March Madness: UNC's Deja Kelly hits game-tying shot after being carried off, but No. 3 Ohio State gets win

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 20: Deja Kelly #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots the ball during the game between between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the North Carolina Tar Heels in Second Round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Seattle Regional 3 on March 20, 2023 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Deja Kelly had her moment, but Ohio State now has its win. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

No. 7 seed North Carolina saw its season end on Monday, but not without some major drama.

The Tar Heels lost to No. 3 seed Ohio State 71-69 in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament, but seemed in danger of losing by much more when All-ACC point guard Deja Kelly went down with an apparent leg injury.

The junior basically had to be carried off the court after getting hit by a screen. At the time, UNC trailed 62-50 with about seven minutes left, which isn't a great time to lose your best player. Kelly was eventually taken to the locker room.

The Tar Heels found some energy after that, though, and went on an 11-2 run to pull back within striking distance of the Buckeyes. Then they got an improbable boost when Kelly returned to the court.

Minutes later, Kelly hit a game-tying shot with 9.8 seconds left.

Unfortunately, 9.8 seconds is still a very large amount of time to leave a home team in March. Ohio State got the ball back and won on a floater from Jacy Sheldon with 1.8 seconds left.

Kelly finished with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-18 shooting, plus 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 3 turnovers. Sheldon had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Ohio State will advance to face the winner of No. 2 UConn and No. 7 Baylor in the Sweet 16, with a chance at reaching its first Elite Eight since 1993.