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UNC will try to overcome a rough patch that started with a loss to UConn/AP

By Tracy Schultz

Conference supremacy is on the line as some of the top teams in women's hoops take the court this weekend.

-- North Carolina's loss to Connecticut on Monday wasn't such a surprise. Heck, it was expected by most, considering just how good the Huskies are this season. The 30-point margin might have been a bit of a shock.

It's nothing compared to the way the Tar Heels responded in their first game since suffering their first loss of the season. North Carolina squandered a 15-point lead on Thursday, falling to unranked Georgia Tech, 66-62, marking the first time since the 2002-03 season that the Tar Heels have lost two straight. With Maryland coming up on Sunday, that could become three. The Terrapins have yet to beat anyone in the current Top 25, but they've played well against conference opponents and came close to pulling off an upset against Duke before losing by three. 
 
-- Oklahoma will face Texas on Sunday and Baylor on Wednesday. The Longhorns have hit a few bumps since winning their first 11 games, but they're 2-1 in the Big 12. While the Longhorns have improved since topping Oklahoma in the Sooners' home finale last March, Oklahoma's grown up, too.  All-everything Courtney Paris has had plenty of help this season. Freshman Whitney Hand has added a long-range threat with nearly four three-pointers a game in Big 12 play while Ashley Paris has also increased her production.


-  Florida State is 4-0 in the ACC for just the second time and will try to make it 5-0 for the first time. The Seminoles, whose biggest nonconference win came against Texas A&M, will face Virginia. Winning in Charlottesville won't be easy as the Cavaliers are unbeaten at home this season.

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