The North Carolina women's basketball team doubled down on its success in the Paradise Jam at the University of the Virgin Islands, defeating No. 17 South Florida, 71-69.
Redshirt junior guard carried the scoring load for the Tar Heels (5-1) with 24 points to lead the way over the Bulls (4-2).
UNC led the game early and a fastbreak layup by junior guard Taylor Koenen made it a 14-11 score in the first quarter. The Bulls came roaring back with a 7-0 run, started by first-year guard Sydni Harvey, who hit a 3-pointer and a layup. A pair of free throws by junior transfer Shayla Bennett ended UNC's scoring drought, but the Bulls still led 20-16 after the first quarter of play.
The second quarter shifted in North Carolina's favor. Watts had 13 of her 24 points in the quarter, including three 3-pointers and UNC went into halftime leading, 35-31. Watts paced all scorers in the first half with 18 points while shooting an efficient 75 percent from the field.