Once again, it wasn’t the fourth quarter that cost the North Carolina women’s basketball team an ACC win.
A 14-0 run by Boston College (9-16, 2-10) to end the first quarter put the Tar Heels (13-11, 2-9) behind the eight-ball early, and a strong second half couldn’t quite get UNC past the Eagles’ school-record performance from beyond the arc in an 88-77 win for Boston College in Carmichael Arena.
“They were getting points in transition,” head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “They ran with us, and we were really surprised with that.”
UNC shot the ball poorly in the first quarter, hitting just 18.2 percent from the field and finishing 1-for-8 from three. Boston College shot 53.3 percent from the field and went 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point line. The Eagles were able to take advantage of their size in the post, both driving into the lane and posting up on the low block for easy buckets, while UNC was forced to settle for jumpers.
The first quarter, however, was only a microcosm of the problems that plagued North Carolina throughout the game.