Win #600 for Hatchell as UNC heads to title game

Win #600 for Hatchell as UNC heads to title game

UNC took care of business in the 2nd half, defeating N.C. State 58-52 to set up a showdown in the ACC title game with Duke. The win was #600 for Coach Sylvia Hatchell.

With a furious defensive 2nd half, UNC defeated N.C. State, 58-52 to advance to the ACC tournament title game versus Duke.

North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell celebrates her 600th career win with her players.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Coach Sylvia Hatchell also picked up win #600 - a win her team knew was coming and had hats and buttons ready to celebrate.

After shooting 18% in the first half and scoring 16 points, Carolina looked well, bad.

N.C. State and North Carolina is always a battle regardless of records but for the first half of this game, UNC seemed determined to self-destruct. However Pack was not playing flawless basketball and the margin was only 25-16.

Then at about the fifteen-minute mark of the 2nd half, UNC turned up their defense several notches and put on their track shoes. For the next six minutes, the Heels scored 17 points and held the Pack to a goose egg 0. By the time N.C. State scored again, UNC had a lead they would never relinquish.

The result - 42 points in the second half.

North Carolina's Nikki Teasley (42) celebrates as North Carolina State's Kaayla Chones (50) looks on.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
In a game where Coretta Brown and Nikki Teasley combined to shoot 6-30, the Heels needed other sources of offense and again Candace Sutton stepped up with 12 and Chrystal Baptist had eight points, all in the second half.

Teasley finished with 14 points and eight assists, going 7-8 from the free throw line.

UNC will face Duke, who they lost to in the regular season twice. Duke was challenged by a late run by Virginia, winning 71-67.

The win moves UNC to 24-7, State finishes 14-15.

In women's NCAA basketball, the top 16 seeds host a sub-regional, so the name of the game is getting one of those spots so you play at home for the first two rounds.

UNC was ranked 19th and 21st in the poll last week, but the collegerpi.com site that attempts to replicate the RPI, has moved UNC to 15 as of this am.

BOXSCORE

N.C. STATE
Simpson 3-10 5-6 13, Scates 0-1 3-4 3, Chones 5-8 3-3 13, Stockdale 0-5 2-2 2, Rivers 2-5 0-0 4, Olanrewaju 3-6 0-0 6, Bell 0-1 0-0 0, Labador 0-0 0-0 0, Moody 4-9 3-4 11. Totals 17-45 16-19 52.

NORTH CAROLINA (24-7)
Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 3-17 0-0 7, Sutton 6-15 0-0 12, Metcalf 0-2 0-0 0, Teasley 3-13 7-8 14, Chambers 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 2-6 5-6 9, McBee 3-7 2-2 8, Baptist 3-6 2-2 8, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-68 16-18 58.

Halftime-N.C. State 25-16. 3-Point goals-N.C. State 2-11 (Simpson 2-7, Stockdale 0-4), North Carolina 2-15 (Brown 1-7, Teasley 1-7, McBee 0-1). Fouled out-McBee. Rebounds-N.C. State 34 (Moody 6), North Carolina 41 (Sutton, McBee 8). Assists-N.C. State 9 (Stockdale 5), North Carolina 11 (Teasley 8). Total fouls-N.C. State 19, North Carolina 20. A-5,960.

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