The North Carolina women’s basketball team lost 75-85 to Kentucky in the last game of the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
UNC (5-2) started the game out well, propelling to a 22-11 lead by a 13-2 run in the first quarter. Kentucky (7-0) would go on to cut the lead to just two by the end of the quarter, with star Wildcats guard Rhyne Howard hitting two three pointers and and a pair of free throws.
In the second quarter, North Carolina managed to push its lead up to nine off the back of Stephanie Watts, who made three 3-pointers in the quarter. The third quarter saw the Tar Heels maintain a six point lead, albeit while only scoring 13 points in the period.
It all fell apart for UNC in the fourth quarter, as Kentucky went on an offensive explosion, outscoring North Carolina 31-15 to eventually win the game by 10. North Carolina struggled with turnovers, registering five in the quarter. The Wildcats shot 16 free-throws in the fourth quarter alone, compared to just four by the Tar Heels.