by Mike Potter
CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC is back in action for the second straight day, and once again comes in as a heavy favorite.
Upstate lost its season opener at home 75-57 Friday night to Division II North Greenville.
Upstate is one of three first-year full D-I members on the Tar Heels’ home slate, as they’ll face Presbyterian on Nov. 22 and N.C. Central on Dec. 30.
Today Sylvia Hatchell will go with four players who started on Saturday, except for freshman Brittany Rountree starting at guard instead of classmate Megan Buckland.
UNC has no trouble from the outset, rolling to a 91-34 victory to go to 2-0.
The Tar Heels lead 8-0 and 36-8, with the first eight Upstate points coming from Tee’Ara Copney before Hannah Ohl cans a bucket with 5:42 left in the first half.
UNC leads 48-12 at the break.
Rountree leads the Tar Heels with 15 points, followed by Laura Broomfield with her second straight double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. She’la White chips in 13 points, Latifah Coleman a career-high 11 and Buckland 10.
Copney leads all scorers with 16 for Upstate.
UNC shoots 54.8 percent from the floor to 24.1 for the visitors, wins the rebound battle 48-25 and commits 15 turnovers to Upstate’s 23.
They said it …
Hatchell: “I’m just letting them all play and seeing what they can and can’t do. It’s fun because we’ve got so many good things happening. We’ve got a lot of talent. They’re young and just need time.”
USCU coach Tammy George: “We just want out program to get a little bit of exposure and play against good competition. They exposed a lot of our weaknesses and showed us what we need to work on, and we were able to work on the zone. We told them we had nothing to lose and just go out and play hard. They’re human like we are.”
Broomfield: “I’m just happy with the mentality. I’m not taking the early games off, and I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I really like how the scoring is spread. And I really like the way Rountree and (Danielle) Butts are playing on defense.”
Rountree: “It was nice to start. I just wanted to go out and play hard. Starting motivates me to work even harder. But we have so many good guards we help make each other better. It doesn’t matter who starts.”
What does it all mean?
That UNC is having no trouble with outgunned opponents, while Upstate is going to have some major growing pains.
Stars of the game
Play of the game
Coleman’s driving layup from Shannon Smith to make it 27-8.
UNC vs. UNC Greensboro, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
USCU at Vanderbilt, Wednesday, 8 p.m.