Final OT

NC State 66

(8-8, 0-1 ACC)

(2) North Carolina 75

(16-0, 2-0 ACC)

    1:00 PM ET, January 11, 2009

    1 2 OT T
    NCST 28 31 766
    #2UNC 34 25 1675

    Top Performers

    NC State: B. Holston 19 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    North Carolina: R. Mccants 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

    Hatchell becomes 4th coach to 800 wins as UNC dominates OT

    Associated Press

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Her 800th career victory in hand, Sylvia Hatchell could finally relax.

    Elite Company

    North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 800th career win on Sunday, becoming just the fourth coach to reach that mark. Here's how she stacks up to the others:

    800-Plus Career Wins
    Last School Seasons W-L
    Pat Summitt Tenn. 35 995-185
    Jody Conradt Texas 38 900-309
    C. Vivian Stringer Rutgers 38 812-271
    Sylvia Hatchell UNC 34 800-275

    "I was about to think it wasn't going to happen there for a while," she said with a chuckle while addressing the home crowd afterward.

    It almost didn't.

    Rashanda McCants scored 16 points and her second-ranked Tar Heels dominated overtime to beat North Carolina State 75-66 on Sunday, making Hatchell just the fourth women's coach to reach the 800-win mark.

    Fast Facts

    • North Carolina scored the first 10 points in overtime to stave off NC State.

    • The Tar Heels are 16-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.

    • UNC has now won 30 straight home games.

    -- ESPN research

    Hatchell joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and C. Vivian Stringer after improving to 800-274 in 34 seasons, with 528 of those victories coming in 23 seasons in Chapel Hill. While at North Carolina, she has won eight Atlantic Coast Conference championships, reached three Final Fours and won the 1994 NCAA title.

    Yet Sunday, her team struggled with its shot, couldn't knock down repeated open 3-pointers and couldn't get off and running in transition against the Wolfpack's zone defense. It was only after the Tar Heels (16-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minutes of regulation to reach overtime that Hatchell's team looked like itself.

    "I'm proud of them for pulling it out," Hatchell said. "I thought we looked good in overtime. Maybe we need to warm up for 40 minutes. In overtime, we were aggressive, we got the ball inside, we did some nice things. That's the way we should've been playing the whole game."

    While Hatchell was pursuing her milestone victory, the Wolfpack (8-8, 0-1) was busy thinking about its own head coach: Hall of Famer Kay Yow.

    Yow said earlier this week she would not return to the team after missing the past four games due to an extremely low energy level. The 66-year-old coach was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. The disease recurred in the 2004-05 season, forcing her to miss two games that year and 16 more two seasons ago.

    Regardless, her presence was still felt here. Before the game, fans applauded in support of Yow, while one fan carried a sign that read, "Pull'n 4 the Heels, pray'n for Kay." And afterward, Hatchell asked the fans to pray for Yow.

    The Wolfpack frustrated the Tar Heels and held them to 36 percent shooting, including 2-for-23 from 3-point range. NC State also took a 60-53 edge on the boards, a particularly irksome stat for the rebound-obsessed Hatchell, before fading late against the Tar Heels' superior depth and athleticism.

    "We hope we can repeat this," interim Wolfpack coach Stephanie Glance said. "It was sort of a test today to see what we're made of and what we're going to look like through a lot of adversity. We just told the team they passed the test with flying colors today, because the picture for us is much bigger than just a game against an archrival.

    "We just played our hearts out. I'm just really proud of the team. I know the whole staff is. I know Coach Yow is, too."

    After the win, athletics director Dick Baddour and chancellor Holden Thorp presented Hatchell with a jersey bearing the No. 800. Then came a video montage of highlights and well-wishers, including Summitt, former North Carolina All-American Ivory Latta and men's coach Roy Williams.

    But it seemed like the Tar Heels were sliding toward a surprising home loss that would derail a possible 1-vs-2 showdown with top-ranked Connecticut here next week. That was particularly true when they lost leading scorer Jessica Breland to a sprained right ankle when she landed awkwardly on a rebound with about 13½ minutes left.

    Still, the Tar Heels hung in against a team playing on emotion, taking a 59-57 lead on Iman McFarland's stickback with 1:37 left. But the Wolfpack answered with Sharnise Beal's jumper over Heather Claytor to tie it with 52.1 seconds left, then forced a missed 3 from McCants followed by a turnover from Cetera DeGraffenreid after an offensive rebound with 0.9 seconds left to force overtime.

    The Wolfpack couldn't get off a shot for the win after a fullcourt heave. And once in OT, Chay Shegog scored inside to put the Tar Heels ahead for good on the first possession with a basket inside.

    Then, after McCants' turnaround from the top, Claytor buried a 3 off a feed from DeGraffenreid for the 66-59 lead with 3 minutes left. The Wolfpack got no closer the rest of the way.

    Claytor's 3 ended a streak of 17 straight missed 3s for the Tar Heels.

    "It was very special," said McCants, who also had 12 rebounds. "I think [the 800 wins] shows how great of a coach she is. Just being coached by her makes me a lot better every game."

    DeGraffenreid also had 16 points for the Tar Heels, while Shegog had 15 points and nine rebounds.

    Freshman Bonae Holston scored 19 points to lead NC State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 66 75
    FG Made-Attempted 27-84 (.321) 27-76 (.355)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-13 (.077) 2-23 (.087)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-18 (.611) 19-25 (.760)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 11

    Game Leaders

    PointsB. Holston 19R. Mccants 16
    ReboundsB. Holston 15R. Mccants 12
    AssistsS. Fields 6R. Mccants 5
    StealsS. Fields 4H. Claytor 2
    BlocksI. Muciniece 1J. Breland 3

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