GREENSBORO — In the opening game of the 2018 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon, the North Carolina women’s basketball team avenged a January loss against Boston College with a 69-64 win. The Tar Heels ended their nine-game losing streak.
Sixteen seconds into the game, redshirt junior Paris Kea scored the first points of the game on a 3-pointer to give UNC (15-15) an early 3-0 lead over Boston College (7-23).
Kea finished the first quarter with 10 points to give the 12th-seeded Tar Heels a 15-6 lead over the 13th-seeded Eagles. Boston College’s six first-quarter points were the second fewest points that UNC has allowed during any quarter all season.
“She’s such a versatile player and she’s a great teammate,” head coach Sylvia Hatchell said of Kea. “She doesn’t want the focus or attention on her, but she just wants to win.”
A lay-up by redshirt first-year Jocelyn Jones fifteen seconds into the second quarter gave UNC an 11-point lead, but Boston College refused to have another low scoring quarter.
The Eagles offense turned around quickly and sank six 3-pointers in the second quarter.
At a media timeout with 4:42 left until halftime, the Eagles had shot their way back into the game and were only down by one, 22-21. Before the media timeout was called, Boston College was on a 6-0 run over the last 1:13 of play.
From there, the Eagles kept chipping into the Tar Heels’ lead, but Kea’s shooting kept North Carolina in the game. With eight seconds left in the half, Boston College’s Taylor Ortlepp nailed yet another 3-pointer to put the Eagles down by three at halftime, 31-28. The Eagles finished the quarter shooting 50 percent from the 3-point line.
At halftime, Kea led all scorers with 20 points on 8-13 shooting.