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No. 6 UNC beats Appalachian State 84-52

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina to an 84-52 win over Appalachian State on Sunday.

Allisha Gray added 12 points for the Tar Heels (8-0) and also gave them an early scare. The team’s leading scorer was taken to the locker room with an ankle injury after making a layup in the first half but returned six minutes later.

Maryah Sydnor had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Mountaineers (3-4), who fell behind by 27 points in the first half and pulled within 17 in the second half but were no match for UNC’s fast-break exploitation of turnovers.

After a sloppy few opening minutes, North Carolina used a 14-2 run to open up a double-figure lead. From there, the UNC defense provided more pressure than the Mountaineers could handle.

Appalachian State turned the ball over 30 times and shot 33 percent percent on the way to a season low in scoring.North Carolina scored 30 points off turnovers and its 17 steals were a season high.

TIP-INS

UNC: UNC has won 15 straight in the series, which dates back to 1974. They last played in 2002. . The Tar Heels face their fifth ranked opponent Tuesday and are the only team in the country with four wins against the Top 25.

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers scored 15 of their 27 first-half points in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the period.

WHAT’S NEXT

UNC hosts Oregon State on Tuesday.

Appalachian State hosts North Carolina A&T on Wednesday.

STAT LINES

Four Tar Heels had at least three steals each. . Appalachian State, which came into the game leading the Sun Belt Conference in scoring, missed eight of its first 10 shots in the game.

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“Our practices have been abbreviated, and we have done as many shooting sessions in the last week or 10 days, so that could be some of it, but I love to shoot the 3,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said in explaining her team’s 0-for-7 shooting from 3-point range in the second half. “They didn’t give us a lot of looks, and also we were inside a lot. But we’ll keep working on it, and they have the green light to shoot it if they’re open.”

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