Women's hoops update: Beat Duke

Thursday game update, Beat Duke: The Heels travel to Durham for a tough match with sixth-ranked Duke. UNC will need to find a way to control super soph Alana Beard as well as containing the rest of the Duke gang.

UNC leads the series with Duke 36-19, but the Blue Devils have won six of the last seven meetings and seven of the last nine. The Heels come in on a two-game losing streak.

Thursday's game is a matchup of the ACC's highest scoring teams. Duke averages 84.8 points per game and UNC averages 84.3. And scoring is part of the key for the Heels - they are 14-0 when they shoot better than 40%, 12-0 when they score more than 75. Tack on that they are 13-0 when they lead at halftime and you get the picture. Since Duke only has eight players on the squad, Carolina needs to attack quickly and score consistently out of the gate.

The Heels will have the services of Nikki Teasley back. Teasley sat out the last game on a one-game disciplinary suspension.

Sunday game update: The UNC women's basketball program will celebrate Alumni Day on Sunday as the Tar Heels host Virginia for a 2 p.m. game. The game and accompanying festivities will take place at Carmichael Auditorium, not at the Dean E. Smith Center as originally scheduled.

More than 40 former Carolina players are scheduled to attend and special recognition will be given to the teams from 1975, '76, '77 and '78. All former players in attendance will be introduced at halftime.

Tickets to UNC women's basketball games are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge, as are North Carolina students, faculty and staff with UNC One Cards.

A shuttle to Carmichael is available from the Bell Tower lot, which offers ample free parking for all home women's basketball games. The lot is off of South Road, adjacent to the Kenan Football Center. To reach the lot, drive west on South Road and turn left at he second stoplight past Carmichael. Shuttle service begins one hour before tipoff.

UNC plans to honor other classes in the future but welcomes any former players to come back for the festivities.

Sell on fire: UNC signee Jessica Sell leads her conference in every category they track.

She's the NCAC leading scorer at 30.1 points per game, leading rebounder at 14.6 a game, leading in assists with 7.1 a game and leads in free throw shooting at 83.7 percent.

She's been a huge part of the wrecking crew for 12-1 North Marion, who holds the No. 2 spot in the AAA poll. Their only defeat so far? A three-point loss to the top-ranked AA squad.

Games moved: The Virginia game this Sunday and the Duke game on February 24th have moved from the Smith Center back to Carmichael.

McArver Update: Class of '04 recruit Mary Hall McArver appears to have fully recovered from her knee injury and is back on the court for Forestview, wreaking havoc.

In only her third game back, McArver dropped 30 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists to lead her Jaguars squad to the First Charter Holiday Classic title and pick up the MVP award. After six months of not playing, she opened with 11 points, 24 points and then her 30-point outburst.

Forestview lost four games without McArver but is 13-3 and upset then 7th-ranked Hunter Huss last week. The Jaguars are an honorable mention selection in this week's poll.

Atkinson no slouch either: The other UNC signee for 2003, LaTangela Atkinson is tearing it up as well.

Versus Scott Branch last Tuesday, Atkinson posted 24 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as Lee Central won. In the next game on Friday, she recorded 36 points and 12 rebounds to lead her Lady Stallions team to a win over conference foe Central Pageland. Averaging almost 30 points a game, Atkinson has led Lee Central to a 16-1 record thus far.

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