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Young Tar Heels comfy away from home

No. 12 North Carolina has played its best away from home, an unusual trend for a team in which four of the top six scorers are freshmen. The Tar Heels need for that to continue as they get ready for their most important road game of the season — an NCAA Tournament regional final at No. 6 Stanford (9 p.m., ESPN). “It’s nice getting buckets that silence the crowd,” Allisha Gray said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

It's Stanford experience vs. UNC youth

Just how much value is there in "Been there, done that"? Fourth-seeded North Carolina, a team that starts three freshmen and two sophomores, will face off against second-seeded Stanford, a team led by a senior star, a fifth-year anchor and a junior point guard with more than 100 starts under her belt -- all of whom have had the experience of playing in at least one Final Four. (ESPN.com)

UNC's Diamond DeShields iffy for Elite Eight

North Carolina star Diamond DeShields didn’t practice Monday and will be a game-time decision today when No. 12 UNC plays at No. 6 Stanford in the Elite Eight on Tuesday (9 p.m., ESPN). DeShields sprained both her right ankle and left knee in the first half of Sunday’s Sweet 16 win over South Carolina. She returned and played the entire second half. (Durham Herald-Sun)

The 10 best players in the women's Elite Eight

Diamond DeShields, North Carolina, guard: DeShields leads the Tar Heels with 18.1 ppg and has scored 10 or more points in all but four games. The ACC Freshman of the Year set a single-game freshman scoring record with 38 points in a win over N.C. State. (USA Today)

Tar Heels win Carolina clash

Tar Heels center Stephanie Mavunga said she had would wait until she got in the shower to see how many scratches she got battling South Carolina’s post players underneath. Still, the freshmen couldn’t have been happier on Sunday. In a bruising game against border-state rivals, UNC advanced to the NCAA Tournament regional final with a 65-58 win over South Carolina at Maples Pavilion. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heel Women Oust Top Seed South Carolina

Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford Regional semifinals on Sunday night. The Tar Heels will play in Tuesday night's regional final against second-seeded Stanford (32-3). (GoHeels.com)

Stakes are high for North Carolina vs. South Carolina rematch

North Carolina’s Xylina McDaniel offers a simple observation about South Carolina, the Tar Heels’ opponent tonight in the NCAA women’s tournament: “They are a No. 1 seed, but they are beatable.” Just three months ago, the Tar Heels handed the Gamecocks their first loss of the season, winning by eight point on a neutral court in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (ESPN.com)

20 Years Later, UNC Women Making Another NCAA Tournament Run

While UNC is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its only national championship, the current squad is eager to add another. The Tar Heels will face South Carolina in a regional semifinal today at Stanford University (7 p.m., ESPN2). The 1994 and 2014 teams had dinner together last month, giving the champions a chance to speak to the newcomers. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Battle of the Carolinas in Women's Sweet 16

South Carolina was about 25 minutes from Xylina McDaniel's house in Blythewood. North Carolina was more like 3-4 hours. "I was like, 'I don’t want my dad always checking up on me, so...'" McDaniel said. McDaniel laughed as she told the story Saturday, then called it "the best decision I’ve ever made." Today her hometown team and her chosen one will meet on the sport’s biggest stage. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Stopping UNC rookie DeShields a tough task

Diamond DeShields has proven she can beat any defense thrown at her. North Carolina's star freshman shoots the 3, reliably knocks down pull-up jumpers and scores off the dribble. Now she has the Tar Heels in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, and the challenge of stopping her next falls to South Carolina in the Stanford Regional on Sunday. (WNCN)

Young Tar Heels grow into NCAA Sweet 16 threat

This richly layered squad of standout players for the UNC women's basketball team — all undergraduates — is a collection of quick learners coming of age as they head to the Sweet 16 at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion. Sunday’s clash against No. 1 seed South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m. EDT) will be a rematch of a game the Tar Heels won 74-66 earlier this season. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Sylvia Hatchell Rebounds

Before boarding a plane for California on Thursday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team received some additional motivation. If the Tar Heels win the Stanford Regional, their Hall of Fame coach will join them in Nashville for the Final Four. “I told the girls there’s no reason you can’t get to Nashville,” Hatchell said. “And when you get there I’ll sing and dance with you on the table.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC's Hatchell: return at Final Four 'very doable'

North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell says she could return to coaching while battling leukemia if the Tar Heels reach the Final Four. Fourth-seeded UNC faces No. 1 seed South Carolina in California at this weekend's Stanford Regional. If her team advances, Hatchell said Thursday her doctor has told her that being on the sideline in Nashville, Tenn., is "very doable." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Another gem for UNC's Diamond DeShields

Make it two in a row for Diamond DeShields and North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. For the second game in a row, UNC put on a show. It's what the Tar Heels do best. Good, bad and everything between. But it is always show. On at least that count, they are consistent. And when it comes to DeShields, it's usually a good show. (ESPN.com)

Turner's Take: The Swarm

Michigan State had walloped Hampton 91-61, and the Spartans awaited the Tar Heels. But Carolina took the lessons learned from Sunday and applied them to Tuesday night’s second-round game: Don’t let the other team dictate tempo, take quality shots and be active defensively. The result was a 62-53 win in a game the Tar Heels led by as many as 26. (GoHeels.com)

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