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No. 7 UNC women pull away from Wake Forest, 83-65

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — No. 7 North Carolina needed more than 30 minutes to shake free from Wake Forest.

Freshmen Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray each had 19 points, leading four Tar Heels in double figures in what turned out to be an 83-65 romp over the scrappy Demon Deacons on Thursday night.

North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its 11th straight in the series. Stephanie Mavunga had 12 points and 12 rebounds for UNC, the freshman's 10th double-double, while Xylina McDaniel also had 12 points.

Dearica Hamby led the Demon Deacons (10-9, 1-5) with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her 15th double-double of the season, and Chelsea Douglas added 20 points.

UNC has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Deacons have lost five of their last six.

"It did take us a little while to get going" said UNC acting coach Andrew Calder, substituting on the sidelines for Sylvia Hatchell as she undergoes treatments for leukemia. "We had some open shots that we didn't knock down, and the ball movement wasn't there early. Getting 35 points off their turnovers was really impressive. I'm proud of how hard our players are working. (DeShields and Gray) were really outstanding. One of our goals is to try to wear the other team down, and our players have worked hard to make that happen."

The game was close until the final four minutes, tied for the last time at 56-56 on Douglas' 3-pointer with 8:22 remaining. But the Tar Heels went on a 19-2 run before Millesa Calicott's 3-pointer for the Deacons with 1:05 to go.

"I'm really proud of our players," Wake coach Jen Hoover said. "I thought we came out with a great game plan and they executed what we were trying to do on a pretty consistent basis with the exception of our turnovers. We've gotten a little bit casual with the basketball and they really made us pay for it (with 35 points off turnovers)."

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