A game that started out encouragingly for the North Carolina women's basketball team didn't end that way, as the Tar Heels fell to Florida State, 90-77, inside Carmichael Arena on Thursday.
Both teams came out looking to run and UNC (11-4, 0-2 ACC) cut the lead to one before Leticia Romero hit a tough 3-pointer for the No. 6 Seminoles (14-2, 2-1 ACC) to make it 19-15 late in the first quarter. That was the closest UNC would get the rest of the game, as it was all Seminoles from that point on.
The Tar Heels went into halftime down just 10 points, but Florida State started the second half strong — scoring the first eight points and putting the Tar Heels in an insurmountable hole.
Sophomore Stephanie Watts finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, as four Tar Heels finished in double digits. Before Monday, UNC was 11-0 when three or more players broke the 10-point mark. But the size of No. 18 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Florida State proved too much for North Carolina in its ACC-opening losses.
“You have to give Florida State credit, because while they are big, they are also mobile," Watts said. "They were getting up and down the court and we were able to fast break some. But on the plus side for them, they are big and they move pretty well, so we were unable to fast break completely.”