UNC women hold off Yellow Jackets

Feb. 10, 2013 @ 07:37 PM

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points, including two late baskets, as No. 16 North Carolina edged Georgia Tech 60-58 Sunday.
Ruffin-Pratt hit a jumper with 2:58 remaining, then another with 2:08 left to give the Tar Heels (22-3, 10-2 ACC) a 55-54 lead after they surrendered a nine-point, second-half advantage. Ruffin-Pratt’s back-to-back jumpers broke a 10-minute field goal drought by UNC.
The Yellow Jackets (10-14, 3-10) took their final lead, 58-57 with 47 seconds left, on a steal and layup by Tyaunna Marshall, but Ruffin-Pratt’s two free throws put North Carolina back in front and Latifah Coleman’s steal and free throw provided the final margin.
UNC outscored Georgia Tech 11-4 over the game’s final 4:03.
The victory was UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell’s 901st, breaking a tie for second all time with former Texas coach Jody Conradt.
Ruffin-Pratt had 10 rebounds but committed 12 of the Tar Heels’ 29 turnovers. Coleman had a career-high 13 points and Megan Buckland added 12 with four 3-pointers in the first half.
Marshall led the Yellow Jackets, who committed 31 turnovers, with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
UNC will host Wake Forest on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena.

No. 16 UNC 60, Ga. Tech 58
UNC|MP|FG|FT|Reb|A|F|Pt
Gross|22|3-7|2-4|0-3|1|4|8
McDaniel|28|0-5|4-7|2-8|2|3|4
Rolle|33|1-3|3-5|3-6|2|3|5
Rountree|16|1-3|0-0|0-1|0|1|2
Ruffin-Pratt|36|5-15|4-8|5-10|3|4|14
Coleman|26|3-8|6-10|2-3|3|2|13
Buckland|32|4-6|0-0|0-1|0|2|12
Butts|7|1-1|0-2|0-0|2|1|2
Totals|200|18-48|19-36|12-37|13|20|60
Percentages: FG .375, FT .528. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Buckland 4-6, Coleman 1-2, Gross 0-1, Rountree 0-2, Ruffin-Pratt 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 10 (Rolle 3, Ruffin-Pratt 3, McDaniel 2, Gross 2). Turnovers: 29 (Ruffin-Pratt 12, Coleman 4, Gross 3, McDaniel 2, Buckland 2, Butts 2, Rountree 2, Rolle 2). Steals: 19 (Coleman 6, Ruffin-Pratt 4, Rountree 3, McDaniel 2, Butts 2, Gross 2).
GA. TECH|MP|FG|FT|Reb|A|F|Pt
Whiteside|21|3-5|1-2|0-3|0|1|9
Rogers|25|1-2|0-0|2-5|0|3|2
N Taylor|31|1-7|1-2|0-3|3|4|3
Marshall|39|9-18|1-3|4-11|4|3|19
Wallace|23|2-14|0-0|0-1|1|5|5
Jackson|4|0-3|0-0|0-0|0|0|0
Maye|28|3-7|3-6|1-2|7|5|9
Hamilton-Carter|21|3-6|4-6|4-8|1|4|10
Fogdemark|0|0-0|0-0|0-0|0|0|0
McDonald|4|0-0|1-2|1-2|0|0|1
Bivins|4|0-0|0-0|2-3|0|1|0
Totals|200|22-62|11-21|16-41|16|26|58
Percentages: FG .355, FT .524. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Whiteside 2-4, Wallace 1-7, Jackson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Bivins). Turnovers: 31 (Marshall 7, Rogers 5, Maye 5, Wallace 3, Bivins 2, Whiteside 2, N. Taylor 2, Hamilton-Carter 2, McDonald). Steals: 14 (Maye 7, Marshall 4, Whiteside 2, N. Taylor).
N. Carolina|34|26—60
Ga. Tech|29|29—58
A—1,320. Officials—Eric Brewton, Daryl Humphrey, Mark Hardcastle.