RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 27 of her season-high 38 points after halftime to help No. 17 North Carolina beat No. 10 North Carolina State 89-82 on Sunday.
Fellow rookie Allisha Gray scored 15 of her 18 points after halftime in her own big performance for the Tar Heels (20-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat a top-10 opponent on the road for the second time this week. UNC earned its first win at No. 3 Duke in six years Monday, with DeShields scoring 30 in that one.
The 6-foot-1 daughter of ex-major league baseball player Delino DeShields was even better Sunday against the Wolfpack (22-4, 9-3).
DeShields made 12 of 23 shots, 5 of 9 3-pointers and all nine of her free throws. Her off-balance basket inside midway through the second half broke a 60-all tie and started a 13-4 push that finally put the Tar Heels in control.