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

Carolina’s depth.

”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

very good.

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

foul shots.

North Carolina travels to No. 15 Maryland Sunday, while Wake

Forest hosts Clemson the same day.