The North Carolina women’s basketball team handed the Bucknell its first loss of the season on Sunday night after a 65-50 victory.
The Tar Heels (3-0) faced their toughest competition so far this season after having blown out their opponents in the past two games by at least 30 points. Bucknell (3-1) made its presence down low known early on and dominated both the offensive and defensive boards. North Carolina’s shots were not falling in the first half, particularly for Stephanie Watts after she went 2-for-11 to take the game into the half with a 30-28 lead for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina enjoyed a stronger offensive second half behind Watts, who finished the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth career double-double. Bucknell had previously won 12 straight regular season games, but could not carry over enough momentum to complete the game. The Tar Heels pushed the lead to 11 with five minutes to go in the fourth period and did not look back.