Carmichael Auditorium, Chapel Hill, NC
The one and two seeds of the ACC face off in this regular season finale. The Tar Heels, who are currently on an eight game winning streak since losing to Duke on Jan 24th 102-82, seek to ruin the Blue Devils' perfect season. Duke and UNC are also the number one and two scoring teams in the ACC.
Similar to previous games, the play of guard duo Teasley and Coretta Brown will be vital to Carolina's success. During the Heels win streak, Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell moved Teasley back to her point guard slot, and slid Coretta over to the two guard. This change has helped tremendously.
Over the last eight games Brown has averaged 19.5 PPG, which pushed her to third in the conference in scoring at 16.4 PPG. Meanwhile Teasley, who looks comfortable at the point, is second in the conference in assists. These two will have to keep up their great play if the Heels have a chance against the favored Blue Devils.
However, the biggest key to the game can be said in three words: "Stop Alana Beard."
The 5-11 sophomore Pre-season All-American guard is arguably the best player in the country. In their first meeting, she torched the Tar Heels for 31 points and 8 rebounds. The stats Beard has put up this season rival anything ever done in ACC basketball, men's or women's.
She leads the ACC in four statistical categories (Scoring, Field goal pct., assists and steals) and her team in 10 statistical categories. If the Tar Heels are to have any chance at knocking off the Devils, they must find a way to contain Beard, and make her teammates beat them.
After Carolina's defeat at Cameron Indoor on Jan. 24th, Coach Hatchell said "They are a great team and we learned a lot from tonight. We look forward to them coming to Chapel Hill."
This will be the 57th meeting between the two 15-501 rivals. North Carolina leads the overall series 36-20, however Duke has won seven of the last eight contests.
Probable Starters No. Name Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG RPG APG 41 Michele Matyasovsky 6-1 Jr. F 6.3 3.8 0.8 33 Iciss Tillis 6-4 So. F/C 15.2 8.4 2.7 25 Monique Currie 6-0 Fr. G/F 15.0 5.8 2.2 20 Alana Beard 5-11 So. G 18.8 6.2 5.1 12 Vicki Krapohl 5-5 So. G 4.7 2.3 2.7 Key reserves No. Name Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG RPG APG 3 Sheana Mosch 5-10 Jr. G 9.9 3.7 2.6 31 Wynter Whitley 6-2 Fr. C 7.2 4.6 0.8 21 Krista Gingrich 5-9 Sr. G 5.5 1.5 2.7