UNC women beat Michigan State 62-53 in NCAAs
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Diamond DeShields had it all working: the pullup in transition, the stepback jumper over a defender, the defense, the rebounding.
Determined to put her lackluster NCAA tournament debut behind her, North Carolina's star freshman put on a dominating show to help the Tar Heels beat Michigan State 62-53 in Tuesday night's second round.
DeShields finished with 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, a reversal from the game that nearly put an early end to UNC's season.
The 6-foot-1 guard from Norcross, Ga., did it all with the ease -- and even swagger -- of a veteran.
"There were no nerves," she said. "I was extremely fired up for the game tonight. ... We were very comfortable as soon as that ball got thrown into the air. And it showed."
It sure did. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9) led by nine at halftime then dominated the opening minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout.
North Carolina ran off 14 straight points to blow the game open, with DeShields scoring twice during that flurry to build a 57-31 lead with 11
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.