It was a sloppy affair, but the North Carolina women’s basketball team defeated Appalachian State 56-43 on Sunday for the team’s fourth consecutive victory — despite shooting just 29.8 percent from the field.
Appalachian State (1-7) got the ball rolling, hitting a 3-pointer to start the game. First-year big Jaelynn Murray answered with a three of her own to tie the game at three for UNC (6-2). Two minutes later senior guard Jamie Cherry followed her teammate with another long ball, as part of a 8-0 Tar Heel run that made it 8-3.
After the Tar Heels got the lead up to 12-7, the Mountaineers came roaring back to tie the game at 12. Redshirt junior guard Paris Kea answered with a three-pointer to regain the lead at 15-12. The Mountaineers had a chance to tie the game at the end of the first quarter, but Mountaineer guard Tierra Wilson slipped and airballed a shot at the buzzer.
The first points of the second quarter came on free throws from UNC first-year big Jocelyn Jones to extend the lead to five. Two possessions later, the lead grew to eight when Kea found Cherry for her second 3-pointer of the game. After a jumper by Kea, the Tar Heel lead grew to 22-12.
The Mountaineers came back, notching eight straight points to make it 22-20 with 6:05 left in the half. Neither team failed to score for over two minutes before Kea hit a mid-range jumper. The Mountaineers answered with a three from Nicola Mathews to cut the deficit to one. A few possessions later, the Mountaineers took a 26-24 lead after another made three.