LSU rips North Carolina in Carolinas Challenge debut

lsuwhoopsBig-time college basketball came to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Sunday, and LSU put a big-time beat-down on North Carolina by a 70-43 score in the first game of the Carolinas Challenge.

North Carolina (8-2) was handed just its second loss of the season, snapping a four-game winning streak. The Tar Heels scored a season low in points and shot 30 percent for the game. Stephanie Watts had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina in her fifth double-double of the season. Paris Kea added 11.

Raigyne Moncrief paced LSU (9-2) with 20 points, while Chloe Jackson and Alexis Hyder chipped in 12 points each and Ayana Mitchell had 11 and 10 boards.

A sluggish start by the Tar Heels allowed LSU to grab a 12-2 advantage midway through the first quarter, but the Tigers were ahead only 32-24 at halftime. LSU outscored North Carolina 38-19 in the second half to run away with the win.

North Carolina takes on Jacksonville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Photo courtesy of LSU Athletics

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