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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.
- 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.
- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, UNC: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists. Her 4 assists to Rountree were pivotal in UNC breaking the game open.
- Nikki Dixon: 14 points, 3 rebounds. She was the only Tiger to consistently compete in this game.
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