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12-14-2018
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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.

Junior forward Te’ja Twitty added six points and sophomore guard Cece Crudup and junior guard Alexus Willey each added five points and sophomore forward Aja Boyd added seven rebounds.

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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