UNC dominates Charleston Southern
After a 10-day break for exams, No. 15 North Carolina easily passed it first test back on the basketball court with a 100-49 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday at Carmichael Arena.
The Tar Heels (8-2), who last played on Dec. 4 in a win over Nebraska, beat Charleston Southern (3-4) for the ninth straight time
The layoff did not seem to affect the Tar Heels on the offensive end. UNC shot 58.2 percent (39 of 62) from the field.
"I thought we played with intensity and did some really good things out there on the court," said UNC associate head coach Andrew Calder. "We did a good job shooting the basketball but we need to get better with our free throws."
UNC raced to a 24-3 lead, which included a 10-0 run to start the game. The Tar Heels led 49-30 at halftime. The second half saw UNC go on another big 15-0 run in the opening five and a half minutes.
The taller and faster Tar Heels dominated the defensive statistics and easily turned them into points at the other end.
UNC forced 31 Charleston Southern turnovers as the Tar Heels recorded 25 steals. Almost half of UNC's points came directly from turnovers as the Tar Heels scored 47 after Charleston Southern miscues.
In the paint, it was much the same story. UNC scored 54 points inside and outrebounded the Buccaneers 43-37.
The Tar Heels had five players reach double figures and were led by Xylina McDaniel with 15 points. Stephanie Mavunga added 14 points and 11 rebounds and N'Dea Bryant and Allisha Gray each finished with 14 points. For Bryant, it was a career-high scoring day as she easily surpassed her previous high of eight points from last season.
"My teammates got me the ball in the right place at the right time," said Bryant, who was 6 of 8 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the line. "It was nothing different than any other game than they were finding me with more openings and better shots."
Mavunga said she was happy get back into game action after nothing but hard practices the last week and a half.
"On the court, it didn't feel like we've been off for 10 days but that's because we've had some tough practices," Mavunga said. "They were some of the hardest practices of the year and I was looking forward to a game."
Charleston Southern did find a little offensive success in the first half.
After trailing by 21 points, Charleston Southern cut the lead back to 11 points on one occasion and 13 points on another when senior Erin Bratcher hit one of her four 3-pointers in the first half.
Bratcher, a senior who played at Raleigh Ravenscoft, led Charleston Southern with 14 points, all in the first half. She missed all seven of her 3-point attempts in the second half, though.
UNC scored at least 100 points for the second time this season and had their second-largest victory margin since beating Coastal Carolina 106-52 on Nov. 21. It also marked the third time this season that every UNC player who entered the game scored.
No. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 100, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 49
Percentages: FG .271, FT .625.
3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (Bratcher 4-12, Karlsone 1-1, Dotson 1-3, Fowler 1-4, Brown 0-1, Jarvis 0-4).
Team Rebounds: 9.
Blocked Shots: 1 (Maximilien).
Turnovers: 31 (Jarvis 6, Maximilien 5, Mann 5, Fowler 4, Karlsone 3, Brown 2, Bratcher 2, Lebedeva, Lakes, Dotson, Kirkpatrick).
Steals: 7 (Dotson 2, Jarvis 2, Fowler 2, Bratcher).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .582, FT .643.
3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (McDaniel 2-2, Butts 1-1, Rountree 1-5, Coleman 0-1, Washington 0-1, Gray 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 11 (McDaniel 4, Mavunga 3, Fuller 2, Summers 2).
Turnovers: 16 (DeShields 5, Coleman 4, Butts 3, Washington 2, Mavunga, Rountree).
Steals: 25 (Coleman 5, Bryant 4, McDaniel 3, Gray 2, Mavunga 2, Rountree 2, Butts 2, Johnson 2, DeShields 2, Fuller).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Bruce Morris, Timothy Bryant, Bonnie Pettus.