(15) North Carolina 84

(20-3, 6-2 ACC)

(19) Florida State 75

(18-5, 6-2 ACC)

    7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2011

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    #15UNC 43 4184
    #19FSU 41 3475

    Top Performers

    North Carolina: J. Breland 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Florida St: C. Davis 15 Pts, 2 Reb

    Jessica Breland scores 22 to power North Carolina 

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jessica Breland came off the bench Wednesday and scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the second half while teammate Waltiea Rolle was perfect on 12 free throws and finished with 18 points, leading North Carolina (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) to an 84-75 win over Florida State (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP).

    The Tar Heels (20-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 50 percent from the floor and made 22 of 25 free throws

    Cetera Degraffenreid added 14 points and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 11 for North Carolina, which snapped a two-game losing streak to the Seminoles.

    Freshman Natasha Howard and Chelsea Davis scored 15 points each for Florida State (18-5, 6-2 ACC) while Cierra Bravard and Courtney Ward added 11 apiece. Howard had a game-high eight rebounds.

    The Tar Heels rallied from a 29-22 deficit midway through the opening half to take a 43-41 lead on Ruffin-Pratt's layup as the halftime buzzer sounded. North Carolina scored the first seven points after the break, completing a 28-12 run and taking a 50-41 lead.

    The Seminoles climbed back within two points twice late in the game. The first time at 66-64 on Davis' two free throws with 5:05 left before Breland countered with a jumper, and finally with 3:01 left on Courtney Ward's 3-point shot that was answered by a Ruffin-Pratt layup.

    Breland, who hadn't played in two weeks because of minor knee surgery, made 10 of 17 shots. She was 7 of 11 in the second half while Rolle was 3 for 5 from the floor to accompany her perfect showing at the free throw line.

    Florida State was 9 of 12 in free throws and outrebounded 42-32 -- including 25-14 in the second half.

    The Seminoles were trying to beat North Carolina for the third straight time, something they have never achieved. The loss drops them two games back of Duke and damages their chances for getting a share of the league title for the third straight year.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 75
    FG Made-Attempted 30-60 (.500) 29-72 (.403)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-8 (.250) 8-28 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-25 (.880) 9-12 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 7

    Game Leaders

    PointsJ. Breland 22C. Davis 15
    ReboundsT. Ruffin-Pratt 7N. Howard 8
    AssistsT. Ruffin-Pratt 3C. Hunnicutt 5
    StealsC. Shegog 2N. Howard 4
    BlocksT. Ruffin-Pratt 2C. Bravard 1

    2010-11 Season

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