RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — 2d-ranked North Carolina Narrate rolled in its house finale while having a take into legend as overjoyed as ever shooting from exterior within the acquainted Reynolds Coliseum setting.
Wes Moore precise wants his Wolfpack to take that into the postseason, too.
Raina Perez scored 14 parts and helped N.C. Narrate hit 16 3-pointers to beat Pittsburgh 83-53 in Thursday’s house finale. The Wolfpack matched this system single-game document for made 3s.
Jakia Brown-Turner also scored 14 parts for the Wolfpack (16-2, 11-2 Atlantic Fly Conference), who made 16 of 26 3-pointers. The photography fell from all by the lineup, too, a reminder of the exterior punch for a personnel that already has a sturdy paint presence with Elissa Cunane.
“I am hoping we’re trending up,” Moore said. “Now again, once you occur to shoot 16 out of 26 from 3, all the pieces’s beautiful. I’m nervous about on the day we’re 6 for 26. Are we going to protect neatly passable and rebound neatly passable to dwell on and approach when we collect into postseason? That’ll be the proper trick.”
Perez led the exterior-shooting blitz by making 4 of 5 from within the relieve of the arc, serving to N.C. Narrate match its imprint of 16 made 3s pickle in December 2014 in opposition to Mount St. Mary’s.
Kayla Jones and Kai Crutchfield each hit three 3s, among of the Wolfpack’s eight varied avid gamers to hit no decrease than one. That integrated freshman reserve Dontavia Waggoner pulling down her second 3 of the season to shut the third quarter and give the Wolfpack a 71-34 lead.
“It keeps the protection on their toes,” Crutchfield said, adding: “Staunch for us to protect various is a big thing for us to protect doing.”
Freshman Sandrine Clesca had a season-excessive 12 parts to handbook the Panthers (5-12, 3-11), who missed 15 of 18 photographs within the outlet quarter to receive themselves in a correct away hole. Pitt performed the game shooting 40%, a figure boosted by a 7-for-10 shooting performance within the final quarter with the final end result now no longer in doubt.
“They began within the paint and then they non-public teenagers that will per chance well shoot it,” Pittsburgh coach Lance White said. “You would possibly per chance well even non-public acquired to recall your poison.”
Pittsburgh: The Panthers had lost seven of eight within the past month, the outlier being an 83-80 take at Boston Faculty on Feb. 16, in a agenda that has integrated six postponements this season. Pitt turned into seeking this system’s first take in opposition to a top-5 personnel, nonetheless fell within the relieve of by double figures halfway by the outlet quarter while taking half in with out No. 2 scorer Dayshanette Harris (12.4) and Gabbie Green because of latest injuries.
“For us, we regarded available within the market and we had four newbies on the floor so a lot this day,” White said. “These teenagers clearly aren’t ready for the No. 2 personnel within the country.”
N.C. Narrate: Moore keeps talking about trying to assemble this 365 days’s personnel peaking coming into the postseason while describing these closing traditional-season video games as “robe rehearsals.” His personnel has received four straight and is quiet alive within the battle with No. 6 Louisville for the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.
“I in actuality non-public preferred what we’ve viewed the previous couple of video games,” Moore said.
N.C. Narrate blew the game birth with a 20-0 stretch all by the third quarter. … Pittsburgh has lost six straight meetings and hasn’t beaten the Wolfpack since February 2015. … Five avid gamers scored in double figures for the Wolfpack, collectively with Cunane (13 parts, eight rebounds) and Jones (10 parts, six rebounds and 7 assists). … Panthers leading scorer Jayla Everett (14.9) performed with seven parts on 2-of-15 shooting.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers shut the humble season at Georgia Tech on Sunday.
N.C. Narrate: Syracuse hosts the Wolfpack on Sunday to shut the agenda.
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