Former Washington County star Allisha Gray powers North Carolina women in rout of New Orleans

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Former Washington County standout Allisha Gray cored 20 points as No. 14 North Carolina broke the 100-point mark for the second consecutive game in a 124-41 victory over New Orleans on Monday night.

Diamond DeShields also had 20 points for the Tar Heels.

Coming off a 51-point win over Charleston Southern on Saturday, North Carolina (9-2) set a school record for points. The previous record was 121, set in 1985. It was North Carolina’s first consecutive 100-point games since 2009-10.

The Tar Heels scored their 17th point before Dannisha Jackson got New Orleans on the board at the 14:17 mark. North Carolina led 30-2 with 11:27 left and pushed it to 72-18 at halftime.

Octavia Wilson had 21 points for New Orleans (0-9), which lost 111-38 to Mississippi State on Nov. 17. The Privateers shot 27.8 percent from the field.

Gray, a freshman, is averaging 15.1 points a game.

NO. 23 SYRACUSE 82, TEMPLE 76

In Syracuse, N.Y., Shakeya Leary scored 24 points and Brittney Sykes added 20 for Syracuse.

The Owls (5-3) pulled within 68-66 when Meghan Roxas hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 left. Sykes answered for Syracuse (9-1) with a three-point play and a layup. In between, Rachel Coffey hit a 3-pointer and the Orange lead was back to 77-67 with little more than a minute to go.

Brianna Butler had 13 points for Syracuse and Coffey added 11.

Feyonda Fitzgerald scored eight of her career-high 28 points, including two 3-pointers, in Temple’s 16-4 run that made it 49-48. Over the next 5 minutes the teams traded the lead four times.

Natasha Thames added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Erica Coville had 12 points for Temple.

NO. 24 FLORIDA STATE 61, NORTH FLORIDA 42

In Tallahassee, Fla., Ivey Slaughter scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Florida State.

Florida State (9-1) held North Florida without a field goal for more than 5 minutes to start the game and took an 11-0 lead.

The Seminoles forced 14 turnovers in the first half while limiting the Ospreys to 27.3 percent shooting from the field and took a 28-17 halftime lead.

Morgan Jones converted a three-point play and hit a 3-pointer during a 13-1 run early in the second half as Florida State extended its lead to 21 points with 13:05 to play. North Florida (2-7) wouldn’t get closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Natasha Howard scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field for the Seminoles.

Bailey Florin and Amber Robinson scored 10 points each for the Ospreys.


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