UNC women’s basketball takes down Duke on the road

Sunday’s game was a big one for Courtney Banghart and the UNC women’s basketball program. Fresh off a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech earlier in the week, the Tar Heels needed to rebound and get a win.

And they did so on Sunday, taking down No. 11 Duke 45-41 on the road and completing the season sweep.

It was a slow start for the Tar Heels in this game, trailing Duke 14-8 after the first quarter. Both teams’ defenses were stout, forcing tough shots and miscues on the other end.

Duke took a 20-16 lead into halftime, carrying some momentum. But in the second half, UNC was able to rally back.

The Tar Heels managed to tie the game at 29 after three quarters. Duke scored the first five of the fourth quarter, grabbing a 34-29 lead. But UNC didn’t back down and went on a run of their own to close out the game.

UNC went on a 10-3 run after trailing 38-35 to seal the win, backed by a big three-pointer from Kennedy Todd-Williams to tie the game. Deja Kelly then came up big with a layup and an and-1 opportunity with over a minute left to give UNC a 43-38 lead. Kelly’s free throws with 13 seconds left extended the lead to 45-41 and ended it there for the Tar Heels.

Kelly, Todd-Williams and Alyssa Utsby all finished with 9 points a piece while Paulina Paris had 7.

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