So it comes with little surprise that the Seminoles squeaked out a 80-78 overtime win against the Tar Heels in front of 5,275 at Carmichael Auditorium.
The game was UNC's fourth that went into overtime, a school record.
"We would be in first place in the ACC if we could win the close games," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said.
Instead, the loss keeps the Tar Heels (14-11, 7-7 in the ACC) stuck in the fifth spot, while the 'Noles (17-8, 9-5), who are enjoying their best season since 1991-92, trail only No. 4 Duke.
Brooke Wyckoff hit two free throws with 40.0 seconds left in OT and then sealed the win with a block of LaQuanda Barksdale's baseline jumper with about five seconds left on the clock.
Barksdale was able to regain possession and kick it out to Coretta Brown, whose 20-foot 3-point attempt clanged harmlessly off the side of the rim.
"I know that (Barksdale's) got a pretty good turnaround, and I just saw that she was a little far out and back a little," said Wyckoff, who battled foul trouble but still scored 14 points in 29 minutes.
"It was just reactionary -- just block a shot. For the first time all night, I didn't get called for a foul."
It didn't catch anybody off-guard that the Tar Heels got the ball to Barksdale with the game on the line.