Questions abound for the North Carolina women’s basketball team
The North Carolina women’s basketball program might have lost two of its top contributors from the 2014-15 season. On June 19, Allisha Gray, who led the Tar Heels with 15.8 points per game during her sophomore campaign, announced that she was transferring to South Carolina. Mere hours after Gray said she would be a Gamecock, Stephanie Mavunga, the Tar Heels’ All-ACC center, was given a release to speak to other programs about transferring.
Allisha Gray to transfer to South Carolina
Allisha Gray, the leading scorer for the UNC women's basketball team in 2014-15, is transferring to the University of South Carolina. UNC granted Gray a release to speak to other schools on Tuesday. Charlie Tuggle, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, told The Daily Tar Heel Gray's desire to transfer was motivated by the athletic-academic scandal that has followed UNC for several years.
With Likely Departure Of Allisha Gray, Tar Heels' Program Reeling
North Carolina has been among Division I's most successful women's basketball programs for nearly the last quarter-century under coach Sylvia Hatchell. But the Tar Heels are in the midst of a crisis that may have long-lasting consequences. The news Tuesday that junior-to-be guard Allisha Gray, the team's leading scorer this past season, has been granted a release to transfer is the latest blow to the program.
Allisha Gray to explore transfer from UNC
Allisha Gray of the UNC women’s basketball team has been provided her release to speak with other schools about the possibility of transferring on Tuesday. “I love Allisha Gray and all the wonderful things she brings to our program,” said UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell. Gray averaged 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in her sophomore season in 2014-15.
Allisha Gray Named All-America Honorable Mention
Sophomore guard Allisha Gray of the North Carolina women’s basketball team has been selected a 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team honorable mention. Gray, from Sandersville, Georgia, was a first team All-ACC selection in 2014-15. She led UNC in scoring with 15.8 points per game, a figure that ranks her among the top-10 scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Allisha Gray Named All-Region By WBCA
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Wednesday the All-Region nominees for the 2015 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team. North Carolina is represented on the Region 2 team by sophomore Allisha Gray. The Sandersville, Georgia, product was a first team All-ACC selection in 2014-15. She leads UNC in scoring with 15.9 points per game.
No. 4 UNC Holds Off Late Push From No. 13 Liberty
Latifah Coleman and Allisha Gray weren't going to let Sylvia Hatchell's return to the NCAA Tournament end so soon. Gray scored 17 points and Coleman had 15 to lead UNC past Liberty 71-65 on Saturday in the first round of the Greensboro Region. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels withstood the Flames' late push to give their Hall of Fame coach a victory in her return to the NCAA Tournament after a year away to fight leukemia.
Allisha Gray, Stephanie Mavunga Named First Team All-ACC
North Carolina sophomores Allisha Gray and Stephanie Mavunga earned first team All-ACC honors on Tuesday, as voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel. Gray, from Sandersville, Georgia., leads UNC in scoring with 16.1 points and ranks second on the club with 7.9 rebounds and 42 steals. Mavunga has averaged 14.0 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
UNC Women Sink 14 3-Pointers In Loss At Duke
Despite a school-record tying 14 three-pointers, No. 15 North Carolina lost 81-80 to 16th-ranked Duke on Sunday. UNC enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 6 seed and faces either 11-seed Georgia Tech or 14-seed Clemson on Thursday at 8 p.m. inside Greensboro Coliseum. Allisha Gray led North Carolina with 20 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
UNC Women Hold Off Miami, 66-65
Jamie Cherry’s two free throws with 1.7 seconds left gave No. 17 North Carolina a 66-65 victory at Miami on Sunday. North Carolina (22-6, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) was paced by 15 points from Allisha Gray and 14 points and 14 rebounds by Stephanie Mavunga. N’Dea Bryant and Brittany Rountree added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
UNC Women Dominate Wake Forest, 83-45
Sophomore Allisha Gray scored 16 points as No. 17 North Carolina snowballed Wake Forest, 83-45, Thursday night inside Carmichael Arena. North Carolina (21-6, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 52.5 percent for the game, and led by as many as 40 points in the second half, its largest advantage in any game this season. Gray’s 16 points put her in double figures for the 22nd straight game.
Carolina Women Fall To No. 9 Louisville
Stephanie Mavunga had 14 points and 10 rebounds for No. 17 North Carolina in a 75-66 setback at ninth-ranked Louisville on Sunday. North Carolina (20-6, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) also received 14 points from Jamie Cherry and Allisha Gray. Mariya Moore scored 28 points to pace Louisville (22-3, 10-2). Myisha Hines-Allen added 13 points.
Allisha Gray Leads Comeback Win Over #7 FSU
Allisha Gray scored 13 of her 22 points in the final six minutes to lead No. 17 North Carolina to a 71-63 comeback win against No. 7 Florida State on Thursday night. Gray added 14 rebounds for the Tar Heels (20-5, 7-4 ACC) and took over in the final minutes. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Seminoles (22-3, 9-2), who were led by Ivey Slaughter's 15 points.
Allisha Gray Named To Naismith Award Midseason List
North Carolina sophomore guard Allisha Gray has been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List for the 2014-15 Women's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. The Sandersville, Ga., native leads No. 17 North Carolina (19-5, 6-4 ACC) in scoring at 16.1 points per game and ranks second with 8.0 rebounds per contest. Gray is one of six players included from the ACC.
No. 13 North Carolina Women Fall 61-56 at Syracuse
No. 13 North Carolina dropped a 61-56 decision at 25th-ranked Syracuse on Thursday evening from the Carrier Dome. North Carolina (18-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) got 14 points and 13 rebounds from Stephanie Mavunga, her team-leading ninth double-double of the season. Allisha Gray added 12 points and Jessica Washington tossed in 10 off the bench.