After an impressive upset win over ninth-ranked rival NC State in Chapel Hill on Thursday night, the North Carolina women’s basketball team (12-4, 3-2 ACC) was unable to secure a second top-25 win in four days when they travelled to Tallahassee to face No. 11 Florida State (15-2, 4-2 ACC). The Seminoles downed the Tar Heels 78-64, outpacing them on the offensive end and shooting a season-best 57 percent while UNC was held to a mere 38 percent shooting.
While UNC entered Sunday’s contest coming off an upset win on Thursday, Florida State was reeling from a surprising loss to unranked Georgia Tech the same night.
Both teams came out of the gates hot, trading 3-point buckets to begin a first half that would see Tar Heel senior guard Taylor Koenen rain four triples. The game remained air-tight for most of the first quarter, with neither team gaining more than a five-point advantage.
The tides of upset seemed to be turning in favor of the Tar Heels early in the second quarter, who led FSU 23-19 behind the low post play of junior Janelle Bailey and continued scoring dominance of Koenen. However, it was at this point when the game changed fundamentally for the surging Tar Heels.