UNC women beat Michigan State 62-53 in NCAAs
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Aerial Powers looked completely comfortable playing in her first NCAA tournament game. Her second didn't go nearly so well.
Two days after tallying a double-double and setting a program rebounding record in the tournament, the redshirt freshman battled foul trouble and didn't make a basket during Michigan State's 62-53 loss at North Carolina in Tuesday night's second round.
Powers, a 6-foot guard who missed last year with a torn left Achilles' tendon, finished with two points on 0-for-5 shooting in 17 minutes.
"I think they were really ready for her and up in her," Spartans coach Suzy Merchant said. "They did a nice job of collapsing on her or getting up in her. And she didn't respond very well."
Powers came in as a first-team all-Big Ten pick averaging a team-best 13.8 points. She had 26 points and set a program record for an NCAA game with 18 rebounds in the 30-point win against Hampton on Sunday. But with 6-2 sophomore Xylina McDaniel starting out on her defensively, Powers played just six minutes in a scoreless first half after picking up two fouls.
"The two fouls thing, anytime that happens to her, she struggles, to be honest with you," Merchant said. "When she has to sit in the first half, I mean, it's an emotional-mental thing for her. She's had times when she's bounced back from it. She's had times where she hadn't. That's where she has to get better."
For North Carolina, freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
Fellow rookie Allisha Gray added 10 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9), who 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
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