by Mike Potter
CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC looks to extend its November winning streak to 53 games tonight, playing a third straight home game to start the season.
Sylvia Hatchell’s team leads the series 9-0 and will be an easy favorite tonight. The No. 19 Tar Heels have won their first two games by an average of 51 points.
Four starters have been the same in UNC’s first two games, and tonight freshman Megan Buckland moves back into the starting lineup after making the start in the opener.
It turns out to be an easy one from start to finish, as the Tar Heels roll 91-35.
UNC scores the first six points, and then leads 17-4 and 30-6 en route to a 46-18 halftime advantage.
Freshman guard Brittany Rountree finishes with 14 points while Laura Broomfield adds her third double-double in as many games with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Chay Shegog adds 13 points and Krista Gross and Danielle Butts 12 each for the Tar Heels, who block 13 shots — five by Broomfield and four by Shegog — in the rout.
Jarae Savage leads the Spartans with 10 points while Natalie Headley has 11 rebounds with her six points.
UNC shoots 56.1 percent to 22.5 for the Spartans, outrebounds them 48-45 and commits 21 turnovers to the visitors’ 28.
They said it …
Hatchell: “I’m just really happy we’ve got winners. All five of our freshmen finished their high school careers with championships. They’re skilled, they’re competitive, and they know what it takes to be a championship team. At one point tonight we had five guards out there. When the guards are hitting shots like they are, that gives our post players more one-on-one opportunities inside. ”
Palmer: “I think we really got a chance to see where we are. It’s a tough loss. Carolina is Carolina. They’re historically good and Coach Hatchell does a great job. But my concern is us. We have to compete, and I didn’t see that tonight.”
Rountree: “I’m happy but I’m not satisfied. Fortunately I’m hitting my open shots. I think our chemistry is coming together good. We’re communicating well and the veteran players are really helping us out, making sure we’ve got the plays down.”
Broomfield: “I’m just trying to stay focused. I can’t take these early games off, and it’s helping me prepare for the ACC with a killer mentality early. I just really like our guards’ ability to knock down outside shots. The (four) freshmen come to practice every day and go hard, and that’s great to see because it helps us a lot.”
What does it all mean?
That UNC rolls on, and that UNCG still has a way to go to compete with a Top 20 team.
Stars of the game
Play of the game
Broomfield’s follow shot to start a three-point play and make it 11-4 at 12:52.
UNCG at Radford, Monday, 7 p.m.
UNC vs. Presbyterian, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.