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Allisha Gray led Carolina with 15 points in the win over Wingate
Allisha Gray led Carolina with 15 points in the win over Wingate
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Carolina Cruises To Exhibition Win Over Wingate
Release: 11/05/2013
CHAPEL HILL - No. 12 North Carolina cruised to a 93-61 victory over Wingate in an exhibition women's basketball game Tuesday night at Carmichael Arena.

Freshman Allisha Gray led North Carolina with 15 points to pace six double-figure scorers. Diamond DeShields added 14 points and Stephanie Mavunga tossed in 11 points. N'Dea Bryant, Xylina McDaniel and Brittany Rountree all had 10 points apiece

Carolina jumped out to a 15-8 lead after a banked three-pointer by Megan Buckland at the top of the arc with 12:50 showing on the first-half clock.

Wingate cut the lead to 18-17 after Amber Neely made a jumper at the free throw line with 8:57 left in the half.

Mavunga answered with a three-point play at the other end, and DeShields followed with consecutive fast-break layups and 80 seconds later Carolina led 25-17.

Bryant's short jumper put Carolina back up double figures, 33-23. On the next two possession, Gray converted back-to-back old-fashioned three-point plays for a 39-23 lead with 4:31 left until intermission.

Rountree drained a rainbow three-ball with just over a minute left in the opening half and Gray canned another jumper in the final seconds to send Carolina into halftime with a 51-27 lead.

The Heels closed the first half on a 33-10 run after Wingate had pulled to within one point, 18-17. The team shot 52.6 percent (20-of-38) from the floor in the first half, compared to 34.6 percent (9-of-26) for Wingate.

The home team came out of intermission determined not to let the Bulldogs back in the game. An 18-5 run over the first 5:36 put the game clearly out of reach as the Heels led 69-32 with 14:24 to play, the largest advantage Carolina enjoyed all night long.

Wingate's Janitsha Williams led all scorers with 22 points.

Carolina scored 37 points off 24 turnovers and had an 18-0 advantage in fast-break points.

North Carolina opens the regular season with a home game Friday against Air Force at 4:30 p.m. The Tar Heels with then welcome No. 4 Tennessee to Carmichael for Monday's highly-anticipated contest that is featured on ESPN2 at 9 p.m., as part of its 24-hour Tip-off Marathon.

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