In a potential revenge game against Miami (6-4, 3-4 ACC), the North Carolina women’s basketball team (7-3, 2-3 ACC) fell short in a 69-59 loss to the Hurricanes and dropped into the bottom half of the ACC.
In the first quarter, the Tar Heels started off in an even defensive battle with the Hurricanes, going shot-for-shot. In the final minutes of the quarter, UNC held Miami to one basket and went on a 10-point run with four scores, ending the first period with a 16-9 lead.
The second quarter was defined by runs for both team’s offenses, but more so for the Hurricanes. After a solid ending to the first quarter, the Tar Heels lost their momentum in the beginning of the second period and began to miss shots and make mistakes.
Miami was able to exploit the UNC defense, which had held the Hurricanes to under 10 points in the first quarter, and quickly erased the deficit. After a 19-19 tie midway through the second quarter, UNC responded with an 11-2 run, but the Hurricanes quickly hit three 3-pointers in the final minutes of the half.
Though UNC had controlled the game with a single-digit lead for the majority of the afternoon, the two teams went into the break tied, 30-30.
Coming out of the halftime break, the third quarter featured many of the same struggles seen in the previous quarter for the Tar Heels, with Miami continuing to steamroll the defense. With 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Hurricanes had fashioned themselves an 11-point lead, leaving the score at 54-43.
Though UNC was down 11, its defense tightened up in the fourth quarter, and the Tar Heels only allowed 14 points. Even so, the Tar Heels were not able to erase the deficit from the prior period and lost the game, 69-59.