The 14th-seeded North Carolina women’s basketball team‘s season likely ended on Thursday night in Conway, S.C. The Tar Heels fell to sixth-seeded Syracuse, 83-64, in the second round of the ACC Tournament.
For the second game in as many days, junior guard Jamie Cherry started off with a 14-point first quarter. Over the course of the first period Cherry and Syracuse’s Alexis Peterson, the 2016-17 ACC Women’s Player of the Year, went back and forth, trading 3-pointers and layups with abandon. Peterson scored 12 in the quarter as Syracuse (21-9, 11-5 ACC) built a seven-point lead over UNC (15-16, 3-13 ACC).
Syracuse made use of its size advantage inside from the opening whistle. In the first half, the Orange collected 13 offensive rebounds and scored 17 second-chance points. Syracuse collected half of its misses and outrebounded UNC 26-15 in the half. At halftime, North Carolina trailed 45-34.
Despite opening the third quarter a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, UNC found itself down 17 halfway through the period. The Orange used a full-court press to force the Tar Heels into nine turnovers in the quarter.
Heading into the fourth, UNC trailed 78-56. Despite winning the fourth quarter, North Carolina couldn’t close the gap.