No. 7 North Carolina tops Winston-Salem St 101-38Jan 2, 2010 - 10:25 PM CHAPEL HILL, N.C.(AP) -- North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell has prepared her seventh-ranked team well for the grind of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule ahead.
All her players got some minutes in Saturday's 101-38 rout of Winston-Salem State, with guards Cetera DeGraffenreid scoring 15 points and Italee Lucas 14 as six Tar Heels scored in double figures.
``This was good to let everybody get some time out there because the rest of the way all we've got is ACC and UConn," Hatchell said. "Different people are stepping up. It was good we were able to let a lot of kids play."
North Carolina (12-1) got 12 points from She'la White, 11 from Trinity Bursey and 10 each from Martina Wood and Cierra Robertson-Warren.
"Some of our kids are scoring well, but we're just trying to get their defense a little bit better," Hatchell added. "Some people didn't grade out as high as they should have (in the previous game), especially defensively."
Taneisha White led Winston-Salem State (2-10) with a career-high 10 points.
When the game was scheduled, the Rams were reclassifying members of NCAA Division I but the school announced in the fall that it would return to Division II next season.
"Our game plan was we wanted to score 45 points and have less than 25 turnovers," Winston-Salem coach Dee Stokes said. "We didn't accomplish either of those."
Tar Heels guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt injured her right shoulder about seven minutes into the game and did not return. Hatchell said X-rays showed the shoulder was not fractured and her playing status was still to be determined.
Sophomore center Chay Shegog missed her second straight game with concussion symptoms.
The Tar Heels led 53-22 at halftime after score the first 13 points of the game before DeGraffenreid and Lucas got into the action. UNC made several trips down the floor with a three-guard lineup, including White with the starters.
"It's always fun when you have three different people up there who can push the ball up and down the court ," DeGraffenreid said. "If you don't get it, you know they're going to get it and push it down the floor. It's been fun."
- NCAA WOMENS BB
WINSTON SALEM 38
NORTH CAROLINA (7) 101 FINAL
Jan 2 3:51 PM
- NCAA WOMENS BB
WINSTON SALEM 22
NORTH CAROLINA (7) 53 HALFTIME
Jan 2 2:57 PM
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