CHAPEL HILL --- No. 11 North Carolina continued its best league start in five years with a 71-60 win over Virginia Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. Xylina McDaniel had a game-high 15 points, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Waltiea Rolle had 14 apiece as the Tar Heels improved to 18-1 and 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
UNC used a 19-4 run to close the first half and runs of 8-2 and 7-0 after the break to put the game out of reach early. The Tar Heels led by as many as 27 early in the second half and held on for their second double-digit win after four straight close ones to start ACC play.
It was Rolle who dominated early, scoring 10 of her 14 points in the first 12 minutes of the game as well as neutralizing the Virginia posts with her shot-blocking presence.
McDaniel took over the bulk of the scoring in the second half, capping a strong run of play with a long 3 to push the Tar Heel lead to 56-31.
Virginia (11-6, 3-3 ACC) took advantage of Carolina's sloppy play late in the game to make the score more respectable, but the hosts were in control throughout and the outcome was never in question.
Telia McCall and Kelsey Wolfe had 13 each to lead the Cavaliers.
Thursday's win was No. 897 for head coach Sylvia Hatchell, who is two ahead of Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer for the active lead among Division I coaches. The Tar Heels are off for a full week before traveling to Maryland on Thursday, Jan. 24.