CHAPEL HILL — North Carolinas young womens basketball team showed a few flashes of brilliance during its first big test of the season, but unfortunately the Tar Heels got in too deep of a hole.
Ariel Massengale scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures Monday night as fourth-ranked Tennesssee held off the No.12 Tar Heels 81-65 at Carmichael Arena.
The Tar Heels are playing without coach Sylvia Hatchell, who is out while being treated for leukemia but was able to visit the teams pregame meal.
Isabelle Harrison added 14 points and Andraya Carter 10 for the Lady Vols (2-0), who beat the Tar Heels 102-57 last season in Knoxville.
UNC (1-1), generally thought to have the nations No.1 freshman recruiting class, got 15 points and 10 rebounds from freshman reserve Allisha Gray and 11 points and 12 rebounds from freshman Stephanie Mavunga. Brittany Rountree added 13 points and Xylina McDaniel chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Tennessee has a really talented team and I wish them the best of luck, Andrew Calder said. Were going to continue to work and get better. Its my responsibility to make sure we get good shots. We didnt get into our offense as much as we wanted to.
Were talented and were going to be very good when it all clicks and we learn to play together.
Tennessee, which leads the all-time series 16-3, got 14 points from Isabelle Harrison and 10 from reserve Andraya Carter.
North Carolina shot just 30.4percent for the game to Tennessees 40.3. The Lady Vols won the rebound battle 49-44 but committed 24 turnovers to the Tar Heels 23.
North Carolina theyre going to be fine, Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. Theyve just got to get used to the tempo and the atmosphere. Theyre a great basketball team. Very athletic. Theyll figure it out. We were a young team like that last year.
The Tar Heels led 6-4 on a McDaniel hook shot with 16 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first half, but Tennessee responded with a 10-0 run.
North Carolinas closest margin the rest of the game was at 28-24 on a McDaniel 3-pointer with 2:53 left in the half.
The Lady Vols scored the first five points of the second half and stretched the largest lead to 53-32 on Meighan Simmons layup with 13:51 to play.
The Tar Heels could get no closer than 64-52 on Rountrees follow shot with 7:20 left.