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And for a while it looked like they would.

UT Martin seemed to surprise the taller Tar Heels with their speed and ability to get to the basket in the early going.

Led by Butler, who had 13 points at the break, UT Martin was 6 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half to build a 35-22 lead at the break. UNC was just 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half.

UT Martin held DeShields was 0 for 4 from the field in the first half. However, she had 11 points during her team’s crucial 15-0 run.

But she didn’t have the play of the game.

With North Carolina leading 54-53 with three minutes to go, McDaniel wound up on the floor going for an offensive rebound.

The ball fell into her hands.

She looked around momentarily and then threw the ball off the glass and into the basket. She smiled and laughed as she got up and ran back down the floor.

UT Martin wasn’t done though.

Jasmine Newsome knocked down a 3-point with 1:15 left in the game to tie it at 58.

But when Latifah Coleman missed a jump shot, McDaniel was there for the put back and the go ahead points, helping salvage UNC’s season.

They will move on to face No. 5 Michigan State in the second round on Tuesday.

The game was delayed at the start of the second half because the scoreboard at Carmichael Arena had to be lowered to the floor to fix a buzzing noise in the sound system. It took about 15 minutes to fix the problem.

The delay didn’t seem to bother UT Martin.

They stayed hot in the second half working the ball inside to Ashia Jones, who seemed to score at will in the low post. She finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

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