The North Carolina women's basketball team fell to No. 17 Miami, 100-88, in Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday night.
It was a game of runs, but the Hurricanes (15-5, 4-4 ACC) were able to put together a few more than the Tar Heels. UNC (12-9, 1-7 ACC) jumped out in front early, in large part because of hot shooting. A 12-for-18 performance from the floor in the first quarter gave the Tar Heels a slight 27-24 lead heading into the second period. But the outlook of the game wasn't steady even then, as the Hurricanes outrebounded the Tar Heels, 15-4, in the first quarter.
In the second, the Hurricanes continued to outrebound the Tar Heels, leading to a barrage of second-chance points for Miami. But with the slick shooting of Paris Kea — the redshirt sophomore had 18 points at halftime — UNC was able to tie the game at 44 heading into intermission tied.
From then on, it was all Miami. The Hurricanes used a 31-point third quarter to put the game out of reach for UNC.
Who stood out?
Paris Kea led the charge for the Tar Heels — especially in the opening quarter. Kea tallied 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the opening period of play. The Hurricanes were able to adjust and stymie her scoring moving forward, but Kea still finished with a game-high 26 points for UNC in the losing effort.