TALLAHASSEE — Jessica Breland has been fighting illness and injury for a good part of two seasons. On Wednesday night, less than two weeks after having knee surgery, she led North Carolina to a big road win.
Breland came off the bench and scored 16 of her 22 in the second half and Waltiea Rolle hit all 12 free throws and finished with 18 points, leading the 15th-ranked Tar Heels to an 84-75 win over No. 19 Florida State (18-5, 6-2 ACC).
Breland, who had arthroscopic surgery on her left knee, made 10 of 17 shots overall and 7 of 11 in the second half. The redshirt senior said the repaired knee didn't bother her.
Seminoles coach Sue Semrau didn't disagree.
"She understands what a fight for your life is like," Semrau said. "She did a great job."
Breland, the Tar Heels' second leading scorer, missed last season while being treated for Hodgkins lymphoma.
The Tar Heels (20-3, 6-2) shot 50 percent from the floor and made 22 of 25 free throws while snapping FSU's four-game winning streak.
"This was a really, really good win for us," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said.
ROLLINS 74, TAMPA 66: The Tars handed the visiting Spartans (15-5, 7-3 Sunshine State) their second loss in three games despite 22 points from Gianna Messina.
ECKERD 64, BARRY 59: Taylor Young had 16 points to lead four players in double figures for the visiting Tritons (12-8, 5-5 SSC).
LYNN 61, SAINT LEO 53: Tashina Bailey had 20 points and nine rebounds for the host Knights, who handed the Lions (9-12, 1-9 SSC) their third straight loss.
NO. 1 BAYLOR 92, NO. 13 OKLA. 70: Brittney Griner had 29 points and Destiny Williams 19 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bears (20-1, 7-0 Big 12), who quickly put away the Sooners (16-5, 6-2).
NO. 22 IOWA ST. 79, OKLA. ST. 59: Kelsey Bolte bounced back from her worst shooting game of the season, a 5-for-20 performance Saturday against Missouri, with 20 points as the host Cylones (16-5, 4-3 Big 12) won their third straight.