by Mike Potter
CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC returns to action for the first time in a week, and for the first time all season the No. 18 Tar Heels will try to bounce back from a loss.
UNC (5-1) has had some good rest since a 103-84 loss at Penn State on Nov. 30 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Tar Heels will play a bit short tonight, going with eight players since senior forward Laura Broomfield (foot) and freshman guard Shannon Smith (hamstring) are both nursing injuries. UNC will start three freshmen listed as guards, as Danielle Butts will go along with Megan Buckland and Brittany Rountree as senior She’la White watches from the bench at tipoff.
UNC takes a few minutes to get settled, but then rolls to a 95-53 romp over the Bisons.
The Tar Heels lead 46-25 at halftime. There are two ties and four lead changes early on before White’s 3-pointer gives UNC the lead for good at 10-9.
Krista Gross equals her season high with 13 points in the first half while Candace Wood surpasses her previous career high of nine with 12.
Chay Shegog finishes with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds while Gross adds a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Butts gets 16 points while Wood adds 14.
Hannah Phillips leads Lipscomb with 12 points while Anna Bowers adds 11.
UNC shoots 47.8 percent to the Bisons’ 35.1, wins the rebound battle 45-39 and forces 32 Lipscomb turnovers while committing 17.
They said it …
Hatchell: “I’ve never had this many injuries. Never. Shoulders, knees — we’ve got all these kids on the sidelines who could start for us. We’ve got five kids who are hurt who could go beat a lot of teams.”
Lipscomb coach Frank Bennett: “We came out and competed and executed and did a lot of good things. Obviously North Carolina is a very good team, even playing shorthanded. They’re very talented, they’re 6-5 inside (with Shegog) and that’s a tough matchup for us.”
Shegog: “I felt good. We had a couple of lapses, but our freshmen bring a whole lot of energy out there and it helps everybody pick it up as well.”
Gross: “In this situation you don’t get to take any breaks. You don’t try and save yourself, you’ve just got to keep going and know the rotation is going to move a little bit faster.”
What does it all mean?
That the Tar Heels would be pretty good with eight players against most college basketball teams.
Stars of the game
Play of the game
Shegog’s layup on a long pass from White to make it 23-15.
UNC leads 4-0.
UNC: Won 1.
Lipscomb: Lost 1.
UNC vs. East Tennessee State, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Lipscomb vs. Mississippi, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.