UNC Basketball: Tar Heels come from behind, top High Point for 3-0 start

UNC women’s basketball team wins second game in as many days, as Tar Heels top High Point 95-70 on Sunday afternoon.

The North Carolina Tar Heels trailed by as much as 21 points, but stormed back to beat High Point by a final score of 95-70 on Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels got a team-high 21 points from reserve guard Stephanie Watts, who connected on 9-of-15 shots from the floor, and 2-of-6 from the three-point line. She also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds on the afternoon, and had team-highs in assists (6) and steals (5) for the undefeated Tar Heels.

North Carolina got 15 points a piece from a pair of freshman reserves, guard Alyssa Ustby and forward Anya Poole. Ustby added 11 rebounds and two steals, while Poole grabbed six boards to go along with an assist and a block. Courtney Banghart and the Tar Heels got 15 points from a third player, senior center Janelle Bailey, along with nine rebounds and a steal in 21 minutes of play. Petra Holešínská was the fifth Tar Heels to score in double-digits against the Panthers on Sunday. She notched 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.


The Tar Heels shot 37-for-79 (46.8 percent) from the floor, and 4-for-14 from beyond the arc. They connected on 17-of-22 from the free throw line, outrebounded High Point by 27 and committed eight fewer turnovers. North Carolina trailed by 21 points when it was 32-11 in the first quarter, but rallied to close the gap to 43-38 at halftime. Despite trailing by five points heading into the second half, the Tar Heels led by five at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Panthers were led by Skyler Curran, who scored a game-high 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the floor and 5-of-14 from long-distance. She also gathered a team-high eight rebounds for the game, but committed five costly turnovers in 27 minutes of play. Jordan Edwards was the only other Panther to score in double figures with 10. She also had a game-high seven assists, but shot just 2-for-9 for the game and 1-for-7 from three-point range.

The 3-0 Tar Heels will take the court next when South Carolina State travels to Chapel Hill for a Thursday night game at Carmichael Arena. Stick with Keeping It Heel for more on that game, as well as all the latest on the UNC women’s basketball program.