DURHAM — The North Carolina women’s basketball team (17-13, 8-8 ACC) fell, 62-44, to Duke (14-14, 6-10) on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, UNC will be the eighth seed in next week's ACC Tournament.
The Tar Heels spent a majority of the game playing from behind. They held the lead for just over two minutes, while Duke dominated the other 35:21 and a tie for a little over a minute.
The Blue Devils got on the board quickly after two free throws due to a personal foul by junior Taylor Koenen. After a missed layup by redshirt senior Paris Kea, Duke found their way onto the board again, setting the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Sophomore Leah Church led the offensive effort for UNC, making the team’s only two 3-pointers of the first quarter.
UNC was behind, 16-10, going into the second period. Duke’s Leaonna Odom fired off two quick jumpers, pushing their lead to 20-10. Due to a series of miscommunications and the inability to contain Odom, UNC only made four baskets in the second quarter, two of which were 3-pointers by Church as well as one 3-pointer by Kea. Heading into halftime, Duke held a 35-21 lead.