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Dec. 31, 2010
Italee Lucas scored 23 of her 29 points in the first half, and No. 10 North Carolina rolled to an 83-62 victory over Gardner-Webb on Friday.
Lucas, a 5-foot-8 senior guard and the team's leading scorer with a 17.9 average, hit five 3-pointers in the first half and went on to finish 10 of 16 from the field, 5 of 6 on 3s.
It was another dominant performance by the Lady Tar Heels (13-0), who pulled out to a 40-18 lead, led 54-32 at halftime and never let Gardner-Webb seriously challenge in the second half.
Lucas didn't waste any time getting going. She converted a three-point play just 4 seconds into the game after the Tar Heels won the opening tip, and then she came back on North Carolina's next possession and hit a 3-pointer for a 6-0 lead just 55 seconds into the game.
At one point in the first half, she had outscored Gardner-Webb by herself. Her 3-pointer with 6:04 remaining gave her 19 points for the game and the Tar Heels a 39-18 lead.
The closest Gardner-Webb got in the second half was 60-45.
Chay Shegog had 16 points for North Carolina, while Jessica Breland had 14 points and nine rebounds and Cetera DeGraffenreid had 15 assists.
Wake Forest sophomore Asia Williams recorded her second-career double-double but Princeton made a season-high 11 three-pointers and the Tigers would go on to claim a 71-63 victory Friday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum.
Princeton came out of the gate hot, making nine of its first 13 shots from behind the arc. The Deacs never gave-up though, clawing back to take a brief lead in the second half but Princeton responded with a 14-5 run and would hold on down the stretch.
Tiger Lauren Edwards was 4-of-9 from beyond the arc to finish with a season-high 21 points. Addie Micir also scored in double-figures for Princeton, finishing with 15 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
Williams made her first career start for the Deacs and responded with her second double-double of the season. The Durham, NC, native scored 10 points on 4-of-5 from the floor and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. She also added two assists in a season-high 27 minutes.
Fellow sophomore Mykala Walker, who made her third start of the season on Friday, was 5-of-6 from the floor to finish with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Brittany Waters finished the game with a team-high 11 points while junior point guard Brooke Thomas chipped-in with 10 points, five assists and two steals.