The No. 19 North Carolina women's basketball team defeated Wake Forest, 71-58, in an afternoon matchup at Carmichael Arena on Sunday.
Once again, junior Alyssa Ustby and redshirt senior Eva Hodgson remained out of the lineup because of injury.
Junior guard Deja Kelly scored UNC's first eight points with two midrange jumpers and a four-point play after getting fouled on a corner 3-pointer. While the Tar Heels got off to a hot start offensively, they lagged behind on the defensive end as the Demon Deacons had several open looks from behind the arc and were able to draw fouls to get to the free-throw line.
The teams remained deadlocked for most of the first quarter, but Kelly missed her last four shots of the period as Wake Forest got out to a 20-17 lead. That lead wouldn't hold for long, as UNC started the second quarter with a 9-0 run kickstarted by a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer from sophomore forward Destiny Adams.
A fast break layup from Jewel Spear and a 3-pointer from Olivia Summiel gave Wake Forest its first points of the quarter after a four-minute dry spell. With two minutes remaining before the half, Spear made a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer from the wing to put the Demon Deacons up, 32-30. Junior guard Kennedy-Todd Williams responded with a triple on the other end, and the two teams traded buckets until halftime. North Carolina held a four-point advantage at the break, 40-36.
Redshirt first-year guard Kayla McPherson picked up her fourth foul just 46 seconds into the third quarter, immediately sending her back to the bench. UNC still started out strong with a 6-0 run, led by forward Anya Poole, to extend the lead to double digits.
When Summiel scored five straight points to cut the lead to six, UNC first-year Paulina Paris hit a triple on the other end to widen the gap. Kelly scored seven third-quarter points to ensure that UNC held a 56-42 lead heading into the final period.
The Tar Heels continued to be relentless with quick scores, and easy baskets in the paint from Teonni Key, Adams and Paris gave UNC a 20-point lead with 6:25 to play.