After securing its first ACC victory on Sunday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team (12-5, 2-2 ACC) faced off against a struggling Clemson (10-7, 0-4 ACC) on Thursday night in Carmichael Arena. The Tar Heels managed to come out victorious in a low-scoring affair, notching their second-straight ACC win, 59-52.
The game got off to a quick start, with Clemson taking the tip-off and getting an easy lay-in. However, the Tigers entered a scoring drought just as quickly as they got their first points of the game and didn't score for four minutes. Meanwhile, first-year Janelle Bailey began asserting her dominance down low, recording three rebounds in the first two minutes. The Tar Heels ended the quarter on a 14-0 run, leading the Tigers 20-4.
After struggling mightily in the first quarter, Clemson made a small run of its own to start the second quarter, outscoring UNC 7-2 in the first two and a half minutes. Following the run, the Tigers quickly went cold again, scoring only four points in the final seven and a half minutes of the first half. The Tar Heels weren’t on fire either, though, ending the first half hitting zero of their last six field goal attempts. The half ended in a 32-15 UNC lead, with senior Jamie Cherry leading all scorers with nine points.