At UNC's halftime shootaround, Lexi Donarski stood in the corner and put up shots for five straight minutes.
After scoring the first 10 points for No. 23 North Carolina in a 79-68 win over No. 13 Louisville, the Iowa State transfer didn't score for the remainder of the half.
During the team shootaround on Sunday afternoon, Donarski only took shots from beyond the arc. Some were off the dribble. Others were catch-and-shoot, with all being fed by first-year guard Sydney Barker.
Donarski was just one example of the many transfers who stepped up for UNC on Sunday. The Iowa State transfer, alongside Stanford transfer Indya Nivar and Boston College transfer Maria Gakdeng, combined for 31 points.
A pure 3-point specialist, Donarski has been in a shooting slump as of late. In the four games leading up to Sunday, Donarski had gone 5-21 from downtown — just 23.8 percent.
But, shooters shoot. And against the Cardinals, that’s exactly what Donarski did, making her first two 3-point attempts of the game against the Cardinals and scoring the first 10 points of the game.
“It does feel good to see the ball going in,” Donarski said. “We’ve been working on it a lot. I mean, we get a lot of shots up together and individually every single day outside of practice."
However, head coach Courtney Banghart knows that Donarski’s impact goes further than just hitting shots. Banghart said Donarski’s ability to play positionally sound basketball has opened up the court for the rest of the team, enabling them to exploit open passing lanes and execute backside plays.
Following UNC's win on Sunday, Donarski credited the team to putting her and its other shooters in great positions.