GREENSBORO, N.C. – A fourth-quarter drought ended UNC’s ACC Tournament run.
The No. 18 Tar Heels have found a way to pull out of its close games against No. 13 Duke this season. On Friday, the shots just weren’t falling. In the last four minutes, the Tar Heels missed their last seven shots and the game was over. North Carolina dropped the contest, 44-40, in a game that tied the fewest points in any ACC women’s tournament game ever.
“I didn't think we could score less,” coach Courtney Banghart, whose team finished with season lows for points and shooting, said. “I didn't think it would be as low scoring as it was the last time we played them, but it actually was.”
Five days removed from a 45-41 win over Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tar Heels found themselves on the other end of another low-scoring affair.
After leading 36-34 at the end of the third quarter, UNC only managed to score four points in a 13 percent shooting performance in the final quarter. When it mattered most, the Tar Heels mustered their lowest score and shooting percentage in a quarter this season.
“We were getting the shots that we wanted, they just weren’t falling,” junior forward Anya Poole said. “We had two good back-to-back 3-pointers from (Deja Kelly) and Eva (Hodgson) that just didn’t fall. It wasn’t like it was a contested shot, they just weren’t falling.”
With just under six minutes remaining in the game, Poole converted on a layup off of an assist from redshirt first-year Kayla McPherson to put UNC up 40-38.
From there, UNC went cold.
Duke sophomore guard Reigan Richardson drew first blood in the eventual 6-0 Blue Devil. After a bad pass from McPherson, sophomore guard Shayeann Day-Wilson drove into the paint and dished it out to a wide-open Richardson, who stood just inside of the 3-point line. Her jumper tied the game at 40-40.