by Mike Potter
UNC plays for state-line bragging rights today in the Tar Heels' annual visit to Myrtle Beach.
The No. 9 Heels will take on South Carolina (6-3) at around 3 p.m. in the middle game of the Carolinas Challenge tripleheader at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. All six teams in the event have winning records.
Francis Marion (8-0) will face Bluefield (8-4) at 1 p.m., with Coastal Carolina (7-3) facing Savannah State (8-5) in the nightcap that is supposed to start at 5 p.m. Right.
UNC has played at least one game in Myrtle Beach each year since 1994 under Coach Sylvia Hatchell (pictured).
Dawn Staley's Gamecocks, 4-0 against teams from North Carolina this season, are looking for their third straight win over an ACC opponent after defeating visiting N.C. State and Wake Forest in back-to-back games in Columbia.
No. 9 UNC vs. South Carolina
[Sunday, 3 p.m., Myrtle Beach Convention Center]
UNC leads series 7-6.
Records: USC 6-3, UNC 8-1.
Audio: WCHL-AM 1360; TarHeelBlue.com; GamecocksOnline.com.
Coaches' records - USC: Dawn Staley 148-101, 16-21 at USC; UNC: Sylvia Hatchell: 825-283, 549-203 at UNC.
Leading scorers - USC: Valerie Nainima 17.7; UNC: Italee Lucas 16.0.
Leading rebounders - USC: Valerie Bone 9.2; UNC: Laura Broomfield 8.1.
Assist leaders - USC: Samone Kennedy 3.2; UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.7.