N.C. Central finally got a win in women’s basketball, while No. 9 UNC had to come back to beat South Carolina on a day when both of those teams were playing on neutral courts.
Freshman Joanna Miller (pictured) led NCCU (1-9) with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team while three teammates were in double figures as the Eagles topped Houston Baptist 75-60 in the consolation game of the USF Shootout. In the nightcap, East Carolina won the title with a 63-60 victory over host South Florida.
Meanwhile, Cetera DeGraffenreid scored a career-high 26 points and added 10 assists for the Tar Heels as they took out South Carolina 93-85 at the Carolinas Challenge in Myrtle Beach.
For N.C. Central, freshman J’Mia Pollock added her first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Danielle DeBerry had a career-high 18 points and Latoya Bennett chipped in 17.
Taniqua Hollis led Houston Baptist with 17 points while Megan Green added 12.
Italee Lucas added 23 points, Chay Shegog 17 and Waltiea Rolle 10 for the Tar Heels.
USC’s freshman Kelsey Bone had 27 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double season. Valerie Nainima added 26 points for the Gamecocks while Ieasia Walker chipped in 12.
In other games in Myrtle Beach, Coastal Carolina beat Savannah State 57-41 and Francis Marion walloped Bluefield 111-77.