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  #4 Tennessee 81, #11 UNC 65
Experienced Vols Take Down Heels
November 11, 2013

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day


Freshman Alisha Gray notched a double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Heels fell to #4 Tennessee 81-65.
Freshman Alisha Gray notched a double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Heels fell to #4 Tennessee 81-65.
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Tennessee defeated UNC as part of ESPN's 24 hours of hoops marathon, which is why this game had a rare 9pm start. Nearly 5,000 fans showed up to cheer on the painfully young Heels against the more experienced Lady Vols. As one might expect, the game was a frenzy of attempted fast breaks that resulted in balls flying out of bounds, jacked-up threes and crazed drives to the basket. Tennessee shot just 40% from the field but won in part because UNC shot just 30%. Part of that was due to UNC's size and defense, but a lot of it was because the Heels played a lot of one-on-one streetball. Most of UNC's points came from their aggressive defense and relentless offensive rebounders. Indeed, the Heels only managed to score 34 points in half-court settings.

The Heels fell behind big early, came back on the strength of that defense, and then collapsed in the final three minutes of the half. Then they went on a long scoring drought in the second half as Tennessee pushed their lead to around 20. The Heels had a few mini-comebacks after that, but the Lady Vols were never seriously threatened, nor did UNC find a way to stop some of Tennessee's most basic offensive sets. Still, there were plenty of positives to take away for the Heels. The quick, springy and undersized frontcourt of Stephanie Mavunga and Xylina McDaniel fought Tennessee's bigger and more experienced frontcourt to a standstill. The Heels got a good game out of Brittany Rountree, who has played well to hold on to her starting job. UNC put up superior hustle stats. However, Andrew Calder has a lot of refinement to do of his team's offense, especially if the knee injury that shooter Megan Buckland suffered is a serious one.

Top Performers:

  1. Ariel Massengale, Tennessee. 20 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals. Her three point shooting was timely, but it was her constantly attacking UNC's defense, collapsing it and then kicking it out to open shooters that gave her team such a big advantage. More importantly, she played and acted like a team leader.

  2. Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee. 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals. She set up camp on the right baseline and drained jumper after open jumper when the ball came to her.

  3. Allisha Gray, UNC. 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals. She was the most impressive of UNC's frosh, as she found ways to attack the basket and go after loose balls. Gray was simply more in control than her other young teammates and did a better job of sharing the ball.

Why Tennessee Won: The Lady Vols played well at a tight tempo and used a penetrate-and-pitch offense that collapsed UNC's defense to generate open looks from three as well as a number of mid-range jumpers.

Why UNC Lost: Too many quick shots and way too many jacked-up threes. Diamond DeShields tried to do everything by herself, and the result was a horrendous 3-15 shooting performance to go with 6 turnovers. The Heels matched up well with the Lady Vols in terms of quickness and physicality, but they simply didn't play smart.

The Game Turned When...: The Lady Vols went on a 15-7 run to end the second half, turning a tight game into a twelve point lead. The Heels never seriously threatened again.

X-Factor: Andraya Carter, Tennessee. She scored 8 of her 10 points during that late first half run, including a couple of threes.

Ramifications: This is a great road win for the Lady Vols, who essentially beat the young Tar Heels at their own game. The young Heels showed no fear in going up against a more experienced and higher-ranked opponent, but they also demonstrated that they have a lot of work to do in terms of discipline and teamwork.

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Link to this Photo Tar Heels in special warm-ups for Veterans Day
Tar Heels in special warm-ups for Veterans Day
Link to this Photo Lady Vols also in Veterans Day warm-ups
Lady Vols also in Veterans Day warm-ups

Link to this Photo Conference before tip-off  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder, Assistant Coach Ivory Latta
Conference before tip-off
 
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Link to this Photo UNC team members stretch a huge American flag across the court for the national anthem on Veterans Day
UNC team members stretch a huge American flag across the court for the national anthem on Veterans Day
Link to this Photo Pregame intros  - UNC Players: Mascot Ramses
Pregame intros
 
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Link to this Photo Isabelle Harrison goes after Brittany Rountree, who had snagged a defensive board  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Isabelle Harrison goes after Brittany Rountree, who had snagged a defensive board
 
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Link to this Photo Andrew Calder is leading the Tar Heels in the absence of Sylvia Hatchell, who is battling leukemia  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Andrew Calder is leading the Tar Heels in the absence of Sylvia Hatchell, who is battling leukemia
 
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Link to this Photo Mercedes Russell comes over the top to stop Jessica Washington  - UNC Players: #24 Jessica Washington
Mercedes Russell comes over the top to stop Jessica Washington
 
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Link to this Photo Coach Calder looking for a call early in the closely officiated game  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Coach Calder looking for a call early in the closely officiated game
 
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Link to this Photo Buckland steals the ball from Russell  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
Buckland steals the ball from Russell
 
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Link to this Photo DeShields on the bench  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder, Assistant Coach Ivory Latta, #23 Diamond DeShields
DeShields on the bench
 
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Link to this Photo Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick not pleased during UNC's first half run
Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick not pleased during UNC's first half run
Link to this Photo Megan Buckland closely guarded  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
Megan Buckland closely guarded
 
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Link to this Photo DeShields and Jordan Reynolds make mutual contact  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
DeShields and Jordan Reynolds make mutual contact
 
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Link to this Photo Mercedes Russell
Mercedes Russell

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Link to this Photo During a Tennessee run  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
During a Tennessee run
 
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Link to this Photo Jordan Reynolds fires from the corner
Jordan Reynolds fires from the corner
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Link to this Photo Holly Warlick makes a point to Sue Blauch - there was no shortage of foul calls in the early going
Holly Warlick makes a point to Sue Blauch - there was no shortage of foul calls in the early going
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Link to this Photo DeShields steps in to stop Burdick  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
DeShields steps in to stop Burdick
 
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Link to this Photo Andraya Carter drives
Andraya Carter drives
Link to this Photo Mavunga guards the inbounds pass  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Mavunga guards the inbounds pass
 
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Link to this Photo While the Heels lack a true center, they're not short  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga, #23 Diamond DeShields
While the Heels lack a true center, they're not short
 
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Link to this Photo Cheering a Tar Heel defensive play from the bench  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman, #3 Megan Buckland, #22 N'Dea Bryant
Cheering a Tar Heel defensive play from the bench
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #24 Jessica Washington
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Link to this Photo DeShields drains a huge three over Ariel Massengale  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
DeShields drains a huge three over Ariel Massengale
 
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Link to this Photo Carla Fountain, Sue Blauch, and Mark Zentz huddle during a break in the action
Carla Fountain, Sue Blauch, and Mark Zentz huddle during a break in the action
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Link to this Photo Carter was a perfect 3-3 from the floor, 2-2 behind the arc
Carter was a perfect 3-3 from the floor, 2-2 behind the arc
Link to this Photo McDaniel thanks Gray after hitting a three pointer, cutting the deficit to four  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel thanks Gray after hitting a three pointer, cutting the deficit to four
 
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Link to this Photo Massengale answers with a trey
Massengale answers with a trey
Link to this Photo Bashaara Graves puts the Vols up nine
Bashaara Graves puts the Vols up nine

Link to this Photo Rebounding foul on Mavunga  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Rebounding foul on Mavunga
 
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Link to this Photo A tough stretch for the Heels as the Vols built a 12 point halftime lead  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
A tough stretch for the Heels as the Vols built a 12 point halftime lead
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
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Link to this Photo McDaniel tries a reverse layup at the beginning of the second half, but the Heels wouldn't score from the field for more than six minutes  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel tries a reverse layup at the beginning of the second half, but the Heels wouldn't score from the field for more than six minutes
 
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Link to this Photo Meighan Simmons soars as McDaniel goes to the goal  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Meighan Simmons soars as McDaniel goes to the goal
 
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Link to this Photo McDaniel drives past Bashaara Graves  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel drives past Bashaara Graves
 
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Link to this Photo DeShields goes between the legs as Meighan Simmons closes in
DeShields goes between the legs as Meighan Simmons closes in
Link to this Photo Mavunga was one of three Heels with a double-double, leading the team with 12 boards  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Mavunga was one of three Heels with a double-double, leading the team with 12 boards
 
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Link to this Photo Burdick fouls Mavunga in the act  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Burdick fouls Mavunga in the act
 
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Link to this Photo Carolina's drought continued, down 49-30  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Carolina's drought continued, down 49-30
 
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Link to this Photo Coleman makes us recall the
Coleman makes us recall the "Fast Got Faster" campaign as she blows past Simmons.
 
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Link to this Photo McDaniel and Bryant battle Russell for a rebound  - UNC Players: #22 N'Dea Bryant, #34 Xylina McDaniel
McDaniel and Bryant battle Russell for a rebound
 
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Link to this Photo Mavunga (right) calls for a Buckland trey  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland, #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Mavunga (right) calls for a Buckland trey
 
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Link to this Photo It looks like Buckland may have hurt her knee on the way up  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
It looks like Buckland may have hurt her knee on the way up
 
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Link to this Photo An awkward landing was on the way  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
An awkward landing was on the way
 
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Link to this Photo UNC trainers help Megan Buckland up as coach Calder looks on.  Buckland had heavy ice on her hurt knee after the game.  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder, #3 Megan Buckland
UNC trainers help Megan Buckland up as coach Calder looks on. Buckland had heavy ice on her hurt knee after the game.
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
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Link to this Photo Gray cuts it to 55-39  - UNC Players: #15 Allisha Gray
Gray cuts it to 55-39
 
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Link to this Photo Rountree elevates  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Rountree elevates
 
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Link to this Photo Heel Fast
Heel Fast
Link to this Photo UNC's special camo Jordans for Veterans Day
UNC's special camo Jordans for Veterans Day

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Link to this Photo Special Veterans Day logo
Special Veterans Day logo
Link to this Photo Gray sizes up a free throw, Heels trail 64-48.  - UNC Players: #15 Allisha Gray
Gray sizes up a free throw, Heels trail 64-48.
 
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Link to this Photo Rejection by Mavunga, turning back Jones  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Rejection by Mavunga, turning back Jones
 
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Link to this Photo DeShields still trying to find her range  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
DeShields still trying to find her range
 
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Link to this Photo Foul on Coleman  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman, #15 Allisha Gray
Foul on Coleman
 
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Link to this Photo A loyal Carolina WBB fan on Veterans Day  - UNC Players:  UNC Fans
A loyal Carolina WBB fan on Veterans Day
 
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Link to this Photo Coleman scores in the final segment  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman
Coleman scores in the final segment
 
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Link to this Photo #5 on Diamond  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
#5 on Diamond
 
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"Hey!"
 
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Link to this Photo Billy Lee, a former Division I head coach himself, has stepped in as third assistant in Sylvia Hatchell's absence  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Billy Lee
Billy Lee, a former Division I head coach himself, has stepped in as third assistant in Sylvia Hatchell's absence
 
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Link to this Photo Carolina's last hoop  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Carolina's last hoop
 
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Link to this Photo An encouraging word after foul #5  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Tracey Williams-Johnson, #1 Stephanie Mavunga
An encouraging word after foul #5
 
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Link to this Photo Fuller at the stripe  - UNC Players: #13 Hillary Fuller
Fuller at the stripe
 
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Link to this Photo Ballgame - #4 Lady Vols 81, #11 UNC 65.  A game that Carolina will learn from.
Ballgame - #4 Lady Vols 81, #11 UNC 65. A game that Carolina will learn from.


 

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