CLEMSON, S.C. — The North Carolina women’s basketball team fought back from a pair of deficits and overcame early shooting woes to pick up a 70-64 victory in Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday.
Shayla Bennett, Paris Kea and Janelle Bailey all tied for the team-high scoring with 15 points each for the Tar Heels. Bennett and Kea offered up 10 points apiece in the second half.
Leah Church provided a big lift off the bench in the second quarter, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to erase a six-point deficit and quickly tie the game at 27-27, before heading to the half with Clemson leading 33-32.
The second half started similar to the first, with the Tigers knocking down shots early, to extend their lead out to eight, 40-32, less than two minutes into the half.
That lead wouldn’t last long. Bennett and Watts found a groove during the third quarter and took the team from down eight to up one, 50-49, by making three three-pointers during an 11-2 run.
Clemson would not get any closer, as the Tar Heels were solid at the foul line, going 9 out of 12 for the game, to hold off any potential Tiger comeback.
Stephanie Watts had 12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and two steals. She also made three triples to give her 236 in her career, a figure that ties Nikki Teasley for the third most in program history.
During the game, Bailey hauled in the 500th rebound of her career, which spans 56 games.
With the win, North Carolina moves to 15-10 and 6-5 in the ACC.
Clemson drops to 15-9 and 6-5 in conference.