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Lack of chemistry, 3-point defense doom UNC women's basketball in loss to Maine

UNC sophomore forward Janelle Bailey (44) gets ready to take a shot in UNC's 59-47 win over VCU on Nov. 14 at Carmichael Arena.

UNC sophomore forward Janelle Bailey (44) gets ready to take a shot in UNC's 59-47 win over VCU on Nov. 14 at Carmichael Arena.

Maine drowned the North Carolina women's basketball team (5-4) in a barrage of 3-pointers Sunday. The Black Bears scored 48 of their points from beyond the arc on the way to an 85-73 win.

UNC simply couldn’t handle the amount of 3-pointers Maine (5-2) made. Head coach Sylvia Hatchell tried different defensive schemes to stop the Black Bears. But whether UNC played man-to-man or zone, Maine continued to score.

“With shooters like that, it’s hard to play zone, but we probably were a little better, more successful in the zone," Hatchell said.

Hatchell said she knew that Maine was going to be a good team, since it lost to Duke by only three points. During Sunday’s game, Maine broke its 3-point record of 13 as it knocked in 16 3-pointers.

“They’re a very good team," Hatchell said. "I mean, I don’t know if we’ve ever had a team make that many threes against us."

Sophomore Janelle Bailey managed to score 21 points during the game, but was frustrated by her team's lack of chemistry. 

“If you don’t have chemistry, then you won’t go far," Bailey said. "If you don’t have heart, then you won’t go far, and we have to take pride in everything we do.” 

Aside from the team’s chemistry, Bailey said her teammates need to not dwell so much on their mistakes. She wants them to recognize the mistake and then move on.

“But you let one thing stop you, that just changes the whole thing," Bailey said. "(It's) part of chemistry, one person puts their head down in the sand and then the next person and the next person and the next person, and by the time you try to pick everybody up it’s too late.” 

The Tar Heels had been on the road for the past five games. Hatchell said that was a contributing factor in the loss because they weren’t able to hold many practices. 

“We’ve been on the road a lot, we’re back home now, we’ve got to take more pride in defending the home court," Hatchell said. "I was disappointed in that.” 

Hatchell also said she considers the team to be performing at a six on a scale out of ten, and that they will get better as the season progresses.

“It’s a young season, we’re disappointed," Hatchell said. "But again, Maine, they played a great game, and they just shot the lights out. I just couldn’t believe we couldn’t get the ball into Janelle. They had little people on her all night, you know, but we just didn’t do a good job with several things, and that was one of them.”

UNC will seek to snap its three-game losing streak against UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday. It will get a chance to correct some of its woes against the Seahawks.


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