Thanks to balanced scoring and steady interior defense, the North Carolina women’s basketball team won its fifth game in a row, defeating Presbyterian, 91-56, on Tuesday night at Carmichael Arena.
UNC (7-2) jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, but Presbyterian (1-7) rallied back thanks to a barrage of three-point attempts and seized a 13-11 lead after Mattie Kennedy knocked down an open three from the corner.
The Tar Heels quickly righted the ship, closing the quarter with a 10-2 run to lead 21-15 after a quarter. UNC dominated the interior, as Presbyterian converted only one of its three shots inside the three-point line for the quarter.
North Carolina dominated the second quarter thanks to steady defense and some consistent scoring, taking a 47-26 lead into halftime. The Tar Heels held the Blue Hose without a made field goal until over halfway through the quarter, forcing eight turnovers and allowing just nine attempts for the quarter.
On offense, UNC shot over 50 percent for the first half, paced by Paris Kea with 14 and Janelle Bailey, who scored 11 points in the half. The Tar Heels also dominated their offensive glass, out-rebounding Presbyterian 5-3 on that side in the second quarter.