Minnesota preview

The Tar Heels face a tough Minnesota squad tonight, led by All-American Lindsay Whalen, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. at Carmichael Auditorium and will be televised by ESPN2.

Minnesota (22-7) at North Carolina (25-8)
Carmichael Auditorium
6:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN2
Radio: (Listen Live)

Gameday Links:
Raleigh N&O -- Heels focusing on Whalen
Durham H-S -- UNC women's game could get physical
TarHeelBlue -- Game Notes
Minn. Star-Tribune -- Gophers, Tar Heels prepare for battle of guards
Pioneer Press -- Carolina lobbies for big crowd
Pioneer Press -- Whalen was slick on ice, too
GopherSports -- Golden Gophers Prepare for NCAA Tournament in North Carolina

Probable Starting Lineup:
Lindsay Whalen (5-8, So., G) 21.9 pts, 5.2 ast
Lindsay Lieser (5-10, Jr., G) 8.8 pts, 41% 3pt
Corrin Von Wald (5-9, Jr., G) 12.0 pts, 6.0 reb
Kadidja Andersson (5-11, So., F) 10.7 pts, 4.9 reb
Janel McCarville (6-2, Fr., C) 13.2 pts, 7.9 reb

Key Reserves:
Kim Prince (6-2, Jr., C) 7.3 pts, 3.8 reb
Leslie Hill (5-10, So., F) 2.6 pts, 2.0 reb
Kim Bell (6-7, Sr., C) 1.9 pts, 1.4 reb
Ebba Hemberg (5-6, So., G) 1.6 pts, 0.9 reb

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From UNC Athletic Communications ...

Tipoff: UNC in the 2002 NCAA Second Round
After topping Harvard 85-58 Saturday in a first-round game, the University of North Carolina women's basketball team (25-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) will host Minnesota (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) Monday in a second-round game. North Carolina is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and Minnesota is the No. 5 seed.

Minnesota, ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll and 22nd in the coaches' poll, advanced with a 71-54 win over UNLV on Saturday.

Tipoff at Carmichael Auditorium is 6:36 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN2.

NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill
First round games: Saturday, March 16
No. 5 seed Minnesota 71, No. 13 seed UNLV 54
No. 4 seed North Carolina 85, No. 13 seed Harvard 58
Second round game: Monday, March 18
6:36 p.m.: Minnesota vs. North Carolina (ESPN2)
All games at Carmichael Auditorium (Cap. 10,180)

On the air
Monday's game will air live on ESPN2 as part of the station's coverage of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Tipoff is 6:36 p.m. Dave Ryan will be the play-by-play announcer and Krista Blunk will provide color commentary.

Monday's game also will be broadcast locally on radio. It will air on the Tar Heel Sports Network, of which the flagship station is 1360AM-WCHL. Stephen Gates is the Tar Heels' play-by-play announcer and Jones Angell will provide color commentary.

Tickets
NCAA single-game tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available through the UNC ticket office (919-962-2296, 800-722-4335) or at the door.

Quick facts on UNC
2001-02 Record 25-8 (11-5 ACC)
Current Rankings 16th A.P., 16th USA Today/ESPN
Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell (Carson-Newman, 1974)
Career Record 601-248 (in her 27th season)
Record at UNC 329-168 (in her 16th season)
Assistant Head Coach Andrew Calder
Assistant Coaches Tracey Williams, Sylvia Crawley
Team captains Coretta Brown, Courtney Chambers, Jennifer Thomas
UNC ticket office (919) 962-2126, (800) 722-4335

News of note

  • UNC's Sylvia Hatchell earned her 600th victory as a head coach on March 3 with a win over NC State. She is one of six active Division I women's basketball coaches to have reached that mark.
  • Carolina is 11-2 in its last 13 games, with the losses coming to Duke, ranked in the top five nationally for both meetings.
  • With five three-pointers Saturday against Harvard, junior guard Coretta Brown set an Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record for threes. She now has a total of 93 this season, passing the old ACC mark of 90 by NC State's Jennifer Howard in 1996.
  • Senior guard Nikki Teasley is 63-70 from the free throw line over the last nine games and is shooting 87.2 from the line for the season, the best single-season mark in UNC history. She now ranks second in UNC history with a career free throw percentage of 78.1.
  • Coretta Brown's current career three-point percentage, 37.3 (157-421), is the best in school history.
  • UNC has hit a school- and conference-record 222 three-pointers this season. The old UNC mark was 188, set in 2000. The old ACC mark was 213, by Duke in 1999.
  • Nikki Teasley hit the 700-assists mark in Saturday''s game and now has a career total of 710. Her career average of 5.77 per game is the highest in ACC history.
  • Coretta Brown's 28 points against Harvard were a career high.
  • UNC is 1-5 this season against ranked teams. Three of those losses came to top-five Duke and one to No. 1 Connecticut.

    NCAA Tournament tidbits

  • UNC is now 9-2 in NCAA first round games. Eight of those wins have come at home and both losses have come on the road.
  • UNC is 8-2 in second round games.
  • North Carolina is now 15-1 at home in NCAA Tournament play. Including this year, the Tar Heels have hosted games on 11 occasions.
  • UNC is 70-2 vs. nonconference teams at home over the last 10 years, 68-1 at Carmichael Auditorium. (Three nonconference games were played at the Dean E. Smith Center over that span.)
  • Carolina is now 5-4 in NCAA play as the No. 4 seed.
  • North Carolina won the 1994 NCAA Championship and reached the Elite Eight in 1998. Including those years, the Tar Heels have reached the Sweet 16 nine times.
  • UNC has made it at least as far as the regional semifinal game in each of its last seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • The Tar Heels are now 3-1 playing in the Midwest Region. UNC's only other appearance in that region was in 1999, when Carolina reached the region semifinal as the No. 4 seed.

    UNC's statistical leaders
    Scoring: Coretta Brown (17.0 points per game)
    Rebounding: Chrystal Baptist (7.6 per game)
    Assists: Nikki Teasley (5.5 per game)
    Steals: Nikki Teasley (2.2 per game)
    Blocks: Candace Sutton (2.0 per game)
    Field goal percentage: Jennifer Thomas (57.0, 73-128)
    Three-point percentage: Coretta Brown (39.7, 93-234)
    Free throw percentage: Nikki Teasley (87.2, 130-149)
    Minutes per game: Coretta Brown (34.1 per game)

    Scouting the Minnesota Golden Gophers
    Minnesota is 22-7 on the season and ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll, 22nd in the coaches' poll. The Golden Gophers are making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Their other NCAA berth was in 1994, when No. 10 seed Minnesota beat Notre Dame 81-76 in the first round and fell to Vanderbilt 98-72 in the second round.

    Minnesota is led in scoring by sophomore guard Lindsay Whalen, who averages 21.9 points per game and led the team with 29 points in Saturday's 71-54 win over UNLV. Whalen shoots 55.9 percent from the floor and also leads the team in assists with 5.2 per game.

    Also scoring in double figures are freshman center Janel McCarville (13.2 points per game), junior guard Corrin Von Wald (12.0 ppg.) and sophomore forward Kadidja Andersson (10.7 ppg.) McCarville leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game.

    Minnesota swept the Big Ten postseason honors, as Whalen was named Player of the Year, McCarville Rookie of the Year and first-year coach Brenda Oldfield Coach of the Year.

    The North Carolina-Minnesota series
    UNC and Minnesota have met twice and the series is tied at 1-1. Both games were played in Chapel Hill at Carmichael Auditorium

    The Golden Gophers won the first game, 80-78 on Jan. 26, 1980. The Tar Heels' victory came 109-96 on Dec. 21, 1988, in Sylvia Hatchell's third season as the coach at UNC.


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