The North Carolina women’s basketball team exchanged shots with Gardner-Webb in its season opener, but it was the Bulldogs who landed the final blow.
No. 20 UNC (0-1) appeared on its way to an easy win before Gardner-Webb (1-0) stormed back to claim a 66-65 victory on the final shot of the game.
Following a closely contested first half, the Tar Heels found themselves down to unranked Gardner-Webb at the break after two quarters riddled with turnovers and poor shooting.
But North Carolina turned it on to start the third quarter, opening the half with a 12-2 run and claiming a 15-point advantage at the end of the quarter. UNC’s offense found its mark — shooting 66.7 percent in the period — but it was the defense that helped open up the lead, as Gardner-Webb managed only 11 points in the third quarter.
And after an offseason full of uncertainty, North Carolina looked all but sure to start its season undefeated.