Xylina McDaniel paced North Carolina (11-2) to its sixth-straight win with 16 points and eight rebounds. Danielle Butts tossed in 14 points in leading a Tar Heel bench that scored 46 points.
Hatchell stepped away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities in October due to a diagnosis of leukemia. She has remained very involved with the team over the last three months, including reviewing practice and game video, speaking multiple times a day with the coaching staff and having face-to-face meetings with players.
I appreciate Coach [Sylvia] Hatchell being at the game today. That was really exciting.," said Associate head coach Andrew Calder. "I want to thank her again for continuing to help us as we go into each game. She helps us with the game plan and the motivation of the players. She's doing a great job, and we really appreciate her being here today."
Allisha Gray contributed 14 points and eight rebounds, Jessica Washington had 12 points and six assists, and both Stephanie Mavunga and Brittany Rountree both scored 11 points.
High Point (5-6) received a game-high 20 points from Latrice Phelps, while Teddy Vincent added 14 points and DeAnneisha Jackson had 10.
Butts' steal and fast-break layup forced High Point to call a timeout with Carolina leading 19-6 at the 12:22 mark of the first half.
The Panthers hung around, cutting their deficit to 10, 23-13, however, a three-pointer from Rountree gave UNC a 35-20 lead with 5:39 until halftime.
The lead dipped down to nine points, but the Tar Heels scored the last 10 points of the first half to take a 47-28 lead into the locker room, including a three ball from Washington just before the buzzer sounded.
Carolina went 17-of-23 from the free throw line in the first half, and turned 14 High Point turnovers into 22 points for the Tar Heels.
Three three-pointers by Carolina - two from Washington and another from Gray - made it 59-33 early in the second half.
HPU clawed back to within 15 points midway through the second half, but the lead grew all the way to 32 points on a bucket from Hillary Fuller with less than a minute to go.
Carolina shot 57 percent in the second half and 48.6% for the game. High Point on the other hand shot 35.3 percent.
The Tar Heels tied their season high with 28 made free throws and enjoyed a 51-28 rebound advantage.
North Carolina hosts James Madison on Jan. 2 at 2 p.m.