Both teams continued to compete despite how the scoreboard read, however. North Carolina, even when up 20-plus points, did not stop full court pressing until the break. And even then, the Tar Heels still stuck to the fast-paced, pressure-the-ball gameplan.
At the dawn of the third quarter, North Carolina caused four Elizabeth City State turnovers in its first five possessions. Fast-break buckets were ubiquitous throughout the game, and the Tar Heels eclipsed the century mark on the scoreboard with over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Who stood out?
Watts stood out, just like she will be expected to all season. The guard from Wesley Chapel, North Carolina, was a second team All-ACC selection as well as the ACC Freshman of the Year last season. She notched 35 points in just 24 minutes.
Naomi Van Nes, on the other hand, stood out when she stood up. The 6-foot-6 first-year from Dorchester, England, only scored four points in 13 minutes, but she was a force to be reckoned with on the block. Not to mention, she was able to run the floor with ease — a necessary quality to play on a Hatchell squad.
When was it decided?
The contest was decided within the first couple of minutes of the first quarter, when the Tar Heels made their initial run.
Once the North Carolina 3-point shots started falling, it wasn’t long before fans, players and coaches knew the bottom line of the contest’s narrative.
Why does it matter?
Any preseason contest is a chance to measure where a team is, and Hatchell took full advantage of the opportunity to let her squad run free. North Carolina proved that its gameplan will be just like any other year: Play fast and play tough.
Where do they play next?
North Carolina opens regular season play at 4 p.m. on Friday, when it will take on Alabama State at home.