On Thursday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team fell to Auburn in overtime, 86-81, in its final game of the Carolinas Challenge.
It was a battle of runs throughout much of the game between North Carolina (8-5) and Auburn (10-1) in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The second quarter featured a 10-2 run by Auburn and the third quarter contained a 9-2 run for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina was able to overcome a 34-29 first-half deficit to take Auburn to overtime, however the Tigers controlled the entire extra period. Auburn outscored UNC 17-12 and never let the Tar Heels get the lead in the overtime frame.
Turnovers also played a key role in the loss that snapped UNC’s three-game win streak. Despite outshooting their opponent and sharing the ball well, the Tar Heels suffered 27 turnovers, helping Auburn get 24 second chance points. Four Tiger players finished the game with at least three steals each.