The UNC women’s basketball team fell to Miami, 76-68, on Sunday in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes broke out to a staggering lead, scoring 27 points to North Carolina’s five with 24 seconds left in the first quarter. The Tar Heels didn't score for more than seven minutes during the opening quarter, and finished with eight points and in a massive deficit at the first break.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Tar Heels gained more steam, led by junior Taylor Koenen and redshirt junior Stephanie Watts. UNC came out and made several 3-pointers, but it was still outscored by the Hurricanes, 15-14. By halftime, Miami amassed a 20 point lead.
The Hurricanes continued to hold a significant control of the game throughout the third quarter. The game went largely back and forth, with both teams creating shots or draw fouls. Notably, UNC’s Taylor Koenen had three steals, all in the third quarter.
It was not until the fourth quarter when the Tar Heels mounted a comeback, scoring 28 points to bring the game close. Down the stretch, UNC went on a 16-2 run, receiving major contributions from behind the arc from Watts and sophomore Leah Church during that period.
UNC went on an eight-point tear in the final 40 seconds of action, recording a lay-up, a steal, and two three pointers. Nevertheless, Miami held off the rally and won by eight.
Who stood out?
Watts led the Tar Heels with 22 points on 9-21 from the field. The redshirt junior guard also posted a team-high 5 assists along the way to her 17th double-double, her first in over two years.