Last season at Virginia, Cavalier guard Ataira Franklin scored 29 points on the Tar Heels in a double-overtime loss to UNC — a stat that was not lost on North Carolina guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt during Thursday night’s 71-60 win.
“We knew that she was going to come in and try to score and try to take over in the second half when they were down,” Ruffin-Pratt said “We kind of keyed into that from last year’s perspective.”
The Tar Heels held Franklin to just five points. Franklin, who averages 11.9 points per game, also recorded two assists while turning the ball over four times.
UNC (18-1, 6-0) entered Thursday night’s contest leading the nation in steals with 14.9 per game and stayed close to pace against the Cavaliers, converting 14 steals into 32 points.
At halftime, UNC led UVa. 17-0 in points off turnovers.