A jumper. Two free throws. Then a layup. Then back-to-back threes.
That sequence was a 12-0 run in the third quarter that would ultimately be the North Carolina women’s basketball team’s downfall, as the squad dropped its fourth ACC game in a row on Wednesday to Virginia Tech, 90-74.
It was a frustrating night for the Tar Heels (14-10, 4-7 ACC), as they were repeatedly outworked by different Virginia Tech (16-8, 5-6 ACC) players. UNC shot just 42.3 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three, and 70 percent from the free throw line. The offense got bogged down, and usual contributors Jamie Cherry and Janelle Bailey were inefficient the entire game.
With its poor shooting night, the team needed strong defensive play. But the defensive effort was not there, as the Tar Heels failed to keep the game competitive in the second half and were outscored 56-37 in the final twenty minutes of play.
“We’ve always been known for our defense and rebounding,” head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “You just don’t know how hard it is for me to sit over there and take it whenever we’re not rebounding and whenever we’re not playing like we’re used to.”