Rath’s View: Bears get the win from the line

It was a slow start for the Bears as they were outscored 23-15 in the first quarter, but the fourth quarter was owned by the Bears as they claim a 61-59 victory.  UNC claimed the victory over Idaho State and jumped them in the standings and get themselves into a very good position with 3 games remaining.  The Bears were led in scoring by Savannah Smith, who finished the night with 33 for her 8th 30+ point game of the season and her 10th in her career.  She now sits 30 points short of the all-time scoring record at UNC.

Down the stretch it was the defense of the Bears that helped them get the victory.  Idaho State scored just 6 points in the final period on 18.8% shooting.  But the free throw line was a difference maker as well as the Bears made nine more from the charity stripe than the Bengals, finishing 12 of 14 from the FT line. 

UNC got help from Shaylise Fernander, scoring seven points off the bench.  It was another short bench for the Bears as Krystal Leger-Walker missed her second game in a row.  Behind Smith, there were no other double-digit scorers, but Ali Meyer and Abby Kain each finished with six.  Ali Meyer cleaned the glass again with 14 rebounds to lead the team. 

Even though they were out shot from the floor and from behind the arc, the Bears did everything that they needed to claim their 13th conference victory of the season.  The Bears continue their road trip on Saturday against Weber State before they return home for senior night on March 7th.  Check out more stats at uncbears.com.

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