With 3:41 left in Sunday's game, the North Carolina women's basketball team trailed Southern Miss for the first time since the first half.
But after tying the game with about a minute left, the Tar Heels used a 9-2 run to clinch a 69-62 victory over the Lady Eagles at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
UNC (8-5) was shooting 36 percent from the field halfway through the second period, and with just under four minutes remaining in the first half, Southern Miss (6-4) held a seven-point lead.
But redshirt junior forward Hillary Summers turned the tide in the Tar Heels’ favor with back-to-back baskets. Summers and sophomore guard Jamie Cherry helped North Carolina tie the game at 30 before first-year guard Stephanie Watts made a pair of foul shots to give UNC a 32-30 halftime lead.
The Tar Heels' rebounding efforts and improved shooting allowed them to hold a narrow lead for a majority of the second half. But two consecutive baskets by first-year center Caitlin Jenkins put the Eagles on top 60-57 with 2:31 remaining.