CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 24, 2002) -- East Tennessee State (0-2, 0-0 SoCon) shot just 21 percent from the field and turned the ball over 32 times in a 106-40 loss at 13th-ranked North Carolina Sunday afternoon in historic Carmichael Auditorium.
"We play teams like North Carolina in order to get better," sais ETSU head coach Karen Kemp after the game. "I don't think we got any better today. We simply gave up too many easy points in transition."
UNC (2-0, 0-0 ACC) went on a 22-1 run to begin the game, mainly scoring on fast break opportunities and inside feeds to its towering post players, and took a 56-20 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The physically overpowering Tar Heels won the rebounding battle, more than doubling ETSU's total 58-27 and shot a blistering 58 percent from the floor, led by freshman Jessica Sell's 20-point effort on 8-of-11 shooting. Another North Carolina freshman, La'Tangela Atkinson, added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Three other Tar Heels -- Nikita Bell, Candace Sutton and Jennifer Thomas -- also posted double figures with 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively.
ETSU was led by freshman B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.), who paced the Buccaneers with nine points, including two baskets from beyond the arc. Junior forward Lauren Trantham (Asheville, N.C.) scored eight. Defensively, Kemp was pleased with the effort of junior guard Kiya Verdell (Hartwell, Ga.), who tallied a career-high five steals.
The Lady Bucs remain winless against UNC since the teams' first meeting back in 1979. Following Sunday's loss the Tar Heels increased their all-time series lead to 10-0.
East Tennessee State looks to chalk up its first win of the 2002-03 season at Radford on Nov. 27, when the squad takes on the Highlanders with tip-off set for 7 p.m. The Lady Bucs will then travel to Atlanta, Ga. over Thanksgiving break for a four-team holiday tournament hosted by Georgia Tech. The tournament, which runs from Nov. 29-30, will also feature Arkansas State and Miami (Ohio).