The North Carolina women’s basketball team defeated Marshall, 75-53, on Wednesday at Carmichael Arena for its fourth straight win this season.
Though the home team was clearly better than its opponent, the first quarter was evenly matched as the Tar Heels and the Thundering Herd fought to find an offensive rhythm. Both teams struggled with low field-goal percentages in the opening minutes hovering around 35 percent from the field. North Carolina (8-1), led by six first-quarter points from guard Jamie Cherry, handed over six turnovers to Marshall (5-3) and dug a 20-16 hole headed into the second quarter.
But the UNC offense took control simply by cutting down on mistakes. The Tar Heels got on a run early and outscored the Thundering Herd 25-7 in the quarter to create a healthy cushion.
North Carolina commanded a double-digit lead the rest of the way. By the end of the game, the Tar Heels controlled every category on the stat sheet except rebounds, where Marshall held a one-rebound edge.
Who stood out?
As usual, the offensive game plan in Wednesday’s match ran through guard Jamie Cherry. Cherry led the scoring effort for her team with a game-high 19 points.