Deacons Fall At North Carolina 76-56
Feb. 14, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina used a pair of big runs in the first and second halves to claim a 76-56 victory Thursday evening over Wake Forest in Carmichael Arena.
The loss drops the Deacons to 11-14 on the season and 4-9 in the ACC. North Carolina improves to 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the conference.
Junior point guard Chelsea Douglas led the Deacons with 13 points on the night. Her three-pointer in the second half gave her 1,000 pointer in her career. She is the third Demon Deacon to reach the 1,000-point plateau this season, joining seniors Lakevia Boykin and Sandra Garcia.
For North Carolina, freshman Xylina McDaniel led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt finished with 13 and three rebounds.
The Tar Heels won the battle on the glass 39-33 as well as the turnover battle 23-18. Carolina scored 20 points off of the Deacon turnovers and had 40 points in the paint compared to 26 for Wake.
Carolina scored the first six points of the game and eventually pushed the lead out to nine at 22-13 with just over 10 minutes to play in the opening half. The Deacons got within six at 24-18 on a Lindsy Wright lay-up, but North Carolina scored the next 10 points to take a 34-18 lead.
The lead stayed around 16 the rest of the half and grew to as many as 19. The Tar Heels led 43-24 at the break thanks to eight offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points. The Deacs shot 30.8 percent from the floor but had 11 turnovers while Carolina shot over 43 percent and had just seven turnovers.
The teams traded baskets in the early part of the second half but North Carolina went on a 16-0 run over a six-minute span in the second half to put the game out of reach. The Heels led 62-31 with 10:22 left in the game. Prior to that run, Douglas' three-pointer at the 16:21 mark put her over 1,000 points for her career.
The Deacs used a late run in the final minutes to cut the margin down to 18 but Carolina pulled-out a 76-56 victory.
The Demon Deacons will remain on Tobacco Road as they head to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face Duke on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. and the game can be seen on RSN.