UNC’s shot a win bounces off rim at final buzzer
CHAPEL HILL Erin Butler scored 15 points Wednesday to lead Pacific to a 66-63 victory over North Carolina at Carmichael Arena.
Reserve Xylina McDaniel had 16 points to lead four Tar Heels in double figures. Jamie Cherry added 15 points before fouling out late. Freshman guards Destinee Walker and Stephanie Watts each had 11 points. Watts also grabbed 12 rebounds for her first double-double.
North Carolina (4-3) trailed by as many as eight points during the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer from Cherry ignited a 7-0 rally to close the gap to 57-56. Walker got the Tar Heels within 61-60 with a 3-pointer with less than three minutes to play.
The Tigers led by three with three seconds to play and North Carolina got a last second shot, but Walker’s effort hit the front rim.
Pacific (3-2) had fourt players score in double figures. Besides Butler, reserve Desire Finnie had 12 points, Mauriana Clayton added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 11.
Wake Forest 61, La Salle 53: Milan Quinn had career highs in points (20) and rebounds (14) to help the host Deacons (4-1) knock off the Explorers (0-4). Freshman Ariel Stephenson also scored in double figures for Wake Forest with 14 points. Adreana Miller and Amy Griffin each had 13 points for La Salle, which was within two points after three quarters.
After a slow start, the Deacons ended the first quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 17-13 lead. Wake Forest then opened the second with a 13-0 surge. The Deacons kept La Salle from scoring until the 2-minute, 28-second mark in the quarter. In that time the Deacs built a 26-17 lead. A Griffin bucket sparked a 8-2 run for the Explorers that cut Wake Forest’s lead to 28-25 at the half.
No. 12 Kentucky 89, Eastern Michigan 67: Makayla Epps had 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Janee Thompson scored 16 with a career-high tying 10 assists to help the host Wildcats beat Eastern Michigan.
A jumper by Phillis Webb put Eastern Michigan (2-1) ahead 43-42 early in the third, but the Wildcats (5-0) used a 24-4 run to take a 19-point lead into the fourth.
Eastern Michigan had two scoreless stretches of three-plus minutes in the third.
Janay Morton led the Eagles with 21 points.