CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team failed to protect a double-digit lead in the first half, then trailed by 11 late in the game before staging a frantic comeback that wasn’t enough to overcome an extended shooting lull in a 60-57 loss to No. 15 North Carolina on Thursday night at Carmichael Arena.
Despite missing 17 of 19 shots during one stretch in the second half and needing eight minutes to score their first field goal after the break, the Terrapins had two chances to tie in the final seconds. First, Katie Rutan’s three-point attempt was blocked by Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, and another three-pointer from the junior guard hit the front of the rim as time expired to end Maryland’s six-game winning streak.
“Obviously a tough environment as always to come in here,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “Carolina did a tremendous job of taking us out of everything we wanted to do on the offensive end. It was a tough, physical game, but credit them in terms of how they defended and rebounded the basketball tonight.”