No. 10 North Carolina 71, Wake Forest 56
After a disappointing loss, Italee Lucas wasn’t about to let
North Carolina get off to another slow start.
Lucas scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half as the
10th-ranked Tar Heels beat Wake Forest 71-56 on Thursday night.
North Carolina (17-2, 3-1 ACC) never trailed, jumping to a 12-2
lead before the five-minute mark. Lucas had six points before Wake
Forest got on the board.
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said the fast start was
crucial to the game’s outcome.
”We wanted to come out aggressive on offense and defense.
That’s sort of a mentality, a mindset we have, just so we get back
to doing what we’re known for, going after people. We do a lot
better when we’re aggressive.”
The Tar Heels struggled against No. 2 Connecticut on Monday,
allowing the Huskies to jump out to a huge early lead.
The cold-shooting Demon Deacons (10-10, 1-3) never mounted a
serious threat to North Carolina, despite holding them scoreless
for the final four minutes of the first half, which ended
Wake Forest scored six points during that span and added the
first two points of the second half, cutting the lead to 36-24.
North Carolina responded with a 9-1 run, sparked by Laura
Broomfield’s two inside baskets.
Broomfield had a career-high 19 points and added 11 rebounds.
She played most of the second half as Jessica Breland sat out the
final 20 minutes with what is described as a minor left knee
injury. Breland is schedule to have an MRI on Friday.
Broomfield said her performance was an extension of North
”You have to bring your A game every day. You never know when
it’s going to be your turn. You have to bring intensity every
Wake Forest outrebounded the bigger Tar Heels 53-51 but was
unable to get much offense from those rebounds. Wake coach Mike
Petersen praised his team’s effort but lamented its slow start and
inability to score.
”It’s hard when you spot them that (big lead),” he said. ”It
puts a lot of pressure on your offense. Our focus at the start has
not been what it needs to be. We just didn’t make enough basketball
plays. You can’t get 28 offensive rebounds and not cash some of
them in. It was our best effort on the road, but we didn’t play
Freshman guard Chelsea Douglas led Wake Forest with 16 points,
while Secily Ray grabbed nine rebounds. But Wake Forest shot 28
percent from the field, made only 3-of-21 3-pointers and 11-of-24
North Carolina travels to No. 15 Maryland Sunday, while Wake
Forest hosts Clemson the same day.