GREENSBORO — Paris Kea wasn’t ready to go home. Not like this, not after her team limped through the end to the regular season by dropping its last nine games.
So on Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the ACC Tournament, she took matters into her own hands. North Carolina defeated Boston College 69-64 in the 12-seed, 13-seed matchup. And it was Kea who led the way, just as she has so many other times this season. Her game-high 28 points came just a day after being named First-Team All-ACC.
“It’s tournament time now so she knows she has to elevate and do what she can do,” head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “And not be so concerned about getting everybody else shots and things like that.”
Kea’s performance was extra special for her due to the people that were in attendance. A large group of her family and friends made the trip to the Greensboro Coliseum to support the talented guard. Kea, who is from Tarboro, N.C., but went to Page High School in Greensboro, had never played in the stadium before and did not take the experience lightly.
“I don’t know, it felt great,” she said with a grin on her face. “Scoring 28 first time playing here, dream come true.”