Despite leading by as much as 15 in the first half, the North Carolina women’s basketball team lost at Clemson, 78-67.
Fresh off last week’s upset victory over No. 18 N.C. State, UNC (13-10, 2-8 ACC) started strong, shooting 10-for-15 in the game’s opening quarter to lead Clemson 23-13 after 10 minutes. In the second quarter, the Tar Heels sustained their momentum, twice extending their lead to 15 before heading to the half up 42-31.
In the first half, UNC shot 58.1 percent from the field, including 6-for-12 on 3-point attempts. Jamie Cherry, the team’s sole active upperclassman, paced the offense with 16 in the half as she sank four of her five attempts from beyond the arc. Perhaps ominously, Cherry also picked up three fouls in the half, which would limit her effectiveness against the Tigers (13-11, 2-9 ACC) down the stretch.
In the second half, the Tar Heels grew cold, shooting only 31.4 percent from the field and 2-for-16 on 3-pointers. Compounding this, Cherry picked up her fourth foul midway through the third, forcing her to the bench for most of the third quarter.
With Cherry on the bench, the Tigers clawed their way back, eventually evening the score at 51 with two minutes left in the third quarter. The two teams traded baskets until, with four minutes remaining in the game, Clemson went on an eight-point run to take a 70-63 lead, which it would not relinquish.