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  Tar Heels Escape Ohio State, 57-54
Ruffin-Pratt's Late Heroics Earn Top 25 Win
November 28, 2012

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

UNC's Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
UNC's Tierra Ruffin-Pratt deflected and stole a Tayler Hill inbounds pass, her ensuing basket sealed the Tar Heel victory.

In a sloppy but entertaining slugfest filled with dramatic turnabouts, #22 UNC beat #15 Ohio State in Carmichael Arena, 57-54. It was a game dominated by physical action, poor shooting, crazy turnovers and incredible effort by both teams. The Heels were led by a trio of 11-point scorers: Waltiea Rolle, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Xylina McDaniel. The two teams went back and forth in the first half until a 7-0 Heel run gave them a 4 point lead at halftime. The Buckeyes made the mistake of going away from star guard Tayler Hill during that stretch, and the Heels made them pay. UNC pushed their lead to 12 as they opened the second half with an 8-0 run. A basket by Krista Gross pushed the lead up to 44-28 with 11:36 left, and it looked like the rout was on. Instead, the Buckeyes went on a 17-2 run to pull within a single point with 4:37 to go. Hill scored 10 straight points to start the run while the Heels turned the ball over 6 times and missed 4 free throws. Hill eventually put OSU up 54-51 with 1:26 left, but McDaniel hit a huge bucket (her 6th straight point) to bring her team within one. In an incredible turn of events, Tuffin-Pratt had back-to-back steals for layups that gave her team that three point advantage that would stand up.

Why UNC Won: They had 15 steals and used them to score efficiently. Given that the Heels shot just 38% and turned the ball over 21 times, scoring off scramble plays was crucial. The Buckeyes had no answer for McDaniel's sheer aggresiveness.

Why Ohio State Lost: They shot just 34% against an impressively fierce and physical UNC defense. Hill had 24 points but took 21 shots to get there.

The Game Turned When...: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had back-to-back steals for runouts late in the game.

X-Factor: Krista Gross. She's this team's glue player, quietly dominating on the boards (9 rebounds) and scoring despite the fact that no plays are run for her.

Ramifications: Beating another ranked team (and this time a "real" top 25 foe) means that the Heels are for real and must be respected as a serious ACC and national contender. The team is still sort of held together with spit and bailing wire as there are a number of unconventional line-ups and a bench that needs to produce more, but there's a toughness and togetherness on this 2013 team that's been absent the past few years.

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Link to this Photo UNC wins the opening tip  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
UNC wins the opening tip
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Rolle rejects Amber Stokes  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle rejects Amber Stokes
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
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UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell

Link to this Photo Drawing a foul  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Drawing a foul
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Rejection by Ashley Adams  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Rejection by Ashley Adams
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Tierra Ruffin-Pratt  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo Leaving Tayler Hill open is never a great plan
Leaving Tayler Hill open is never a great plan
Link to this Photo Adams gets a hand on Rolle's shot  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Adams gets a hand on Rolle's shot
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Ohio State coach Jim Foster with one more thing for Angelica Suffren
Ohio State coach Jim Foster with one more thing for Angelica Suffren

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
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UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo A Tar Heel forever
A Tar Heel forever

Link to this Photo Xylina McDaniel scores during the Heels 8-0 run to start the second half  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Xylina McDaniel scores during the Heels 8-0 run to start the second half
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo McDaniel in the open court  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel in the open court
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo An unorthodox but effective finish by TRP  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
An unorthodox but effective finish by TRP
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo Tayler Hill notched 24 of Ohio State's 54 points
Tayler Hill notched 24 of Ohio State's 54 points
Link to this Photo Pulling up for a shot  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman
Pulling up for a shot
 
UNC Tags: #2 Latifah Coleman
Link to this Photo McDaniel pulls up in the lane  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel pulls up in the lane
 
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Link to this Photo Foul on Gross during Ohio State run  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts, #21 Krista Gross
Foul on Gross during Ohio State run
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts, #21 Krista Gross
Link to this Photo TRP dish to McDaniel resulted in free throws  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
TRP dish to McDaniel resulted in free throws
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo McDaniel layup with 1:14 left puts Heels within 1, 54-53  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel layup with 1:14 left puts Heels within 1, 54-53
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Ruffin-Pratt stole the ball and scored for a 55-54 UNC lead with 41 ticks left  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Ruffin-Pratt stole the ball and scored for a 55-54 UNC lead with 41 ticks left
 
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Link to this Photo Out of the Ohio State timeout, Ruffin-Pratt deflected and stole Tayler Hill's inbounds pass.  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Out of the Ohio State timeout, Ruffin-Pratt deflected and stole Tayler Hill's inbounds pass.
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Ruffin-Pratt converts the steal into another deuce, Heels up 57-54 with 27 seconds remaining  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Ruffin-Pratt converts the steal into another deuce, Heels up 57-54 with 27 seconds remaining
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo Ballgame! Carolina wins 57-54  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Ballgame! Carolina wins 57-54
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Bannister leads the UNC huddle cheer  - UNC Players: #15 Antoinette Bannister
Bannister leads the UNC huddle cheer
 
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Link to this Photo Tierra Ruffin-Pratt has high fives for front row Tar Heel fans after the big win  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt has high fives for front row Tar Heel fans after the big win
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Link to this Photo Post game interviews  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Post game interviews
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel


 

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