CHAPEL HILL --- Sophomore guard Brittany Rountree scored 22 points to lead North Carolina past No. 25 Georgetown 63-48 in Carmichael Arena on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.
Rountree hit six 3-pointers in the win, just one shy of her career high, to lead UNC's offense and tie with Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers for the most points on the night.
Megan Buckland scored 13 points off the bench and hit three 3-pointers of her own, while Waltiea Rolle finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Krista Gross led all rebounders with 15 boards.
Georgetown (2-1) led Carolina just once, taking a 2-0 lead with the first shot of the night before the Tar Heels strung together a 12-0 run. The Tar Heels overcame 35 turnovers thanks to a stifling defensive effort that held the Hoyas to just 23.5 percent shooting for the game.
Carolina (3-0) led Georgetown 26-22 at the half, heading into the break off a 3-pointer from Buckland.
Gross led the Tar Heels at the half with eight points, followed by Rolle who chipped in seven points and three blocks. Xylina McDaniel's seven boards also added to UNC's defensive effort, as Carolina outrebounded the Hoyas 31-22. By game's end, Carolina kept its advantage on the glass, outrebounding Georgetown 53-42.
The Tar Heels pushed ahead of Georgetown on a 16-6 run following the break and maintained that edge on similar runs throughout the second half. Back-to-back 3s from Buckland gave the Tar Heels a 14-point lead with less than 13 minutes remaining.
Georgetown stayed in the game largely thanks to Rodgers, who had a team-high 22 despite shooting just 6 of 24 from the field. The All-America guard also became the Hoyas' all-time leading scoring with a free throw late in the game. Andrea White added 11 points to Georgetown's effort.
UNC advances to the Preseason WNIT championship game against Iowa Sunday in Iowa City. That game is set for 4 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.