The North Carolina women's basketball team defeated No. 18 N.C. State 83-70 behind 14 3-pointers — tying the UNC record.
From the tip, N.C. State (16-6, 6-3 ACC) knew they would need to get shots up against North Carolina (13-9, 2-7 ACC). With two 3-point attempts in the first 47 seconds, the Wolfpack showed they would try to match the shooting effort of the guard-focused Tar Heels. And while a fast-pace shooting effort can often expose the cracks in an inexperienced team like UNC, a simple requirement for success is that your shots go through the net. N.C. State couldn't land attempts, shooting just 19 percent in the quarter.
The shooting problems persisted into the beginning of the second quarter as N.C. State suffered a nearly six-minute stretch with only two made field goals. After leading by as much as 18, the Tar Heels appeared to be cooling off themselves in the final 5:01 of the half, as they went zero for their last seven and ended the half with an eight-point lead.
The Tar Heels feature the youngest roster in the nation, and the lineup has wilted in the second half of big games. But North Carolina didn’t allow the cold stretch to follow them into the second half, melting it with a blistering 66.7 shooting percentage in the third quarter.
The Tar Heels headed into the fourth quarter with a 16-point lead and the chance at a marquee win against a ranked in-state rival. But the Wolfpack pressured the Tar Heels, trimming the lead to five late in the game. The pressure never broke the young Tar Heels, as they cruised home for an 83-70 victory.