Coming off of four consecutive losses in conference games, the UNC women’s basketball team was unable to stop their slump on Sunday afternoon, falling 73-54 to No. 23 N.C. State in Raleigh.
The Tar Heels got off to a hot start, as Jaelynn Murray converted two transition layups to open the scoring for the team. A pair of Janelle Bailey field goals made it 8-3 as UNC jumped out to an early lead.
N.C. State rallied however, fighting their way back into the lead with a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter. A Taylor Koenen and-one play just before the buzzer gave the Tar Heels a 15-14 lead heading into the second.
The second quarter proved to be a stumbling block once again for UNC in conference play, with the Wolfpack having their way with North Carolina’s defense. A 19-4 run that stretched almost eight and a half minutes within the period gave the home team a commanding lead, and UNC was unable to come up with an answer. The game went into halftime with N.C. State up 34-21.
The third quarter featured more of the same, with the Wolfpack's offense continuing to put up points at a steady rate, and their defense giving UNC fits. Aislinn Konig led the Wolfpack with 10 points in the third frame, including two 3-pointers.