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      NCAA Women's Tournament: Lady Tar Heels beat Lady Gamecocks

      The North Carolina Lady Tar Heels beat top-seed South Carolina in the Stanford Region semifinals.

      STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford Regional semifinals on Sunday night.

      Brittany Rountree converted a pair of free throws with 1:14 left and two more at the 36.4-second mark to help seal it for the No. 4 seed Tar Heels (27-9), who backed up their December victory against the Gamecocks with another on the NCAA tournament stage.

      The Tar Heels will play in Tuesday night's regional final against second-seeded Stanford (32-3), an 82-57 winner on its home court against No. 3 seed Penn State in Sunday's first game.

      Alaina Coates hit several key baskets down the stretch on the way to 22 points for South Carolina (29-5). Khadijah Sessions, a former standout at Myrtle Beach High was held scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting.