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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Halftime Update: Miami at UNC

Posted by on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 7:56 PM

SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina senior Rashanda McCants started senior night on a tear, scoring 11 points in the first half and pushing the Tar Heels to a 46-34 halftime lead against the Miami Hurricanes Thursday.  

Three different seniors scored early for UNC's first six points after being honored prior to tip-off. 

The No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels trailed 17-15 nearly  halfway through the first half after numerous turnovers and allowing Miami to shoot wide open jumpers in transition, forcing head coach Sylvia Hatchell to burn a timeout -- a Roy Williams no-no.  

Hatchell and Williams' philosophies  just about only differ when it comes to timeouts.  Both teams use  half-court traps and the full-court press to fuel their fast-pace offense.

The Tar Heels did an excellent job keeping the Hurricanes from scoring at the rim but continued to give up wide open jump shots, allowing the Hurricanes to convert five 3-pointers, including 4-7 3-point shooting from Miami's Epiphany Woodson.  

Off the bench, Jessica Breland grabbed seven rebounds and nailed several big  shots for the Tar Heels and pushed the lead to 35-25 with 5:28 to play.

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