7:00 PM ET, January 27, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina forward Christina DeWitt has spent extra time working on her outside shooting.The results showed Friday night, as DeWitt came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points to help the No. 3 Tar Heels beat Wake Forest 91-57.DeWitt hit 7-of-8 from the field -- including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, her first from outside the arc this season -- and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line for North Carolina (19-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which is off to the best start in school history.The freshman, who came into the game averaging five points, said assistant coach Andrew Calder has helped her improve her shooting."Coach Calder has been working with me on my 3-point shooting," she said. "He's been getting on me because I tend to step up and cross the line when I take the shot. It paid off in this game."Camille Little added 17 points for the Tar Heels, who face No. 2 Duke (20-0, 7-0) Sunday night in Durham, N.C., in a battle between the nation's only two undefeated teams. The winner will likely take over the No. 1 spot in the rankings when The Associated Press poll comes out Monday.But taking on the Blue Devils was the last thing North Carolina was thinking about, since it had lost four of its last six games against the Demon Deacons (10-8, 2-4) at Lawrence Joel Coliseum."We've struggled here the last two years," said Little, who attended high school in Winston-Salem. "We knew we had to come in here and have a good game."The Tar Heels, who have beaten opponents by more than 31 points a game this season, took a 51-27 lead at the half behind 57.1 percent shooting, including 7-for-12 from 3-point range.For the game, North Carolina shot 49.2 percent, including 11-of-22 on 3-pointers. The Tar Heels also forced 29 turnovers (17 off steals), outrebounded Wake Forest 42-28 and held the Demon Deacons to 39.1 percent shooting."They were the aggressor all night long," Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen said. "You can't beat Carolina by committing 29 turnovers. They're probably the most athletic team in the country. We just didn't handle them very well."The Tar Heels stretched their lead in the second half despite going deep into their bench, leading 77-40 on a pair of free throws by LaToya Pringle with 8:33 left. In all, 13 players made it onto the floor for North Carolina, with 11 scoring."It was a great team effort," Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "We were able to play a lot of kids. We made some mistakes -- we had way too many turnovers (22) -- but we didn't slow down."Liz Strunk scored 14 points and Deirdre Naughton added 12 for the Demon Deacons.Cotelia Bond-Young, the ACC's second-leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, finished with six points. She was held scoreless in the first half, and didn't hit her first field goal until there was 8:17 remaining.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||32-65 (.492)||17-49 (.347)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-21 (.524)||6-19 (.316)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-22 (.727)||17-24 (.708)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|