The No. 17 North Carolina women’s basketball team (3-0) defeated the Hampton Pirates (0-2), 62-32, on Wednesday morning. It was the Tar Heels’ effort on defense that completely shut down the Pirates in the game.
In all four quarters, UNC held Hampton to 11 points or less. With Hampton unable to put the ball in the net and turning it over 29 times, North Carolina had no trouble building momentum throughout the game.
As the Tar Heels took the court, they were met with support from about 1,500 local school kids.
“This is always a game we really look forward to,” UNC head coach Courtney Banghart said. “Thinking about all those kids and remembering being, a long time ago now, but being one of those kids. [It's] really cool the energy that they brought.”
Early defensive pressure from graduate guard Lexi Donarski caused several turnovers by Hampton. North Carolina capitalized on fast break opportunities in the first quarter with nine points from beyond the arc in transition.