UNC Women’s Basketball comeback comes up short against Michigan

The UNC women’s basketball program couldn’t overcome a large deficit as they suffered their second loss of the season on Tuesday night.

Courtney Banghart and the UNC women’s basketball program suffered their second loss of the season, both to Big Ten foes, as they were defeated by No. 19 ranked Michigan in the inaugural Jumpman Invitational.

North Carolina Tar Heels
Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines got off to a very hot start, scoring 35 first-quarter points on a staggering 75 percent from the floor. Michigan gained an early lead and never looked back, as they did just enough to keep the No. 6 ranked Tar Heels at bay.

Down by as many as 23 points, North Carolina did what they’ve been prone to do all season: mount a second-half comeback.

Unfortunately, they could not overcome this deficit, as they cut the lead to just six but couldn’t cut it closer.

Leigha Brown was the star for the Wolverines, as the senior scored a game-high 25 points. Teammate Laila Phelia contributed 20 points of her own in the victory.

It wasn’t the best shooting night for the Tar Heels, as they connected on just 32.4 percent of their shot attempts. Deja Kelly, who made just two of her 13 shots from the floor, led the way with 15 points, as she did the majority of her damage from the free-throw line.

The Tar Heels got some strong minutes off the bench from Destiny Adams, as she scored 12 points and recorded six rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Eva Hodgson (13 points) and Kennedy Todd-Williams (11 points) both scored in double-figures, while Alyssa Ustby recorded another double-double performance.

North Carolina heads into conference play with a 9-2 overall record. They’ll have a nice break for the holidays before they host Florida State in Chapel Hill on December 29.

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