North Carolina women’s basketball bested the No. 4 N.C. State Wolfpack, 76-69, in a major upset on Sunday afternoon breaking its streak of three-straight conference losses.
First-year Alyssa Ustby led the Tar Heels in the first quarter, scoring eight points. UNC put N.C. State through a scoring drought for over three minutes toward the end of the opening frame, ending with a Tar Heel lead at the end of the first quarter, 19-16.
N.C. State shook off its momentary lack of scoring by starting the second quarter with four immediate points from the paint. UNC’s offense cranked up the heat toward the end of the quarter, going 6-0 from the floor for a stretch, which resulted in a seven-point Tar Heel lead at the end of the first half.
N.C. State wasn’t going down without a fight, though, and came out in the second half with more aggression. The Wolfpack were desperately trying to get points on the board, but they went 0-6 from the field to start the second half.
After a media timeout, the Wolfpack seemed to regain their footing while the Tar Heels slowly lost theirs. UNC began to struggle in completing their shots, while the Wolfpack came alive, making up the 12-point difference that the Tar Heels had toward the beginning of the third quarter and took the lead, 52-49, entering the final frame.
Going into the fourth quarter, the teams were separated by just three points and stayed close to that range for a while, matching each other shot for shot. Several 3-pointers from Ustby and graduate transfer guard Petra Holešínská maintained UNC’s lead, but not by much. N.C. State was mostly there with one answering shot after another.
In the end, the Tar Heels were able to topple the ACC giant with a score of 76-69.
Who stood out?