Until the North Carolina women’s basketball team’s 75-49 win against Coastal Carolina, freshman Antoinette Bannister had only scored 13 points in the four games she saw playing time.
But in Sunday’s win, the 5-feet-10 guard scored a team-high and career-high 13 in her 19 minutes on the hardwood.
“This is the best she’s played all year,” coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “She showed what a player she could be. She’s had a conditioning issue so far this year, but she played really, really well today and we need her to continue that.”
Bannister exploited Coastal Carolina’s weak perimeter defense, shooting 3-of-5 from behind the arc.
Though the Tar Heels led the Chanticleers by 11 points at halftime, they couldn’t close the door on them until midway through the second half by putting together a three-minute 13-2 run.