CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior Latrice Phelps scored a career-high 20 points as the High Point University women’s basketball team lost at No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday by a score of 103-71.
“I am so proud of the effort we put up against a top-20 program,” said head coach DeUnna Hendrix. “The score doesn’t show how hard we played. Latrice Phelps gave us a solid 33 minutes and I can’t explain how great it is to see her have a break out game. If we do this against Big South opponents we will have a great season.”
Phelps finished with a career-high 20 points to go with six rebounds and one steal. Freshman Teddy Vincent put up a career-high 14 pints to go with three rebounds. Freshman DeAnneisha Jackson finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and one steal.
High Point scored 71 points against the Tar Heels, the third most North Carolina has given up all season behind Tennessee and Arizona State. Those are the only two teams that have beaten UNC this season.
Jackson came off the bench and grabbed two rebounds and scored two points in the opening minutes of the first half to keep UNC’s lead at 5-4 at the first official timeout. North Carolina pushed the lead to 23-10 when Vincent entered the game and drained a three from the left wing. Vincent continued her strong play with another three pointer off the glass to make it a 32-18 game with 6:54 on the clock. On the defensive end of the floor Vincent drew the offensive foul and went down and made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 32-20.
The Panthers continued to work, getting back within nine points, 37-28, when Kaylah Keys converted both her free throws with 2:50 left in the half. The Tar Heels finished the half on a 10-0 run to take a 47-28 lead in to the break.
HPU played a competitive second half, getting outscored by just 13, 56-43. Junior Lexi Patterson scored all seven of her points in the second half and Keys scored six of her 10 points in the second half. HPU had just four turnovers in the second half.
The Panthers dropped to 5-6 on the season while UNC moves to 11-2.
High Point returns to Big South action on Dec. 30 against Liberty. The Flames come to the Millis Center for a 7 p.m. contest.