UNC beats Charleston Southern for sixth straight win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina showed off its depth in an easy win over Charleston Southern.

For the second time in two games, the Tar Heels (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) got to play everyone and, this time, the North Carolina reserves outdid the starters.

North Carolina got all the scoring it needed from its reserves, who accounted 60 points in the Tar Heels' sixth straight win, 92-38 over Charleston Southern.

"It's good to have a strong bench," Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "We got to rest a lot of our starters."

Freshman Heather Claytor came off the bench to lead North Carolina (6-0) with 14 points in just 16 minutes of playing time. Reserve Alex Miller was the only Tar Heel on the court for more than 20 minutes -- she played 26 -- and she finished with nine points
and seven assists.

"Whenever you get the chance, it's very important that you go out there and show the coaches they can count on you," Claytor said.

Claytor hit her first three shots, all 3-pointers, and added three free throws to help North Carolina to a 50-16 halftime lead.

In the second half, she tried something different -- a 2-pointer, her only one so far this year.

"I was wide open," Claytor shrugged.

With 13 points, Camille Little was the only Tar Heel starter to score more than seven points and none played more than her 18 minutes.

Keena Wicker scored 12 points to lead Charleston Southern (1-5). It was the Lady Buccaneers' fourth straight loss.

"In our last couple of games this year, we've struggled a bit to finish," coach Stephanie Yelton said. "Tonight we started off a bit sluggish and slow. We started off a bit intimidated."

Yelton, a member of North Carolina's 1994 NCAA championship team, watched as the Buccaneers turned the ball over on seven of their first 11 possessions. They hit just 7-of-22 shots in the first half, while North Carolina ran up streaks of 14, 12 and 12
consecutive points.

"We don't see their sort of pressure defense every day," Yelton said. "It's hard to simulate that in practice."

Yelton tried practicing offensive drills with six players on defense to duplicate North Carolina's pressure.

"We handled their pressure a little better in the second half and got some better looks," Yelton said.