The North Carolina women’s basketball team snagged its seventh straight victory and head coach Sylvia Hatchell’s 999th career win in a 90-78 victory over Washington in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Huskies (5-5) started off hot and ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 25-23 lead over the Tar Heels (9-2) on Sunday. However, Washington was unable to maintain its lead in the second quarter.
Both teams were tied at 37 heading into a media timeout with 4:57 left to play in the half. After scoring nine points in the first quarter, redshirt junior Paris Kea scored another nine in the second quarter to give UNC a 50-42 lead going into halftime.
At the start of the third quarter, the Tar Heels committed a turnover on an inbounds pass that led to two quick points for the Huskies. From there, Washington went into a full-court press and frustrated UNC’s offense with a series of turnovers. The Huskies came within four points of the Tar Heels, but first-year Janelle Bailey came up big with a much-needed play for North Carolina.
With seven minutes left to go in the third quarter, Bailey secured a huge offensive rebound and was fouled on the put-back attempt. Bailey knocked down both free throws to give the Tar Heels a 56-50 lead.