DeShields leads No. 17 UNC past No. 3 Duke 89-78

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Diamond DeShields knew Cameron Indoor Stadium can be tough on visitors — especially those from hated rival North Carolina.

She didn't expect the Cameron Crazies would be this easy to tune out.

DeShields scored a season-high 30 points in the 17th-ranked Tar Heels' 89-78 upset of No. 3 Duke on Monday night.

The daughter of ex-major league infielder Delino DeShields hit 12 of 20 shots while becoming the first player to score 30 against Duke since 2009.

"Cameron is just, historically, a tough place to play, so I didn't expect any less tonight," DeShields said. "What I was surprised at (was), I didn't really care. It didn't bother me one bit. I'm proud of myself for having that mental toughness. ... I shot an airball and laughed it off."

Fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 24 points — including three three-point plays in the final 8 minutes — for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Xylina McDaniel finished with 17 points for North Carolina — which never trailed, hit 12 3-pointers, built three separate double-figure leads in the second half and finally made the third one stand.

The Tar Heels snapped a three-game overall losing streak, and a seven-game slide against their fiercest rivals by claiming their first win at Cameron since 2008.

"In the end, the players did it. They said, 'We're going to make a statement and we're going to make a statement tonight,'" UNC associate head coach Andrew Calder said.

Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting and blocked five shots, and Tricia Liston added 20 points for Duke (22-3, 9-2).

After last week's 88-67 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame, the Blue Devils have lost consecutive games at Cameron for the first time in two decades.

"I think that defense is something that this team generally wants other people to do," coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "We don't get into defense. We're playing defense to get the ball back on offense. ... Our transition defense has been awful. The difference in the game was transition defense."

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