No. 10 N.C. 76, No. 11 Kansas 58
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Juana Brown scored 27 points and No. 10 North Carolina held No. 11 Kansas without a field goal for more than six minutes in beating the Jayhawks 76-58 Sunday.
North Carolina (2-0) broke open the game with a 19-2 burst in the first half. Brown, who was 10-of-17 from the field, had eight points during the run.
The Tar Heels started slowly in the opening game of the State Farm Women’s Tip-Off Classic before their decisive run. Kansas (0-1) had six of its 22 turnovers during that span.
The spree began after Nakia Sanford hit a jumper for Kansas with 10:55 left in the opening half, giving the Jayhawks their biggest lead of the game, 21-14
A 3-pointer by Brown ignited North Carolina with 8:52 left in the half. The only points by Kansas during the run came on two free throws by Lynn Pride with 5:54 remaining, which cut North Carolina’s lead to 28-23.
North Carolina responded with a jumper by LaQuanda Barksdale, a free throw by Brown and a jumper by Yanick Clay to lead 33-23. Kansas, which had built the early lead by hitting 11 of its first 18 shots, ended its cold spell on a jumper by Brooke Reves with 4:07 remaining. Kansas never got closer.
Pride topped Kansas with 19 points and had 10 rebounds.
Chanel Wright had 13 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina.