Tar Heel Women Down UCF, 85-80
Heather Claytor scored a season-high 17 points, while Italee Lucas and Jessica Breland added 17 each as the third-seeded Tar Heels beat the No. 14 seed Knights 85-80 in the opening round of the women's NCAA Basketball Tournament. North Carolina will play No. 6 seed Purdue or 11th-seeded Charlotte on Monday night in the Oklahoma City Regional's second round.
Heather Claytor helps bail out Heels
Heather Claytor wasn't the hero the Tar Heels would have expected. Before North Carolina's 85-80 victory against Central Florida Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, she hadn't played more than 20 minutes in a game since January, sat out the Tar Heels' loss to Maryland in the ACC Tournament and hadn't hit a shot in a game since Feb. 19. Central Florida's zone defense changed all that.
Hustle pleases Sylvia Hatchell
When North Carolina senior guard Heather Claytor dove on the floor after a loose ball on Sunday, her team way ahead of N.C. Central, she provided just the selfless, at-any-cost example her coach had been requesting. "That's what you have to do if you're going to win big games." Sylvia Hatchell knows there are more big games down the road. On Monday, the Tar Heels host No. 4 Duke in a nationally televised rivalry game.
Tar Heel Women pummel Western Michigan
Italee Lucas scored 17 points and Jessica Breland added 15 to lead five Tar Heels in double figures and help No. 2 North Carolina shake off the rust of an eight-day layoff with a 102-55 win Sunday over Western Michigan. She'la White had 12 points, including a layup with 1:03 to play that put the Tar Heels over 100 for the third time this season. Heather Claytor chipped in 11 points and Cetera DeGraffenreid 10 for North Carolina (13-0).