The Tar Heels, 10-1 all-time in the Preseason WNIT, took the lead for good early in the first half, thanks in part to guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who finished with 22 points and earned MVP honors in the event. Teammate Xylina McDaniel, a freshman who was also named to the All-Tournament Team, posted the second double-double of her young career with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The championship title capped a march that saw North Carolina defeat Davidson, Duquesne, and No. 25 Georgetown before earning the title at Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa, which is 3-1 on the season after defeating Northern Illinois, Illinois State, and Middle Tennessee, struggled with its outside shot. But the Hawkeyes were encouraged by the strong return of Jaime Printy, who tore her ACL in the middle of last season. Printy and Morgan Johnson (20 points, 11 rebounds Sunday) were both named All-Tournament for their efforts.
Also voted to the All-Tournament Team were Sugar Rodgers from Georgetown and Ebony Rowe of Middle Tennessee. Players on the All-Tournament Team were selected from semifinal teams.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown
Morgan Johnson, Iowa
Jaime Printy, Iowa
Ebony Rowe, Middle Tennessee
Xylina McDaniel, North Carolina
MVP: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, North Carolina
Morehead, Ky. - Northern Illinois capped a stellar showing in the tournament with a 76-46 victory over host Morehead State in the Consolation Round 2 championship at Morehead.
Satavia Taylor scored 18 points for Northern Illinois, and Kailee Howe had 13 for Morehead State.
In the other game at Morehead, Davidson defeated Kennesaw State 63-54 behind 15 points from Sofia Aleksandravicius. Kennesaw State got 13 points from Chelsea Mason.
Normal, Ill. - Memphis captured a close battle in the Consolation Round 3 game, edging host Illinois State 76-74 for the victory.
Memphis' lone senior Nicole Dickson broke out for a career high 36 points. Illinois State also got a career high, this one from Janae Smith who scored 31 points.
Sunday, Nov. 18
North Carolina 77, Iowa 64
Consolation Round 2
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
At Morehead State
Northern Illinois 76, Morehead State 46
Davidson 63, Kennesaw State 54
Consolation Round 3
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
At Illinois State
Memphis 76, Illinois State 74