UNC Basketball: Tar Heels flounder against fifth-ranked Cardinals

UNC basketball falls behind early and can’t recover, as Tar Heels lose to fifth-ranked Louisville at Carmichael Arena

Dana Evans led all scorers with 22 points, and fifth-ranked Louisville beat North Carolina 74-67 at Carmichael Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Evans hit 7-of-17 shots from the floor, and 3-of-7 from three-point range. She hit all five of her free throw attempts, and dished out a game-high six assists. Jazmine Jones added 19 points for the Cardinals, and six other Louisville players combined for 33 points on 14-for-28 shooting.

The Cardinals shot 48.3 percent for the game, but hit just 3-of-15 shots from beyond the arc. They connected on 15-of-18 free throws, though, and won the rebounding battle by nine. They improved to 18-1 on the season, and 7-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Taylor Koenen and Madinah Muhammad led North Carolina with 17 points a piece. They combined to hit 13-of-30 shots from the floor, and 4-of-16 from long-range. Janelle Bailey added 16 points and eight rebounds in 38 minutes.

The Tar Heels made a late run to close the Cardinals’ lead to single-digits, but it wasn’t enough in the end. They shot better than 46 percent for the game, 30 percent from three-point range and 13-of-16 from the charity stripe. The loss drops North Carolina to 13-5 overall, and 4-3 in conference play.

They’ll be back in action on Thursday night when they face off with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets before a Sunday matchup with NC State in Raleigh.

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