The UNC women’s basketball team fell to the Maine Black Bears, 85-73, on Sunday at Carmichael Arena.
The opening quarter was one defined by runs. Maine (5-2) stormed out of the gates, causing mayhem defensively and jumping out to a 7-0 lead, forcing an early time out from UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell.
After three minutes, senior guard Paris Kea removed the lid from the basket for the Tar Heels, sinking a three to end the North Carolina (5-4) drought. This bucket started a six point spurt for UNC, bringing the deficit down to one. The teams battled the entire quarter, but Maine held an advantage for the majority of the period. With 27 seconds remaining, two free throws from UNC’s Taylor Koenen brought the score to 18-18, the first tie since the opening tip.
The second quarter saw an offensive explosion. A pretty pass from redshirt sophomore Jocelyn Jones to center Janelle Bailey gave UNC its first lead of the afternoon at 20-18. Now it was the Tar Heels turn to hold a slender lead, something they could not do very long. Blanca Millan took the lead back for Maine on a three with 6:31 remaining, sparking a 19-5 run for Maine on the way to a 44-32 lead at the break.