Women end three-game skid, top UVa 79-64

North Carolina women's basketball team ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 15-6 overall, 5-4 in the ACC, with an impressive 79-64 win over Virginia Sunday in Carmichael Auditorium.

The game started off with an early Virginia run that had the Heels trailing 9-4, but the story of the day was Coretta Brown. She scored seven straight Carolina points to put the Heels up by two, and they did not trail for the remainder of the game.

Brown led the way, finishing the game with 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-6 from behind the arc. The junior guard's 13 points at half, shooting lights-out at 80 percent from the field, contributed to the Heels' lead of 11 at the break.

"I felt like we got off to a good start, but the last four minutes of the first half put us in a hole," said Virginia's Debbie Ryan, in her 25th year as the head coach.

The Lady Cavaliers mounted a charge to cut the lead to 46-41 with 14 minutes remaining in the ball game. The lead remained steady at five points for the next three minutes of the ball game.

Nikki Teasley, bothered with a leg injury took leave to the locker room, yet the Heels stretched the lead to 14 by the time Teasley came back out of the locker room with 9 minutes to go in the game. From there on the Heels cruised, leading by as many as 20.

Coach Sylvia Hatchell said after the game, "Pretty simple, we shot the ball better. We were a little more patient."

The Heels as a team shot 54.4 percent, marking the highest total of the ACC regular season. Candace Sutton shot 7-for-12 with 14 points, and Teasley added 10 points, while taking only five shots, along with seven assists in 26 minutes of action.

Teasley did something she has not done all season -- starting at the point guard spot for the Heels. Brown was moved to the two-guard to guard Telisha Quarles, a hot-handed 5-foot-8-inch guard.

"What Nikki does best is pass," said Hatchell. "She's a point. She was trying to make things happen [in the losing streak] rather than wait for them to happen, like she did today.

"I wanted Coretta on Quarles. Our best defense is when Coretta is on the top," said Hatchell on the defensive match-up that limited Quarles to 9-for-20 shooting on the day.

Another Tar Heel who turned in a terrific defensive game was Candace Sutton. Sutton had a career high with six blocks. More impressively, Sutton shut down the four-time ACC Rookie of the Week, Brandi Teamer. Teamer, who notched a double-double in six consecutive games, was held to 11 points and four rebounds by Sutton with a six inch height advantage.

"They were just collapsing down on me," Teamer said.

"We just don't match up with them," Ryan said. "Sutton ended up being tougher than I thought. She was a key."

Brown said about the win, " We need to come out focused. We weren't against Duke. This game we were focused."

"Coretta was comfortable out there today," said Hatchell. "I felt like the changes [moving Teasley to the point and Coretta to the two] helped us out."

The Lady Heels will look to be more focused when they face the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday, Jan. 31 in Cole Field House. UNC's next home game is Feb. 4 against Florida State.




Blue 2-4 3-4 7, Crosswhite 0-5 4-6 4, Teamer 5-13 1-3 11, Quarles 9-20 2-3 23, Prillaman 4-7 0-0 11, O'Reggio 1-4 2-4 4, Logan-Friend 0-0 0-2 0, Grant 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 23-55 12-23 64.


Teasley 3-5 2-2 10, Thomas 4-8 0-0 8, Sutton 7-12 0-0 14, Brown 8-11 2-2 22, Metcalf 2-6 1-2 5, Baptist 1-3 0-0 2, Chambers 1-2 2-2 4, Bell 2-3 0-0 4, McBee 1-5 4-4 6, Laaksonen 1-1 0-0 2, Davis 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 31-57 11-13 79.

Halftime-North Carolina 40-29. 3-Point Goals-Virginia 6-16 (Quarles 3-5, Prillaman 3-6, Blue 0-1, Crosswhite 0-4), North Carolina 6-15 (Brown 4-6, Teasley 2-3, Chambers 0-1, Bell 0-1, McBee 0-1, Metcalf 0-3), Rebounds-Virginia 29 (Quarles 6), North Carolina 34 (Thomas 6). Assists-Virginia 10 (Blue, Crosswhite 4), North Carolina 22 (Teasley 7). Total fouls-Virginia 16, North Carolina 22. A-5,114.

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