Virginia Tech shocks ice-cold UNC

Feb. 23, 2014 @ 06:07 PM

No. 11 North Carolina’s game Sunday against the last-place team in the ACC was supposed to be a final tune-up before the Tar Heels closed their regular season against No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 7 Duke.

Instead, it turned into one of the most shocking results in the ACC this year.

Top scorers Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray – the ACC’s reigning player and rookie of the week, respectively – combined to shoot 4 of 26 from the field, including DeShields’ miss from top of the arc with three seconds left, as the Tar Heels fell to Virginia Tech 50-47 at Carmichael Arena.

UNC (21-7, 9-5 ACC) was sixth nationally in scoring at 84.2 points and had scored at least 65 in every game. But the Tar Heels shot just 27 percent in each half and finished 1 of 18 from 3-point range.

“I didn’t think we moved the ball as good as we needed to move the ball and find the open player,” Tar Heels acting coach Andrew Calder said. “We didn’t make the extra pass.”

Post players Xylina McDaniel (13 points, eight rebounds) and Stephanie Mavunga (10 points, seven rebounds) couldn’t make up for their team’s atrocious outside shooting – UNC was just 2 of 33 on shots outside the paint.

“We were going to try to make them work for their baskets,” Virginia Tech coach Dennis Wolff said. “They’ve shot the ball so well – I thought we did a great job of staying out on them and not letting them get open looks from 3.”

McDaniel said that the team struggled against the Hokies’ slow-down offense. The Tar Heels were also held to a season-low 48 points last year against Virginia Tech, though UNC pulled out a 3-point win.

“We’re used to running up-and-down, so that kind of threw us off of our game, but we can’t used that as an excuse,” McDaniel said.

Virginia Tech (13-14, 3-11) was in last place in the ACC, with just two home wins against the league’s other bottom three teams, Boston College and Pittsburgh.

But the Hokies had come close to pulling big upsets during the conference season, losing to No. 14 N.C. State by 1 and to No. 7 Duke by 4. Virginia Tech also had a 2-point loss to Miami and a 1-point loss at Wake Forest.

“We’ve had a lot of close games like this, and unfortunately we weren’t able to close some of them out,” Wolfe said. “Today we were able to and it’s a great feeling.”

The Hokies went nine minutes without scoring in the first half, committing nine turnovers in the process. But UNC failed to take advantage, going 7:13 without a field goal and letting Virginia Tech take a one-point lead into the break.

The Tar Heels then missed their first nine shots of the second half, but another 6-minute stretch without a field goal by Virginia Tech allowed UNC to go on a 13-1 run and claim its biggest lead of the game, 43-37 with 6:55 remaining.

Virginia Tech responded with a 9-0 run, holding the Tar Heels scoreless over the next 5:44, to go up 46-43.

UNC had a chance to tie with 1:11 remaining when DeShields was fouled on a 3-point shot. But after making the first two, she missed the third to keep the Hokies in front by one.

The Tar Heels regained possession, but McDaniel’s 3 clanged off the backboard with the shot clock winding down. Vanessa Panousis (24 points), an 82-pecent free-throw shooter, twice made both ends of a 1-and-1 to keep the Hokies in front, and DeShields’ miss at the end of the game allowed Virginia Tech to bounce up and down at midcourt in celebration.

Calder, who is directing the team while head coach Sylvia Hatchell recovers from treatments for leukemia, said that UNC didn’t overlook the Hokies and that the Tar Heels’ youth (three freshmen starters) didn’t play a role in the outcome.

“We’re talented,” Calder said. “We should have played better than we did, even though Virginia Tech had something to do with this.”

The Tar Heels had won four in a row, including road games against Duke and N.C. State. Now they must regroup before facing No. 2 Notre Dame Thursday and then closing with a home game Sunday against the Blue Devils.

McDaniel said that she will tell freshmen DeShields and Gray to shake off Sunday’s performance.

“We have two big, huge games in front of us,” McDaniel said. “So the only thing that they can do is put it in the past and just leave it in the books because these next two games are crucial.”

 

VIRGINIA TECH 50, No. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 47

 

FG

FT

Reb

VIRGINIA TECH

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Ugoka

39

6-16

1-4

1-9

1

3

13

Tellier

39

2-8

0-2

2-12

0

2

4

Campbell

25

4-5

0-0

0-3

0

3

8

Panousis

40

7-12

6-8

0-2

3

3

24

Young

27

0-3

1-2

0-4

1

3

1

Penn

2

0-1

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

N Evans

5

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

Hill

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

Conyers

20

0-1

0-0

0-4

2

2

0

Totals

200

19-46

8-16

5-38

7

20

50

Percentages: FG .413, FT .500.

3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Panousis 4-8, Tellier 0-1, Conyers 0-1, Penn 0-1, Young 0-2).

Team Rebounds: 3.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Campbell 2, N. Evans).

Turnovers: 19 (Tellier 4, Ugoka 4, Young 3, Panousis 3, Conyers 2, Hill, Campbell).

Steals: 5 (Ugoka 2, Panousis, Campbell, Tellier).

Technical Fouls: None.

 

FG

FT

Reb

NORTH CAROLINA

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

DeShields

31

3-14

2-3

1-7

3

1

8

McDaniel

35

4-7

4-6

1-8

1

1

13

Mavunga

23

3-8

4-7

2-7

0

3

10

Gray

30

1-12

3-5

2-3

1

0

5

Coleman

22

0-0

1-2

0-1

0

2

1

Butts

15

2-5

0-1

0-3

0

3

4

Rountree

19

2-4

2-2

0-1

1

3

6

Bryant

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Washington

18

0-5

0-0

1-2

2

0

0

Summers

6

0-1

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Totals

200

15-56

16-26

11-37

8

13

47

Percentages: FG .268, FT .615.

3-Point Goals: 1-18, .056 (McDaniel 1-3, Butts 0-1, Rountree 0-2, Washington 0-2, Gray 0-4, DeShields 0-6).

Team Rebounds: 4.

Blocked Shots: 3 (McDaniel, DeShields, Mavunga).

Turnovers: 15 (DeShields 5, McDaniel 4, Mavunga 4, Coleman 2).

Steals: 10 (McDaniel 2, Mavunga 2, Rountree, Washington, DeShields, Gray, Butts, Coleman).

Technical Fouls: None.

Virginia Tech

25

25—50

North Carolina

24

23—47

A_3,875.

Officials_Joseph Vaszily, Karen Preato, Pualani Spurlock.