“They were packing it in in a match-up zone, so that’s why we couldn’t get the ball in there to her,” Hatchell said. “Krista (Gross) was able to get open, get the ball inside and start getting it in there. And when we did that, they went man-to-man.”
Ema Reskoska, at 6-foot-4, was the tallest defender the Highlanders could match up with Rolle. But Reskoska was too slow moving up and down the court to stay on Rolle. She played just 17 minutes, the fewest of any Radford starter.
“I was outrunning her,” Rolle said. “I was just running the floor. She couldn’t keep up.”
Reskoska also didn’t contribute much on offense. She finished the game with two points, as well as two shots that Rolle blocked with ease.
With Reskoska a non-factor, Radford mostly used a combination of their next tallest players — 6-foot-2 La-She’ Walker and 6-foot-1 Sarah Tabb to attempt to contain Rolle. But Walker and Tabb didn’t have the height to defend her or challenge her on the offensive end.
Walker had just three points, and Tabb had four. At multiple times during the game, Tabb ended up sprawled on the floor while trying to guard Rolle or attack her inside.
Rolle said she was too tall for Walker and Tabb to successfully guard her, and that none of the three Radford defenders that guarded her during the game was a challenging matchup.
With Rolle dominating the shorter Highlanders, forward Xylina McDaniel — the only other Tar Heel in double figures, with 16 points — said UNC players even occasionally passed up open shots to keep getting Rolle the ball.
“Waltiea was killing,” McDaniel said.
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