CHAPEL HILL -- Before each North Carolina women’s basketball game, players throw T-shirts into the stands for fans. Continuing the tradition on Sunday, senior Italee Lucas ran down court and launched a rolled up shirt toward the band, only to have her toss ricochet off the glass back board and fall way off the mark.
That moment served as a harbinger for Lucas, the team’s leading scorer and resident sharp-shooter, as well as for other Tar Heels who shot a miserable, season-low 35.4 percent from the field – 1 for 15 from 3-point range – against UNLV at Carmichael Arena.
Shooting poorly and trailing at halftime for the first time this season, the No. 12 Heels (10-0) responded with steals, fastbreak layups and free throws, needing all of those elements to push past the Rebels (5-3) in the second half for a 78-66 victory before an announced crowd of 2,403.