On Tuesday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team defeated Rice University, 71-50, to extend its winning streak to three games.
North Carolina (8-4) was able to put on an incredible defensive effort in the first half against Rice (7-3), giving up just 16 points in the entire half in the first game of the Carolinas Challenge. The Tar Heels also outscored their opponent in every single quarter, displayed some great ball movement to get scoring opportunities and shot 38 percent from beyond the arc to create a well-balanced effort on both ends of the floor.
UNC was able to dominate Rice in almost every aspect of the box score. The team outshot its opponent by almost 15 percent, outrebounded it by three, had fewer turnovers and over double the number of assists.
Who stood out?
Sophomore center Janelle Bailey and junior guards Taylor Koenen and Shayla Bennett were the driving forces behind North Carolina’s performance.
Bailey led all players in scoring with 19 points while contributing 12 rebounds in route to a double-double. She was also able to prove her range by shooting 50 percent from 3-point range. This was her seventh double-double in 12 games.
Koenen may not have reached double-digit scoring, but the 6-foot-2 guard was able to grab 12 boards, tying her teammate Bailey and Rice’s Erica Ogwumike for the most in the game.
Bennett joined Bailey in reaching a double-double, however she was able to reach hers by moving the ball around effectively, picking up 10 of North Carolina’s 15 assists.