The practice that followed North Carolina’s 45-point loss to Tennessee on Sunday naturally included a lot of running, but that wasn’t all coach Sylvia Hatchell wanted her team to get out of the defeat.
“We did do a lot of running on Monday,” freshman forward Xylina McDaniel said. “But the practice focused on rebounding and being physical inside the paint. We really just worked on rebounding because that was a weak point in our game.”
Despite turning the ball over 28 times against Radford on Wednesday night, the Tar Heels were nothing if not physical rebounders.
UNC bounced back from the weekend’s 45-point loss to defeat the Highlanders 64-44 in a game that featured 36 total fouls and 47 total turnovers. The whistle blew more often than either coach or any of the fans in attendance would have liked, but Hatchell said she was happy to see her team fix what had ailed it against the Volunteers: North Carolina out-rebounded the Highlanders by 25 after being out-rebounded by 14 in Knoxville.
Senior forward Krista Gross posted a career-high 17 rebounds, while senior center Waltiea Rolle put up a personal-best 24 points. The inside play, as it turned out, wasn’t the problem.