No. 17 UNC women rout visiting Pitt in ACC action
Allisha Gray and Diamond DeShields combined for 40 points in leading No. 17 North Carolina to an 86-50 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night at Carmichael Arena.
North Carolina (19-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second game in the last four days on the strength of Gray’s team-leading 21 points, her third-straight game with at least 20 points. DeShields finished up with 19 points.
Pittsburgh (10-15, 2-9) got 14 points from Asia Logan, but still lost for the fourth-consecutive outing in its first season in the ACC. Brianna Kiesel, the Panthers top scorer at 17 ppg, was held to eight points on 2-of-13 shooting.
The Panthers made their first shot of the game, then preceded to miss 13 in a row, allowing Carolina to run out to a 15-2 lead. McDaniel scored seven of her eight points in that stretch to give the Tar Heels an early cushion.
A DeShields’ jumper from the baseline made it 19-4, forcing the Panthers to burn their first timeout.
The lead expanded to 31-11 after Gray’s second three-pointer of the first half. She scored a team-leading 11 points in the opening half, giving her 30 points in the last two halves of basketball when you include the 19 point scored in the second half of the victory over Duke on Monday.
Pittsburgh ran off the next seven points to get within 13, 31-18, however, Brittany Rountree later made a three-pointer from well beyond the arc to make it 38-20 with just over three minutes left before intermission.
A layup in the final minute by N’Dea Bryant gave Carolina a 42-25 lead at the break. She scored 10 of UNC’s 34 bench points.
Gray knocked down another three-pointer to open the second half scoring for the Tar Heels. Later, a jumper from Danielle Butts put Carolina up 64-35 with 12:35 to go.
The lead grew to 32 points, 72-40, when Jessica Washington buried a three-pointer in the corner with exactly 10:00 minutes remaining. The Tulsa, Okla., native had five points and five assists.
Bryant later gave Carolina its largest lead of the night, 84-48, with 3:13 to go.
UNC will play its next two games on the road, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at No. 10 N.C. State (ESPN2).
|No. 17 NORTH CAROLINA 86, PITTSBURGH 50|
Percentages: FG .279, FT .737.
3-Point Goals: 2-21, .095 (Logan 1-3, Kiesel 1-3, Welch 0-2, Gordon 0-2, A. Anderson 0-3, Briggs 0-8).
Team Rebounds: 6.
Blocked Shots: 3 (Kiesel 2, Davis).
Turnovers: 19 (Kiesel 3, McManus 3, Davis 2, Briggs 2, Welch 2, Gordon 2, Golden, Potvin, Logan, A. Anderson).
Steals: 8 (Briggs 2, Kiesel 2, Gordon, McManus, Logan, A. Anderson).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .486, FT .500.
3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Gray 4-5, McDaniel 1-2, Rountree 1-3, Washington 1-3, DeShields 1-5, Coleman 0-1, Butts 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 4.
Blocked Shots: 5 (Mavunga 3, McDaniel 2).
Turnovers: 13 (DeShields 2, Fuller 2, Bryant 2, Washington 2, Mavunga 2, Gray, Coleman, McDaniel).
Steals: 9 (Gray 2, Johnson, Butts, Washington, McDaniel, DeShields, Coleman, Rountree).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Daryl Humphrey, Dan Outlaw, Karen Gruca.