No. 11 UNC Topples Georgia Tech, 79-58
CHAPEL HILL — Redshirt freshman Megan Buckland came off the bench and led No. 11 North Carolina (17-1, 5-0 ACC) to a 79-58 win against Georgia Tech (8-8, 1-4 ACC) in Carmichael Arena on Sunday.
The guard's 19 points marked a career-high for Buckland, while her five three-pointers also set a personal best.
Sophomore Brittany Rountree also found success from the long range, with 3-for-5 three-point shooting and 13 points. In total, North Carolina shot 54 percent, with an impressive 69.2 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Senior point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 11 points and eight assists of her own to North Carolina's play, while freshman Xylina McDaniel and senior Krista Gross each scored 10 points. Gross also added three steals to the effort.
Despite being outrebounded 43-27 by the Yellow Jackets and only notching one offensive rebound in their effort, the Tar Heels dominated play for the majority of Sunday's game. Waltiea Rolle led UNC's defensive effort with six blocks.
After an initial three-pointer from Georgia Tech's Brittany Jackson less than three minutes into the game, the Tar Heels followed with 22-0 run, controlling the tempo for most of the first half. The Yellow Jackets would not score again until 8:41 remained in the period.
Though Georgia Tech then went on a 12-3 run, effective perimeter play by the Tar Heels continued North Carolina's success late in the first half. UNC held a 41-17 lead at the break, shooting 53.3 percent total and 70 percent from the three-point range.
Carolina's effective perimeter play continued in the second half, when the Tar Heels' offense once again strung together 9-0 and 18-6 runs.
Georgia Tech's Jackson led all scorers with 20 points, while junior guard Tyaunna Marshall chipped in 15. In all, the Yellow Jackets shot just 31.9 percent in the loss.
The victory marks Carolina's 10th in a row and pushes coach Sylvia Hatchell just four away from 900 wins. Her next opportunity will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m., when UNC continues conference play against Virginia in Carmichael Arena.