Young backcourt the key for No. 20 Tar Heel women
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell heads into the season wondering how good her young backcourt can be. She knows it could determine how much these Tar Heels accomplish. The 20th-ranked Tar Heels were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference after losing longtime point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid, shooting guard Italee Lucas and forward Jessica Breland from a 28-win team.
Sylvia Hatchell says Tar Heels may just be better
Sylvia Hatchell says her UNC basketball team might be a lot better than people expect. But it may not be really evident until February and March. With the loss of last season’s senior stalwarts Jessica Breland and guards Italee Lucas and Cetera DeGraffenreid, the Tar Heels – who finished 28-9 last season and were runners-up in the ACC Tournament – might be calling it a rebuilding year.
Jessica Breland, Italee Lucas Selected In WNBA Draft
North Carolina seniors Jessica Breland and Italee Lucas became the 16th and 17th players in school history to be selected in the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon at the headquarters of ESPN. Breland was taken No. 13 overall by the Minnesota Lynx, while Lucas went No. 21 overall to the Tulsa Shock. Breland later saw her draft rights traded to the New York Liberty.
Tar Heel Women Head To Sweet Sixteen With Win Over UK, 86-74
Italee Lucas scored 22 points and Jessica Breland added 18, helping North Carolina hold off Kentucky 86-74 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Monday night, the Tar Heels' superior height and length trumping the Wildcats' awesome quickness. North Carolina (27-8), which made it to the ACC tournament final, will face top-seeded Stanford on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.
Carolina Outlasts Fresno State For 82-68 Victory
Italee Lucas scored 22 points and countered the nation's top three-point shooting team with four 3-pointers of her own as No. 14 North Carolina outlasted Fresno State 82-68 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday. The Tar Heels (27-8) will play the Kentucky-Hampton winner Monday night at The Pit.
No. 19 Tar Heel Women Top No. 14 FSU, 78-65
Laura Broomfield had 15 points and 11 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 14 Florida State 78-65 in Friday night's quarterfinals, sending the Tar Heels into the semifinals for the 26th time in 34 years. Italee Lucas added 13 points for the tournament's No. 6 seed, which blew nearly all of a 17-point lead in the second half before pulling away late against the cold-shooting Seminoles.
No. 19 UNC women halt 4-game slide by beating Clemson
Italee Lucas scored 14 points and No. 19 North Carolina snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Clemson 78-64 on Thursday in the first round of the ACC women's basketball tournament. Fellow guard Cetera DeGraffenreid was a factor at both ends of the floor, finishing with 11 points, eight assists and six steals for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-7), who turned the Tigers' mistakes into easy points all night long.
Four Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Honors
Senior guard Italee Lucas led a quartet of North Carolina players named to the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday. Lucas was named to the second team for the second straight year, while seniors Jessica Breland and Cetera DeGraffenreid and junior Laura Broomfield were given honorable mention.
Brownlow: No One Knows
There were a lot of questions coming into this game - how would the Tar Heels respond to a lackluster performance at NC State? How would Jessica Breland, Italee Lucas and Cetera DeGraffenreid play on their Senior Nights? Would Carolina be able to put itself in position for a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament? The answers to all of those questions are not good, for now.
Jessica Breland, Italee Lucas Named To Naismith Midseason Top 30
The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 2010-11 Naismith mid-season list of the top 30 women's basketball talent in the nation Monday, and North Carolina seniors Jessica Breland and Italee Lucas were among the selections. Breland and Lucas have led the Tar Heels in scoring throughout the season and have helped UNC to a 22-4 record so far in 2010-11.
No. 13 Tar Heel Women Handle Clemson, 60-47
Italee Lucas scored 15 points as No. 13 North Carolina overcame a sloppy effort to win its 16th straight against Clemson, 60-47, on Thursday night. The Tar Heels (22-3, 8-2 ACC) came into this one off their biggest win of the season, a 62-60 victory over No. 5 Duke last Monday night. And North Carolina played most of this one like it was still celebrating.
No. 13 Tar Heel Women Edge No. 5 Blue Devils 62-60
Waltiea Rolle had the go-ahead three-point play with 3:20 left and blocked Chelsea Gray's shot on the final play to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 62-60 on Monday night. Italee Lucas scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who fought through a tough and often ugly rivalry game before holding on to win in a thrilling finish.
No. 15 Tar Heel Women Dominate Virginia Tech, 76-51
Italee Lucas scored 19 points to help No. 15 North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 76-51 on Sunday. Laura Broomfield and Waltiea Rolle each had double-doubles for the Tar Heels (19-3, 5-2 ACC), who shot 47 percent and pulled away in the second half to sweep the two Virginia-based ACC schools this weekend. The Tar Heels also improved to 8-0 all-time against Virginia Tech (9-12, 0-7) in Chapel Hill.
No. 15 Tar Heel Women Top Virginia, 64-52
She'la White led four players in double figures with 14 points, and No. 15 North Carolina beat Virginia 64-52 on Friday night. Laura Broomfield added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Italee Lucas and Cetera DeGraffenreid had 10 points each. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 13 rebounds and Krista Gross 10 for UNC, which out-rebounded Virginia 52-34.
North Carolina women pull away early, cruises past Wake Forest
After a disappointing loss, Italee Lucas wasn't about to let North Carolina get off to another slow start. Lucas scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half as the Tar Heels (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) beat Wake Forest 71-56 on Thursday night. North Carolina (17-2, 3-1 ACC) never trailed, jumping to a 12-2 lead before the five-minute mark. Lucas had six points before Wake Forest got on the board.