After a tough battle throughout the game from both sides, the North Carolina women’s basketball team (2-2) came up short in the final seconds against South Alabama (2-1) in an 85-84 loss.
After the Tar Heels won the jump ball, redshirt junior Paris Kea executed a jumper for the first shot of the game. The Jaguars then went on an 8-0 run that was halted by a made free throw by UNC first-year Janelle Bailey. Following a media timeout with 4:41 left to go in the first quarter, South Alabama sophomore Savannah Jones came out with a quick three-pointer. Jones went on to finish the first quarter with 14 points.
UNC started the second quarter down 22-15, but flipped the script to outscore the Jaguars 22-15 in the second period to tie the game at 37 at halftime. The Tar Heels had the opportunity to take the last shot of the half, but Bailey was whistled for an illegal screen and the Jaguars got the ball back with seven seconds left, but also failed to score.
Bailey was a spark for UNC at the start of the third quarter as she scored the team’s first six points to give the Tar Heels the 43-42 lead. North Carolina rode off of Bailey’s early momentum to finish the third quarter with a 64-57 lead.
The Jaguars went on a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter to force the Tar Heels to call a timeout with 7:54 left to play. With a few minutes left to go in the game, Bailey fouled out to leave the Tar Heels without her 6-foot-4 presence in the paint. North Carolina was up 84-81 with 0:48 left to play, but couldn’t overcome a huge defensive rebound by South Alabama with nine seconds left in the game, sealing their fate.