One game after the biggest win in program history, the North Carolina women’s basketball team took care of business against a middle-of-the-road conference opponent in Georgia Tech, 91-90, on Thursday night at Carmichael Arena.
Redshirt senior guard Paris Kea, who led the Tar Heels (13-9, 4-4 ACC) with 29 points against the Yellow Jackets (13-8, 3-5 ACC), struggled early. But it didn’t take long for UNC’s star to find her rhythm and take over the contest to give the Tar Heels their third straight win.
Kea had zero points in the opening quarter and shot 0-for-5 from the floor. When she sunk her first basket of the night — a mid-range jumper that pushed UNC’s lead back to nine points less than two minutes into the second quarter — it brought the crowd to its feet.
They knew it was just a matter of time before she found her touch.
The 5-foot-9 guard scored two more times in the next 2:19 to begin her second quarter scoring spree. Kea finished the half with 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the floor.
UNC led by as many as 14 points in the first half and went into halftime with a 11-point advantage.
Redshirt junior guard Stephanie Watts joined Kea as the only other Tar Heel to score double figures before the second half. Watts had 10 points and hit two 3-pointers, adding to the team’s nine first-half makes from beyond the arc.
But Georgia Tech came out in the second half with a different energy. First-year guard Elizabeth Balogun continued to dominate for the Yellow Jackets and the Tar Heels didn’t have an answer.