UNC women's basketball improves to 5-1

MVP Teasley joins Brown and Sutton on all-tournament team.

ROCK HILL, S.C.--Sophomore center Candace Sutton scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the University of North Carolina women's basketball team to an 84-43 win over Winthrop Saturday in the Winthrop Lady Eagle Classic. With a pair of wins in the weekend event (UNC defeated Howard 117-57 on Friday), the Tar Heels improved to 5-1 on the season.

Carolina senior Nikki Teasley was named MVP of the event, joining Sutton and junior guard Coretta Brown on the five-member all-tournament team.

Sutton scored the Tar Heels' first seven points and UNC went on to a 42-25 halftime lead, despite being outrebounded 23-22 by the Lady Eagles (0-3). "Winthrop was well-prepared and the first half gave us all we could handle," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "At halftime, the sermon was rebounding. Our focus was to get on the boards in the second half. We did and that made a big difference."

The Tar Heels finished the game with a 57-40 rebounding edge. Sophomore forward Chrystal Baptist led UNC with 10 boards and also had a career-high four blocks.

Brown scored 14 points and tallied six assists, five rebounds and one turnover in 33 minutes of play. After 23 points on Friday, Teasley struggled from the field, hitting two three-pointers in 11 field goal attempts. But she was 7-for-8 from the free throw line for 13 points and added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Freshman guard Leah Metcalf also scored in double figures for UNC with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field.

Senior guard Charlotta Wennefors led Winthrop with 14 points. The Lady Eagles shot 23.1 percent from the field to the Tar Heels' 44.4.

Carolina returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Kentucky for a 6:30 p.m. game at Carmichael Auditorium.

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