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DeShields helps No. 13 UNC women rally past Wake Forest 69-65 in 2nd round of ACC tournament

  • Wake Forest's Dearica Hamby (25) drives past North Carolina's Jessica Washington (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Wake Forest's Dearica Hamby (25) drives past North Carolina's Jessica Washington (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina's Allisha Gray, center, looks to pass as she is trapped by Wake Forest's Jill Brunori, left, and Millesa Calicott, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    North Carolina's Allisha Gray, center, looks to pass as she is trapped by Wake Forest's Jill Brunori, left, and Millesa Calicott, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Teams stand near their benches as the arena is lit only by emergency lights after a power outage during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between North Carolina and Wake Forest at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Teams stand near their benches as the arena is lit only by emergency lights after a power outage during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between North Carolina and Wake Forest at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 17 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:44 left to help No. 13 North Carolina beat Wake Forest 69-65 in Thursday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-8) trailed 39-27 at halftime and 62-61 before DeShields' 3. She hit two clinching free throws with 10.4 seconds left, sending UNC into Friday's quarterfinals against eighth-ranked and third-seeded Maryland.

Dearica Hamby scored 29 points and Chelsea Douglas added 20 for the 11th-seeded Demon Deacons (15-16) in a game delayed more than 20 minutes by a power outage early in the second half.

Wake Forest shot 59 percent before halftime, but went 6-for-23 (26 percent) afterward in its 12th straight loss to UNC dating back to 2004.

UNC played the second half without second-leading scorer Allisha Gray, who hit her head on the court while being fouled late in the first half.