"Tonight was a great chance for us to play a lot of people and help them get experience," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "I thought the players who came off the bench did some nice things for us. "
All 13 players on the UNC roster saw at least eight minutes on the court and no one played more than 25 minutes. Junior forward Jennifer Thomas came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points in 12 minutes of play. Freshman forward Kenya McBee added a career-high 10 points and three rebounds. Freshman guard Leah Metcalf, this week's ACC Player of the Week, had 10 points and eight assists. Sophomore center Candace Sutton, whose time was limited to 12 minutes by foul trouble, contributed 10 points.
Sophomore forward Chrystal Baptist led UNC on the boards with nine points as the Tar Heels outrebounded WCU 51-41. 'Rebounding is a concern for us,' said Hatchell, whose team was beaten on the boards 70-31 at Connecticut in its previous outing. 'We've still got people not rebounding like we need them to.'
Sophomore forward Tiffany Hamm led the Lady Catamounts (2-1) with 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior center Laura Echols added eight points and nine boards. WCU, which shot 25.4 percent from the field, plays next on Nov. 24 at Campbell, where tipoff is noon.
The Tar Heels return to action this weekend with a pair of games at the Winthrop Thanksgiving Classic in Rock Hill, S.C. UNC faces Howard Friday at 5 p.m. and the host Eagles Saturday at 5 p.m. Carolina's next home game is Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. against Kentucky.