Sunday’s ACC opener in Tallahassee wasn’t exactly the way head coach Sylvia Hatchell and the UNC women’s basketball team were hoping to ring in the new year, as the Tar Heels fell 103-65 to No. 13 Florida State.
The Seminoles (13-1, 1-0 ACC) received a career-high 33 points from Imani Wright, and finished the game shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor–all while out-rebounding the Tar Heels by a margin of 47-22.
Wright’s eight three-pointers also spearheaded a 10-for-20 shooting effort from behind the arc for Florida State–which built a 42-point lead during the second half.
By halftime, UNC (10-4, 0-1 ACC) already found itself in a 22-point hole as stars Janelle Bailey and Jamie Cherry battled foul trouble in the early going.
Junior guard Paris Kea led the Tar Heels with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Bailey added 17 points and five rebounds of her own, with Cherry tacking on an additional 10 points.
The Tar Heels–who have now lost back-to-back games after previously winning eight in a row–will try to recover on Thursday, when they visit Boston College. That game is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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