On Jamie Cherry’s senior night at Carmichael Arena, the North Carolina women's basketball team fell to Syracuse to extend its losing streak to eight games on Thursday evening, 86-80. The Orange (21-7, 9-6 ACC) made 20 threes to set an ACC record.
Both teams started the game firing. Thanks to steady outside shooting, the Orange held a 20-15 lead before UNC (14-14, 4-11 ACC) stormed back quickly with eight straight points in just 42 seconds to grab a 23-20 lead – its largest of the quarter.
Janelle Bailey picked up two early fouls – and was lucky not to earn a third – in the opening quarter, but the first-year also scored 10 points.
Despite shooting 11-for-18 in the first, the Tar Heels trailed 28-27, in spite of seven made 3-pointers from the Orange in the period.
UNC kept its strong offensive pace to open the second quarter. Cherry hit two jumpers, including one from three, and the Tar Heels went on a 12-0 run to lead 39-30 with five minutes left in the half.
But the Tar Heels struggled to close out the half and scored only two more points in the second quarter’s final five minutes. Syracuse regained its footing and slowly chipped away at UNC’s lead, finally drawing even at 41 right before the half, thanks to a slashing lay-up from Tiana Mangakahia.
The Orange regained their outside shooting in the game’s third quarter, hitting six-of-eight threes to seize a 66-62 lead heading into the fourth.
Syracuse’s outside shooters maintained their momentum in the final quarter, hitting three triples early on to extend its lead to 75-65 early in the fourth.