
Link to this Photo Dixon draws a foul  - UNC Players: #5 Shannon Smith - CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Dixon draws a foul
 
UNC Tags: #5 Shannon Smith
CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Link to this Photo Clemson's defense finally found Rountree  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree - CLEM Tags: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
Clemson's defense finally found Rountree
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
CLEM Tags: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway

Link to this Photo Mason grabs a board in her last college game  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
Mason grabs a board in her last college game
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
Link to this Photo Juggling world record holder Albert Lucas provided the halftime entertainment
Juggling world record holder Albert Lucas provided the halftime entertainment
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Tracey Williams-Johnson
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players:  Clemson Band
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Link to this Photo Broomfield with the swat  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield - CLEM Tags: #2 Chelsea Lindsay
Broomfield with the swat
 
UNC Tags: #33 Laura Broomfield
CLEM Tags: #2 Chelsea Lindsay

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: Mascot The Tiger
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo About to get Shegogged  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog - CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
About to get Shegogged
 
UNC Tags: #20 Chay Shegog
CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo

Link to this Photo Clemson bench during the second half, not much to smile about
Clemson bench during the second half, not much to smile about
Link to this Photo Ruffin-Pratt getting the rejection  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - CLEM Tags: #2 Chelsea Lindsay
Ruffin-Pratt getting the rejection
 
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Link to this Photo Butts turns over Ford  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts - CLEM Tags: #34 Natiece Ford
Butts turns over Ford
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts
CLEM Tags: #34 Natiece Ford
Link to this Photo Dixon on the bounce  - UNC Players: #1 She'la White - CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Dixon on the bounce
 
UNC Tags: #1 She'la White
CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon

Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
DWHoops Photo
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Link to this Photo A little calming down  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts, Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
A little calming down
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts, Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #31 Lindsey Mason
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo At times off-balance shots were the only looks the Tigers got  - CLEM Players: #5 Kelly Gramlich
At times off-balance shots were the only looks the Tigers got
 
CLEM Tags: #5 Kelly Gramlich
Link to this Photo Another swish for Rountree  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Another swish for Rountree
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
Link to this Photo Pettaway gets past the defense  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield - CLEM Tags: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
Pettaway gets past the defense
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - CLEM Players: #12 Quinyotta Pettaway
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Link to this Photo Dixon clanks a fast-break layup  - UNC Players: #5 Shannon Smith - CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Dixon clanks a fast-break layup
 
UNC Tags: #5 Shannon Smith
CLEM Tags: #21 Nikki Dixon
Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield - CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Band
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #33 Laura Broomfield
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #5 Shannon Smith
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
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Link to this Photo Foul on Pauldo  - UNC Players: #24 Whitney Adams - CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
Foul on Pauldo
 
UNC Tags: #24 Whitney Adams
CLEM Tags: #44 Shaniqua Pauldo
Link to this Photo Adams scored two points, both from the stripe  - UNC Players: #24 Whitney Adams
Adams scored two points, both from the stripe
 
UNC Tags: #24 Whitney Adams

Link to this Photo Not a good looking trey  - UNC Players: #24 Whitney Adams - CLEM Tags: #31 Lindsey Mason
Not a good looking trey
 
UNC Tags: #24 Whitney Adams
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Link to this Photo DWHoops Photo  - UNC Players: #4 Candace Wood
DWHoops Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Happy Heels Bench  - UNC Players: #20 Chay Shegog, #21 Krista Gross, #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Happy Heels Bench
 
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Link to this Photo A great day for Rountree who tied the ACC Tournament single game record for three pointers with seven  - UNC Players: #1 She'la White, #11 Brittany Rountree, Assistant Coach Tracey Williams-Johnson
A great day for Rountree who tied the ACC Tournament single game record for three pointers with seven
 
UNC Tags: #1 She'la White, #11 Brittany Rountree, Assistant Coach Tracey Williams-Johnson



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