Tar Heels find their offense to top Coastal Carolina
No. 19 North Carolina bounced back from a miserable offensive showing with a 75-49 victory over Coastal Carolina on Sunday.
Antoinette Bannister came off the bench to score 13 points for the Tar Heels (10-1), whose 49-21 victory over North Carolina Central last Wednesday was their lowest score in a victory in 37 years, matching a 49-40 win over Virginia in the 1975-76 season.
They had almost that many by halftime against the Chanticleers (6-3), building a 39-27 lead at the break as Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored all 11 of her points.
North Carolina put the game out of reach with 13 second-half steals, giving the Tar Heels 21 for the game. Krista Gross, who also had nine rebounds, made six steals for the Tar Heels and Ruffin-Pratt had five.
Angelica Henry scored 15 points to pace Coastal Carolina, which shot 26.7 percent (16 of 60) for the game.
Megan Buckland chipped in 10 points for UNC.
Erika Johnson made her first appearance for UNC after transferring from California last December. She finished with eight points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes against the Chanticleers.
Coastal (6-3) closed within four late in the first half before a 12-3 run gave UNC a 39-27 lead heading into the break.
The two teams combined for just three points in the first five minutes after halftime before Carolina put together a run that effectively ended the game. Bannister made three-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it 56-32 and a steal and score by Brittany Rountree extended the lead to 26. Coastal would never get back within 20 as the Tar Heels improved to 25-5 all-time in the Myrtle Beach area and a perfect 15-0 against the Chants.
All 11 healthy players scored for Carolina, but freshman forward Xylina McDaniel missed her second straight game with a sore hamstring. Waltiea Rolle returned to score four points
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in just nine minutes but was limited due to an ankle injury. Hillary Fuller also missed out with a lingering foot injury.
UNC continues its annual pre-Christmas trip to the Grand Strand Wednesday when the Tar Heels face East Carolina at 7 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.