The UNC women's basketball team won 76-46 over Elon University in Carmichael Arena last Friday. But the 30-point victory wasn't all smooth sailing for the Tar Heels.
First-year Malu Tshitenge led the way in scoring, finishing with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds – six of which were on the offensive glass.
North Carolina started the game off slow, turning the ball over four times in the first quarter and shooting only 3-13 from the field. Head coach Courtney Banghart said the defensive effort from Elon was not something the Tar Heels had seen this season.
“I just trusted them to settle into the game a little bit,” Banghart said. “We haven’t seen that pressure in a while, we’ve been mostly focusing on our play on the defensive side of the ball. We just had to get used to it and play through it. Its good this early in the year to have that adversity.”
UNC's head coach said she would’ve liked her team to execute better on grabbing both defensive and offensive rebounds, but she praised the effort of Tshitenge. The 6-foot-3 forward averages 15.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and has now notched a double-double two games in a row — she collected 15 points and 16 rebounds against Charleston Southern.