Tar Heels top Kentucky to return to Sweet 16

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Now both Tar Heel basketball teams are going to the Sweet 16s, just like Duke’s.

UNC forward Jessica Breland
  • Photo courtesy UNC athletics
  • UNC forward Jessica Breland
Italee Lucas led the way with 22 points while fellow senior Jessica Breland added 18, giving No. 14- ranked and No. 5 seed UNC an 86-74 win over 17th-ranked and No. 4 seed Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament in Albuquerque.

The Tar Heels (27-8) will play the regional’s top seed, Stanford, on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

Krista Gross added 14 points and 10 rebounds for UNC, while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 10 rebounds to go with her seven points.

Victoria Dunlap led Kentucky (25-9) with 23 points, followed by A’dia Mathies with 13, Keyla Snowden 12 and Maegan Conwright 10.

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