Women's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, February 2

Feb. 2, 2011

No. 15 Heels Upend Florida State, 84-75

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - 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 15th-ranked North Carolina to an 84-75 win over No. 19 Florida State.

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.