- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (AP) - Heather Claytor scored a season-high 17 points while Italee Lucas and Jessica Breeland added 17 each as third-seeded North Carolina beat No. 14 seed UCF 85-80 Saturday in the NCAA tournament’s opening round.

North Carolina will play No. 6 seed Purdue or 11th-seeded Charlotte on Monday night in the Oklahoma City Regional’s second round.

The Tar Heels (28-6) improved to 15-3 all-time in first-round games but never led by more than 14 against pesky UCF whose roster’s filled with only sophomores and freshmen.

The Knights (17-17) were making their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999.

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