PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The No. 15 North Carolina women’s basketball team rebounded from an eight-point third-quarter deficit to beat Pitt 72-57 Thursday evening at the Panthers’ Petersen Events Center. The win was UNC’s sixth in a row, the program’s longest winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play since the 2012-13 season.
UNC is 15-5 overall and 6-3 in ACC play heading into another road game, this one on Sunday at Clemson. Pitt, which led for more than half the game, fell to 7-13 overall and 0-9 on ACC play.
Deja Kelly led UNC with 23 points, her seventh 20-plus game of the season. She played all 40 minutes and was 7-14 from the field, 3-6 from three and 6-6 from the foul line.
Kennedy Todd-Williams scored a career-high 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. It marks the 12th time since the start of her sophomore that she’s tied or reset her career high, and it’s the third time this season that two Tar Heels have topped 20 points in the same game. (Todd-Williams has been one of the two on all three occasions.)
Alyssa Ustby also reached double figures with 16 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season and the 22nd of her career. Ustby made a career-best seven free throws (on eight attempts) and played all 40 minutes for the second time in the last six games.
UNC’s 72 points marked the team’s highest scoring total in an ACC game this season and UNC’s .947 (18-19) free throw percentage is a season best.
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