Bennett, Tar Heels hand No. 9 Wolfpack first loss, 66-60

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North Carolina State center Elissa Cunane (33) drives to the basket while North Carolina center Janelle Bailey (30) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Shayla Bennett scored 20 points and North Carolina again handed a highly ranked North Carolina State team its first loss of the season, beating the No. 9 Wolfpack 66-60 on Thursday night.

Taylor Koenen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who rallied from 12 down midway through the third quarter.

It was the first win in the longtime rivalry for first-year UNC coach Courtney Banghart. Aislinn Konig had 24 points to lead the Wolfpack.

The Tar Heels handed N.C. State its first loss last year, too, that one coming after the Wolfpack started 21-0.

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