CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Brianna Butler scored 22 points to help Syracuse erase an 18-point deficit and beat No. 6 North Carolina 78-73 on Thursday night.
Brittney Sykes had 17 points for the Orange (16-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 50-32 with 18 minutes remaining. Briana Day scored 11 points for Syracuse.
Butler scored 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that put her team ahead 72-69 with 2:42 remaining.
After a North Carolina turnover, Sykes hit a jumper to give the Orange a 74-69 lead with 2:05 to play.
The Tar Heels pulled to 74-71 on a putback by Allisha Gray, but Butler answered with a jumper to seal the game.
Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-4, 5-2), who had 18 of their 29 turnovers in the second half.
Stephanie Mavunga and Gray each had 16 points for North Carolina.