The No. 14 North Carolina women’s basketball team ran into early foul trouble against UCLA Sunday night, but with freshmen Allisha Gray and Jessica Washington coming off the bench, the Tar Heels were able to cruise past the Bruins, 78-68.
Gray led all players with 30 points and also picked up a double-double for the second game in a row with 10 rebounds.
“Man, Allisha played a great game,” Washington said. “She always goes out there and just goes hard no matter what.
“We are always looking for her, you know to give her an open shot because she’s gonna knock it down.”
That’s exactly what she did against the Bruins, shooting 8-16 from the field and an impressive 6-11 from three-point land. To top off the shooting performance, Gray went to the free throw line eight times and made each one.
“Here’s the thing about Allisha Gray,” coach Andrew Calder said. “She knows when to shoot it and when to drive it. And that’s just instincts that she has for the game which are very, very good.”
But what Calder was most impressed with, was her rebounding.
“The first thing I love about Allisha is that she had 10 rebounds,” he said. “She had four offensive rebounds and six defensive rebounds. She’s done a great job going to the glass and giving us second opportunity chances.”
With UCLA out-rebounding the Tar Heels 52-43, it was a huge boost for Gray to grab 10. Washington said that the deficit could be traced to a poor job of boxing out.