UNC Basketball: Courtney Banghart, Tar Heels get first road win of season

Courtney Banghart and the UNC women’s basketball program picked up their first road win of the season on Sunday afternoon.

North Carolina Tar Heels
Pittsburgh Panthers

Janelle Bailey scored 22 points and pulled down six rebounds, as the North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Pittsburgh Panthers by a final score of 81-72 at Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday afternoon. It was the Tar Heels’ first road victory of the season after losing five straight, all of which came at the hands of Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Bailey hit just 6-of-14 shots from the floor, but connected on 10-of-11 at the free throw line. Stephanie Watts scored 19 points on a 5-for-14 shooting performance that included 3-of-6 from three-point range, and 6-of-6 at the foul line. She also had six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in a game-high 40 minutes of play.

Reserve guard Kennedy Todd-Williams was the only other Tar Heel to score in double-figures. She had 12 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds and four assists. Petra Holešínská scored just six points, but pulled down five rebounds and dished out a team-high six assists.

The Tar Heels hit less than 39 percent of their shots for the game, but did connect on 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) from beyond the arc. They also hit 26-of-31 at the charity stripe, and committed just nine turnovers to the Panthers’ 14.

Pittsburgh was led by Jayla Everett, who had 22 points and four assists in 32 minutes. Dayshanette Harris added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while reserve guard Destiny Strother scored a dozen. As a team, the Panthers shot 27-for-72 (37.5 percent) overall, and 8-for-30 (26.7 percent) from three-point range. They also missed six of their 16 attempts at the free throw line, further illustrating their difficulty getting the ball in the basket against the Tar Heels.

The loss drops Pittsburgh to 4-9 overall, and 2-8 in conference play. The Tar Heels, on the other hand, improve to 10-8 on the season, with a record of 5-8 against ACC competition.

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