CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Italee Lucas scored 17 points and Jessica Breland added 15 to lead five Tar Heels in double figures and help No. 2 North Carolina shake off the rust of an eight-day layoff with a 102-55 win Sunday over Western Michigan.
She'la White had 12 points, including a layup with 1:03 to play that put the Tar Heels over 100 for the third time this season. Heather Claytor chipped in 11 points and Cetera DeGraffenreid 10 for North Carolina (13-0).
The win was the 797th of Sylvia Hatchell's career. She is three victories short of becoming the fourth coach to win 800 games in her career.
The Tar Heels have 28 straight wins in Chapel Hill and 75 straight over non-conference visitors.
Brenna Bankston had 13 points, Miame Gidden 11 and Sara Vest 10 to lead Western Michigan (4-8), which suffered its fourth loss in six games.
Paced by Breland's 12 first-half points and 11 by Lucas, North Carolina led 55-29 at break. Lucas hit five of her first six shots and finished 8-for-10 from the field.
Western Michigan was within 33-24 after Jenny Loney's putback of a Molly Dwyer miss with 5:57 left in the first half. The Broncos proceeded to miss their next 11 shots and North Carolina closed the half with a 22-5 run.
Despite consecutive baskets by Vest in the first 2:10 after halftime, Western Michigan's missed 10 of its first 14 shots of the second half. North Carolina used runs of 11-0 and 11-2 to pull away steadily.
Rashanda McCants added nine points and nine rebounds, helping North Carolina take a 51-33 edge on the boards.
North Carolina, 4-0 all-time against Western Michigan, was the highest-ranked opponent the Broncos have faced since playing then-No. 1 Connecticut in 2003.