The North Carolina women’s basketball team extended its win streak to five after an assertive victory over Presbyterian College that saw the Tar Heels score a season-high 91 points and make a season-high 12 shots from behind the arc.
Redshirt junior Paris Kea led the team with 23 points with a career-high five 3-pointers, while first-year forward Jaelynn Murray was perfect from the floor, scoring 10 points on 4-4 shooting.
This win streak is North Carolina’s largest in over two seasons, but head coach Sylvia Hatchell is expecting bigger and better things from her team.
“We need some longer win streaks than that,” Hatchell said. “I think these kids are gonna do that, so we’re just going to keep working hard.”
The Tar Heels led in almost every category, including points in the paint (36 to 12), bench points (27 to 9), second chance points (12 to 5) and points off turnovers (23 to 17).
The team played sloppily at times, including a stretch in the third quarter when it scored just five points in around six minutes. Turnovers plagued the team the entire game: four players had four or more turnovers for a total of 23, which tied UNC's season high set against Colorado on Nov. 12.
Janelle Bailey struggled to stay on the court with foul trouble — fouling out for the third time this season — but not before scoring 11 points on 4-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds.
“(The officials) are saying she’s hooking,” Hatchell said about the situation. “But I’d rather have to back her off a little bit than have to light the fire and get her being physical in there.”