On the next possession, redshirt junior forward Hillary Summers sank a jump shot. Twenty seconds later, sophomore guard Jamie Cherry drained her own 3-pointer. With each basket, the memory of the 29-point loss against N.C. State on Jan. 31 was slowly fading away.
But in the second quarter, the Wolfpack started making shots and the Tar Heels started making mistakes — shades of the first match-up. The Wolfpack out-scored the Tar Heels 26-12 in the second quarter en route to an 80-66 victory and a season sweep over UNC for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
“We started out great,” Coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “We were fired up and making shots. N.C. State has a lot of weapons, they’re a very veteran team ... They started making shots, and we started making mistakes.”
In January’s match-up, the Wolfpack held a 33-28 advantage at halftime. To begin the second half, N.C. State used a 28-11 run to bolster its lead to 61-39.