Paris Kea could have been the name in everyone’s mouths after scoring 31 points, one short of her career high, to go along with a career-high 11 assists for an excellent performance against South Alabama. Perhaps it should have been Janelle Bailey, whose efficient inside scoring kept North Carolina afloat on a night when many of its normal shots weren’t falling.
Bailey instead fouled out in the fourth quarter of a close game, and the Tar Heels lost, 85-84, on Sunday afternoon in Carmichael Arena. A game-winning 3-pointer attempt from guard Jamie Cherry, who ended up going 0-10 from the field, rimmed out at the buzzer.
After the game, head coach Sylvia Hatchell was clearly frustrated with the how the officials called fouls on Bailey.
“I don’t know.” Hatchell said. “I’ve got no answers for why she’s not getting any respect in there.”
UNC scored 42 of its 84 points in the paint, and without Bailey down the stretch, found it difficult to score at all. The Tar Heels only managed to score seven points for the rest of the game after Bailey fouled out at the 4:11 mark of the fourth quarter.