CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC Greensboro junior guard Nadine Soliman recorded a double-double as the Spartans (4-6) fell to North Carolina (7-4) 83-62 Friday night in Carmichael Arena.
Soliman led the team with a game-high 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the floor, including shooting 6-for-11 from the 3-point line and added 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals, while junior guard Alexis Pitchford added 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-6 from downtown and added four assists.
Soliman’s three pointer to start the game gave the Spartans an early 3-0 lead with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter, but North Carolina scored the next eight points to take a five-point lead, 8-3, with 4:23 left. A Crudup three cut the lead to two points, 8-6, with 3:58 remaining, but the Tar Heels scored 14 of the final 19 points to take a first quarter lead of 11 points, 22-11.
North Carolina scored 10 of the first 12 points of the second quarter to take a 19-point lead, 32-13, with 8:07 remaining in the quarter, but a Willey layup cut the lead to 17 points, 32-15, with 7:02 left. The Tar Heels scored seven of the next 10 points to increase the lead to 21 points, 39-18, with 3:49 remaining, but UNCG scored the next five points to cut the lead to 16 points, 39-23, with 1:16 left. North Carolina scored the final four points to increase the halftime lead to 20 points, 43-23.
The Spartans scored seven of the first 11 points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 17 points, 47-30, with 7:16 remaining in the quarter, but North Carolina scored 19 of the final 26 points to take a third quarter lead of 29 points, 66-37.
A UNC free throw increased the lead to 30 points, 67-37, with 8:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans scored 25 of the next 38 points to cut the lead to 18 points, 80-62, with 30 seconds left in the game, but a three-point play gave the Tar Heels the 21-point win.
The Spartans return home to face Liberty Sunday at 2 p.m. in Fleming Gymnasium.
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