Virginia Falls at No. 14 North Carolina, 64-52
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior guard Paulisha Kellum (Upper Marlboro, Md.) led all scorers with 15 points, but the Virginia women’s basketball team fell on the road to No. 14 North Carolina, 64-52, Friday night at Carmichael Auditorium.
North Carolina improved to 18-3 overall and 4-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Virginia’s record dropped to 12-10 overall (1-5 ACC).
In the first half, the Cavaliers jumped out to a 10-4 lead on a 3-pointer by Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.) at the 16:46 mark. North Carolina quickly rallied, however, and took its own six-point lead at 24-18 on a basket by Latifah Coleman.
A 9-2 Carolina run ensued and the Tar Heels took their largest lead of the half at the 3:00 mark, 35-20, on She’la White’s third 3-pointer of the period.
Virginia battled to cut the lead to nine points, 35-26, at the halftime break.
With 11 minutes left in the game and North Carolina leading 48-37, the Tar Heels put together a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to take a commanding 55-37 lead.
From there, Virginia got no closer than 12 points down the stretch.
The Cavaliers were out-rebounded, 52-34, and North Carolina scored 18 second-chance points.
Laura Broomfield had a double-double for North Carolina with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while White was the Tar Heels’ leading scorer with 14 points.
Franklin finished with eight points and five rebounds for UVa.
It will be a quick turnaround for UVa, as it travels to Clemson for a Sunday (Jan. 30) contest. Tip-off at Littlejohn Coliseum is scheduled for 2 p.m., and live statistics will be available at VirginiaSports.com. The game will air locally on WINA 1070 AM in the Charlottesville area.