The 1990 Tar Heels lost the first game of their season for the first time in the NCAA era, but answered with nine straight wins, including five by shutout. A loss to Maryland halted the run, and UNC strung together four more wins before a neutral-site loss to Northwestern. A 14-1 run over the next three games closed the regular season with a 16-3 record. Two wins in the ACC tournament meant that UNC was the top seed in the NCAA tournament after posting an 18-3 record that included five wins over tournament teams. Two of those wins were over Old Dominion—ODU’s only two losses of the season. The Heels were led by Olympians Laurel Hershey and Leslie Lyness and All-Americans Peggy Anthon and Jennifer Clark. UNC advanced to the final game where they lost to ODU after beating them twice during the regular season.
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