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No. 11 North Carolina cruises past Ark. St. 93-60

AP - Sports

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 24 points as No. 11 North Carolina easily beat Arkansas State 93-60 on Thursday.

The Tar Heels (5-1) entered the game ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to only 27.8 percent shooting in its first five games.

It was much of the same against Arkansas State (4-2), which shot 25.7 percent (18 of 70) for the game.

North Carolina shot 62.1 percent in the first half, held Arkansas State to 5-of-32 shooting and led 50-21 at halftime. DeShields had 14 at the break and Xylina McDaniel made both of her 3-point attempts, adding 10. Stephanie Mavunga had three blocks in the first half.

DeShields was one of five players in double-figures for North Carolina. McDaniel had 16, Allisha Gray 12, Danielle Butts 11, and Jessica Washington added 10.

Jalen O'Bannon led the way for Arkansas State with 15 points.

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