Diamond cuts down another

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

The No. 17 North Carolina Tar Heels won their third straight game with an 89-82 win over the No. 10 N.C. State Wolfpack at Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday.

Diamond DeShields scored a season and career-high 38 points. Along with fellow freshman Allisha Gray, who contributed 18 points and six rebounds, the tandem took care of 63 percent of the Tar Heels’ scoring to beat another ranked Triangle-area team in less than a week.

DeShields topped a 30-point performance in an 89-78 win against No. 3 Duke last Monday by shooting 12-of-23 from the field and 5-for-9 beyond the arc against the Wolfpack.

Facing N.C. State (22-4, 9-3) at home, the Tar Heels (20-6, 8-4) brought with them a five-game recent win streak in the series, including a 79-70 home win over the Wolfpack on Jan. 9 in Chapel Hill.

In extending their win streak against the Wolfpack, North Carolina also ended N.C. State’s 13-game unbeaten streak at home on Kay Yow Court.

Kody Burke (18 points, four rebounds) led N.C. State’s offense along with double-digit scoring support from Markeisha Gatling (15 points, 9 rebounds), Myisha Goodwin-Coleman (13 points, 5 steals), and Len’Nique Brown (12 points, 6 rebounds).

After winning the opening tip, Gatling eventually scored the game’s first points, but the Tar Heels quickly responded with three successive 3-pointers from Xylina McDaniel (nine points, five rebounds) who hit two that sandwiched one from DeShields.

Leading 9-4 after the first four minutes of play, the Tar Heels built their lead to as many as 11 points, leading 25-14, as Jessica Washington (nine points) scored her only 3-pointer of the game with 10:46 to play in the half.

As the Tar Heels began to hit a dry spell while missing shots and turning the ball over, the Wolfpack took advantage of opportunities to slowly chip away at their deficit, trailing 27-26 just six minutes later.

N.C. State continued to press the Tar Heels in the paint and scored from the free throw line as DeShields and Danielle Butts (six points, two rebounds) worked to maintain a narrow lead before relinquishing it during the final minute of the half.

After Jennifer Mathurin (four points) scored from the free throw line and brought the Wolfpack to within one, Brown gave N.C. State its first lead of the game with 25 seconds left in the half.

Leading 40-39 to begin the final half, the Wolfpack took their turn in extending the lead on the Tar Heels.

Facing a six-point deficit, trailing 45-39 with 16:31 to play, it was Gray and DeShields who single-handedly put the Tar Heels back in contention to win the game.

“We kept battling,” North Carolina associate head coach Andrew Calder said.

“N.C. State got the lead in the second half, we came back, and we just continued to battle. We did a lot of good things today. DeShields was unbelievable.”

DeShields became even more of a force from that point onward as both teams continued to fight for the lead, tying three times before the freshman paced her team to retake the lead for good, up 65-63 with 8:25 left on the clock.

“That was my adjustment,” DeShields said of beginning to drive with the ball to the hoop and draw fouls to eventually finish a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

“If I’m not hitting shots, I’m going to look to distribute or look to get closer to the basket, just to get myself going…In the second half I knew what I needed to do, so I did it.”

Even as the Wolfpack continued to score points, the Tar Heels answered back enough to hold them off to win the game.

“That’s what makes it tough on your offense when you have to answer every time,” NC State head coach Wes Moore said.

“You give up 89 points it’s tough to keep answering.”

The 98th all-time meeting between the two teams also served as the highlight event of the Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness initiative held in honor of late N.C. State head coach Kay Yow who waged a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.

Even though the 8,114 in attendance wore pink came in support of the Wolfpack and to honor Yow, many also had her longtime friend, North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell, also on their minds.

The Hall of Fame Tar Heels coach was diagnosed with leukemia last October and has been absent from leading her team on the court during the season. But she has kept her hands on the wheel steering this North Carolina team along its journey with Calder managing it on a daily basis.

“Coach Yow has been such a friend to Coach Hatchell,” Calder said.

“She helped Coach Hatchell get the job at the University of North Carolina and they’ve had such a friendship…This is such an honor for us to play in this game, in the Kay Yow game.”

Moore was equally appreciative of the largest crowd that his team has played in front at home this season and on the court named after the iconic coach.

Though his team lost a big game to an ACC and area rival, it only enhanced the game’s significance.

 “That takes it to another level,” Moore said.

“Everyone across the country is participating in the Play4Kay games, but nobody else plays on the court that has her name on it. No one else plays on a court where she won hundreds of games, so it’s a little more special here and the fans make it that way.”

 

 

 

No. 17 NORTH CAROLINA 89, No. 10 NC STATE 82

 

FG

FT

Reb

NORTH CAROLINA

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Mavunga

31

3-5

1-1

1-2

2

4

7

Coleman

17

0-1

0-0

0-3

3

4

0

Gray

35

6-9

1-2

3-6

1

1

18

DeShields

36

12-23

9-9

0-4

1

3

38

McDaniel

19

3-4

1-2

3-5

1

4

9

Butts

9

3-3

0-0

2-2

1

4

6

Rountree

9

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

2

0

Bryant

13

1-3

0-0

1-1

0

2

2

Washington

23

3-7

2-2

0-0

4

1

9

Summers

8

0-0

0-0

0-2

0

2

0

Totals

200

31-56

14-16

12-30

14

27

89

Percentages: FG .554, FT .875.

3-Point Goals: 13-23, .565 (Gray 5-7, DeShields 5-9, McDaniel 2-2, Washington 1-4, Coleman 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Mavunga 2, Summers).

Turnovers: 17 (Mavunga 4, McDaniel 4, DeShields 3, Butts 2, Washington, Bryant, Coleman, Summers).

Steals: 8 (DeShields 2, Mavunga 2, Gray, Bryant, Rountree, McDaniel).

Technical Fouls: Mavunga.

 

FG

FT

Reb

NC STATE

Min

M-A

M-A

O-T

A

PF

PTS

Goodwin-Coleman

37

4-15

1-4

1-2

2

3

13

Brown

38

5-13

2-4

1-6

4

3

12

Barrett

25

2-4

4-6

0-2

2

2

8

Gatling

28

3-7

9-10

6-9

2

3

15

Burke

39

5-11

7-7

3-4

1

1

18

Spencer

19

3-7

0-0

2-5

2

3

6

Mathurin

5

1-2

2-2

4-4

0

2

4

Daniel

9

3-4

0-0

3-3

0

3

6

Totals

200

26-63

25-33

25-40

13

20

82

Percentages: FG .413, FT .758.

3-Point Goals: 5-25, .200 (Goodwin-Coleman 4-15, Burke 1-5, Spencer 0-2, Brown 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 0.

Turnovers: 13 (Gatling 5, Goodwin-Coleman 3, Brown 3, Barrett, Daniel).

Steals: 10 (Goodwin-Coleman 5, Brown 2, Spencer, Barrett, Burke).

Technical Fouls: Brown.

North Carolina

39

50—89

NC State

40

42—82

A_8,114.

Officials_Denise Brooks, Joanne Aldrich, Tiara Cruse.