CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Xylina McDaniel scored 15 points with nine rebounds as No. 11 North Carolina cruised past Virginia 71-60 on Thursday night to win its 11th straight game.
The Tar Heels (18-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who came in leading the nation in steals (14.9 per game) had 14 steals and scored 32 points off 24 Cavaliers turnovers.
North Carolina led 23-12 with 11:27 to go in the first half en route to a 42-22 halftime advantage.
The Tar Heels expanded their cushion to 27 with 13:29 left, then Virginia made a 13-2 run to get to 60-44. After going more than 5 1/2 minutes without a field goal, North Carolina pushed the lead to 21 before the Cavaliers closed the final 3:52 with a 10-0 burst.
Waltiea Rolle and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 14 points apiece for North Carolina.
Telia McCall and Kelsey Wolfe scored 13 each for Virginia (11-6, 3-3).
espnW's Mechelle Voepel says it is alarming that women's basketball stands alone in the latest Notice of Allegations that North Carolina received from the NCAA and explains how the notice has impacted the Tar Heels' recruiting.
ESPN women's basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme explains why he placed Connecticut at number four in his current preseason rankings and whether it would be good for the sport if the Huskies didn't win the national title next season.