Kelly and Littlefield rally # 25 Women Tar Heels over B.C.
Carlie Littlefield scored 22 points, Deja Kelly added 19, including the last four in a 10-0 streak and the No. 25 North Carolina rallied to defeat Boston College 76-73 on Sunday.
The Eagles appeared to have the Atlantic Coast Conference opener under control when Jaelyn Batts opened the fourth quarter with a jumper to cap a 10-0 run that took it to 62-47.
From there, BC went 5 of 12 with nine turnovers. A 9-0 run brought North Carolina down to 66-64 with 4:05 to go, but Cameron Swartz scored five quick runs for the Eagles.
When Maria Gakdeng made a layup with 2:23 left, BC was leading 73-66. Littlefield had five straight points before Kelly’s 13-foot jumper with 10.2 seconds gave North Carolina their first lead since the start of the second quarter. Kelly then stole the ball and made two free throws with 9.1 seconds left. A 3-point Swartz was far from the rim as time went on.
Eva Hodgson added 15 for the Tar Heels (10-0), which are ranked for the first time since the 2015-16 preseason.
Swartz and Marnelle Garraud both had 20 points for Boston College (7-3), who haven’t beaten a ranked team since Jan. 30, 2010. Gakdeng added 11 points.
North Carolina shot just 39% (24 of 61) and was passed 40-27 but rose to 25 of 30 from the foul line. Boston College, which had three starting faults, shot 51% (28 of 55) but had 27 turnovers turned into 27 runs, and were 10 of 12 off the line.
Both teams had their previous game canceled due to opponents struggling with health and safety protocols.
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