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The Jackets women’s basketball team dropped a 79-58 contest to the No. 11 UNC Tar Heels in Chapel Hill this past Sunday. The loss puts them at an even 8-8 (1-4 ACC) on the year, while UNC improves to 17-1 (5-0 ACC).

The Tar Heels scored 22 un- answered points and held Tech scoreless for nearly nine min- utes early in the first half to take a daunting 22-3 lead. It would prove to be too much to overcome as the Jackets failed to catch up for the remainder of the game.

As a team, UNC shot 53 per- cent from the field in the first half, compared to just 24 percent for Tech. They also had 21 points off the bench in that period compared to the Jackets’ three, as well as twice as many points off of turnovers. They were in control going into halftime with a 41-17 lead.

The second half showed some promise for the Jackets, but their efforts were too little, too late. They outscored UNC 41-38 and led the Tar Heels in second- chance points and points off turn- overs. They also out rebounded UNC in the game 43-27. However, the Jackets could only come within fifteen points as UNC con- tinued to play defense and milk the clock.

Freshman Brittany Jackson led the Jackets with 20 points, fol- lowed by junior Tyaunna Marshall with 15. Jackson was four-for-nine from beyond the arc and sunk six of her seven free throw attempts.

Juniors Dawnn Mayne and Shayla Bivins each put up six rebounds. On the other side, UNC had five players reach double digits in scoring.

The Jackets followed that game with a trip to play the Miami Hurricanes Thursday night after the time of press. Their next home game is on Sunday, when they will host the Maryland Terrapins at the McCamish Pavilion.