The North Carolina women’s basketball team defeated Wisconsin 72-59 during the annual ACC-Big Ten Women’s Challenge. UNC dominated the court, showing this year was going to be different.
The Tar Heels (6-1) started off strong against the Badgers (2-6), scoring 23 points in the first quarter. Between sophomore guard Destinee Walker scoring three buckets and sophomore guard Stephanie Watts knocking down two 3-pointers, North Carolina gained an early edge of Wisconsin. While possession was even during the first half, UNC maximized scoring opportunities, going into halftime with a 47-25 lead.
Wisconsin came out pounding after halftime, closing the gap of the game. The Badgers scored 34 points during the second half. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Tar Heels. Despite a low-scoring second half, UNC held onto the lead, playing a scrappy game. The Tar Heels sought ways to optimize their shots while only having nine turnovers.
With this win, North Carolina continues its winning record as well as having a 7-3 record for this challenge. The win contributed to the ACC adding another tally to their record for this tournament.
Who stood out?
During the first half, redshirt sophomore guard Paris Kea stood out, with her and Watts scoring 12 points apiece. She also hit a buzzer beater, sending UNC into the half with 22-point lead.