The Tar Heels (28-5) are the No. 3 seed in the Mideast Region, while host Colorado (23-7) is the No. 6 seed. The Buffaloes advanced with an 84-58 win over BYU.
Monday's game will be televised live by ESPN2 with Tracy Warren calling the play-by-play and Patti Phillips providing color commentary.
The game also will be broadcast by the Tar Heel Radio Network. The flagship station is 1360-AM WCHL. Stephen Gates is Carolina's play-by-play announcer and Jan Boxill will provide color commentary.
Game action and live stats are available via the internet at www.TarHeelBlue.com. North Carolina and Colorado have never met in women?s basketball. And North Carolina's trip to the state of Colorado this weekend is the first in the history of the program. The Tar Heels have played in Hawaii, Alaska and even Australia, but never Colorado.
The altitude has caused some problems for the Heels as the Raleigh News & Observer reports several Tar Heels are suffering from altitude sickness and require medical attention. Nikita Bell, who's buckets off steals really was a huge factor in the win over Austin Peay, reportedly does not even remember the second half.
Perhaps the fact that Colorado is on their home court is the biggest factor in this game UNC has to overcome. Between the home crowd, the lack of travel for the Buffalos and the altitude effects on the Heels, the path to the NCAA regional in Knoxville will not be an easy one. The other keys to the game are to make this a high scoring game and to outrebound Colorado. The Tar Heels are 24-0 this season when scoring 70 points or more, 22-0 when shooting at least 40 percent from the field and 24-1 when outrebounding opponents. Carolina?s only loss to a team it outrebounded was a 66-63 defeat by Oklahoma on Nov. 30 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Colorado, the No. 6 seed in the Mideast Region, is 23-7 on the season following an 84-45 first-round win over BYU Saturday. Four CU players scored in double figures. led by 21 points from Kate Fagan. The junior guard hit six of her 10 three-point attempts and added five rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Senior forward Sabrina Scott added 12 points, junior center Tera Bjorklund 11 and senior forward Linda Lappe 10.
On the season, Bjorklund, an All-Big 12 and All-Big 12 Tournament pick, leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game and in rebounding with 6.7 per game. Fagan is next, averaging 10.8 points. Also in double figures is Scott with 10.1 per game.
The Buffaloes are coached by Ceal Barry, who is 395-214 in her 20th season with the program.
Colorado is not ranked, but is receiving votes in both polls. The team is making its 11th NCAA appearance, its third in a row.
|By the Numbers||UNC||CU|
|Record||28-5, 13-3 ACC||23-7, 11-5 B12|
|Points per game||76.2||67.6|
|Opponent points per game||62.1||58.2|
|Field goal percentage||43.7||44.5|
|Three-point FG percentage||34.7||37.3|
|Free throw percentage||60.8||75.0|
|Opponent FG percentage||35.9||39.3|
|Opponent three-point percentage||26.6||31.5|
|Three-pointers per game||5.2||4.9|
|Offensive rebounding average||17.0||9.9|
|Defensive rebounding average||29.2||25.5|
|Opponent rebounding average||37.3||34.5|
|Opponent offensive reb. average||13.9||11.4|
|Opponent defensive reb. average||23.4||23.1|
|Assists per game||16.5||16.5|
|Turnovers per game||19.2||16.0|
|Steals per game||10.5||8.3|
|Blocks per game||3.1||3.0|
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