UNC Basketball: Tar Heels fall to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium

UNC basketball takes a tough loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium, as Tar Heels fall 71-61 to Blue Devils.

Haley Gorecki scored a game-high 25 points, and Duke beat North Carolina by a final score of 71-61 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night.

Gorecki hit 7-of-12 shots for the game, 4-of-6 from three-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also recorded team-highs in rebounds (12) and assists (8), but committed a game-high six turnovers on the night. Three other Blue Devils — Boykin, Odom and Williams — scored in double-figures.

The Blue Devils hit 47.5 percent of their shots, and 36.8 percent of their threes. They shot just 11 free throws on the game (8-for-11), compared to North Carolina’s 26. Despite committing 18 turnovers and 18 fouls, they made enough plays in the closing minutes to win the game. Duke improved to 12-10 on the season, and 6-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

North Carolina was led by senior guard Shayla Bennett, who scored a team-high 19 points on a difficult 5-for-18 shooting performance. She did connect on 2-of-5 three-point attempts, and 7-of-8 at the free throw line, while adding five steals, three assists and two rebounds.

Malu Tshitenge added a dozen points on a 5-for-8 night from the floor. Janelle Bailey had another difficult offensive night, hitting just two of her 11 shot attempts on the game. She pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, though, and hit 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.

The Tar Heels put together a putrid shooting performance that saw them hit just 19-of-70 shots overall, and 6-of-24 from long-range. They also missed nine of their 26 free throw attempts. Even though they won the rebounding battle by three, and had five fewer fouls and turnovers, they simply couldn’t overcome a horrible shooting night. They also made a slew of mistakes in the fourth quarter — particularly when they closed the Duke lead to just five points — that made their comeback attempt futile in the end.

The loss drops the Tar Heels to 16-7 overall, and 7-5 in conference play. They’ll be back in action on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Carmichael Arena.

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