CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Diamond DeShields led the Tar Heels with 16 points and five steals in the 91-51 win over Coppin State on Sunday at Carmichael Arena. Carolina had four score double digits in the final home game before the team heads south to the Cancun Challenge over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Stephanie Mavunga got things started for Carolina with a lay-up assisted by DeShields after Coppin State got on the board first. The Tar Heels trailed to the Eagles for the first two minutes of the game until pushing ahead 8-6 on a Brittany Rountree three-pointer. Rountree's three began a 12-point scoring run by the Tar Heels.
Jessica Washington recorded her first career start as a Tar Heel, posted 14 points and five assists. She was a perfect 4-0 assist to turnover ratio for the first half. Washington also snuck away with three steals.
Danielle Butts continues to contribute to team scoring and on the boards in just her second game this season. She cashed in 12 points and lead the team with nine rebounds.
Mavunga also scored double digits, finishing the day with 14 points and seven rebounds. DeShields also grabbed seven rebounds.
Coppin State got in foul trouble early with thre players ending the first 20 minutes with three fouls apiece. Ultimately the Eagles lost two players to fouling out giving the Tar Heels the chance able to shoot a season-best free throw percentage of 73.7. The previous high was 71.4-percent against Coastal Carolina on Thursday.
Carolina shot 42.2-percent on the day, also a season high.
The Tar Heels will fly out on Tuesday for the Cancun Challenge. They will play Arkansas State at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by games against Arizona State (Nov. 29) and Illinois (Nov. 30).