Lady Tar Heels finish strong for Carolinas Challenge win

uncwhoops-10Jamie Cherry and Stephanie Watts each scored 17 points to lead North Carolina to a 69-62 victory over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon in the Carolinas Challenge at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Destinee Walker also chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina (8-5), who have won three of its last four games heading into the holiday break.

On her way to 17 points, Watts knocked down five 3-pointers, while Cherry was 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Xylina McDaniel grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Watts closed the third quarter with her fifth and final three-pointer of the game. Walker opened the fourth with a conventional 3-point play to put Carolina up 52-46 over the Lady Eagles.

Southern Miss (6-4) later tied the game at 60-60 with just over a minute to play, but UNC closed the game on a 9-2 run to post the win. Cherry was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the final 22 seconds.

Carolina overcame 25 turnovers by dominating the glass to the tune of a 46-32 rebound advantage. UNC scored 18 second-chance points.

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics

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