Women's Basketball ACCtion: Wednesday, January 6

Jan. 6, 2010

Strong First Half Powers No. 7 Tar Heels Over No. 20 Yellow Jackets

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Italee Lucas shrugged off her barrage of successful jump shots. She might have been the only one unimpressed. Lucas scored 23 of her 28 points in the first half to help No. 7 North Carolina beat No. 20 Georgia Tech 89-78 on Wednesday night.

Cetera DeGraffenreid and She'la White added 13 points apiece for the Tar Heels (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their league opener for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons.

Deja Foster, Sasha Goodlett and Alex Montgomery scored 15 points each to lead Georgia Tech (13-3, 0-1 ACC), which lost to North Carolina for the 14th time in the teams' last 15 meetings. Brigitte Ardossi added 12 points for the Yellow Jackets, whose eight-game winning streak ended.