No. 17 UNC hosts NC State Thursday at Dean Dome

Special fan activities scheduled around ACC women's basketball matchup.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina will host Atlantic Coast Conference rival NC State Thursday evening at the Dean E. Smith Center for an intra-Triangle women*s basketball matchup. The No. 17 Tar Heels are 13-2 on the season, 3-0 in the ACC. NC State is 8-6 overall, 2-1 in conference play. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

North Carolina won last year's matchup at the Smith Center in overtime, 83-77, while NC State won the battle in Raleigh, 84-73.

"We have a great rivalry with NC State,* UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "The UNC-NC State game is always a tremendous one, and I*m sure Thursday*s will be the same."

Fans will find plenty to grab their attention off the court, as well.

  • The first 1,000 spectators through the door will receive free mousepads, courtesy of Progress Energy.

  • Fans will have the opportunity to have electronic photos taken in front of a locker room backdrop, courtesy of the NCAA.

  • JJ Jumper, the official mascot of NCAA Basketball, will be in attendance, handing out free t-shirts and trading cards throughout the game.

  • The UNC student group with the most members in attendance will receive a $250 donation to a chosen charity or $250 worth of advertising to promote the group, courtesy of The Daily Tar Heel. Group members should check in at Entry B.

    Tickets to UNC women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. There is no charge for admission for children 12 and under. North Carolina students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their UNC One Cards.

    Tickets may be purchased the evening of the game at the UNC ticket office or in advance by calling (919) 962-2296 or (800) 722-4335.

    Free parking will be available in the Manning and Bowles lots adjacent to the Smith Center.

    Thursday*s game is the first of three that the UNC women will play at the Smith Center this season. The Tar Heels will host Virginia there on Jan. 27 and wrap up the regular season with a nationally-televised Senior Day game against Duke on Feb. 24.

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