The North Carolina women’s basketball team lost Sunday afternoon in Carmichael Arena to No. 6 Notre Dame, 77-55.
The Fighting Irish (18-3, 6-1 ACC) entered Sunday’s game as the heavy favorite. While UNC (12-8, 1-6 ACC) had only one win in the ACC, Notre Dame had just one conference loss coming into the contest. The Tar Heels had to play four near-perfect quarters to stand a chance, but a bad second quarter doomed them.
Paris Kea led the charge in the first quarter and the Fighting Irish did not have an answer. There were four lead changes, but then Notre Dame’s size took over. Junior Brianna Turner posed too great a threat for the Tar Heel defense, putting up 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks by halftime. She would go on to lead the Irish with 24 points. UNC was down just three points after the first quarter, but Notre Dame outmatched UNC in all phases from that point on.
The Tar Heels missed redshirt senior Hillary Fuller, who was sidelined with a right knee injury. Fuller is out for the season and likely played the last game of her career.
Her absence places immense pressure on UNC’s eight first-years, as Fuller was the team’s only upperclassman and primary big. Despite the hot shooting start, the inexperience inside eventually showed and North Carolina was left with another blowout loss.