Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Women's Basketball.
A New Start for Sylvia Hatchell, a Veteran Tar Heel
In this season of many returns — to health, to basketball, to the N.C.A.A. tournament — Sylvia Hatchell has embraced a saying. “I tell people, ‘This is my 40th year,’ but in a lot of ways, it feels like my first,” Hatchell, the 63-year-old coach of the North Carolina women’s basketball team for the past 29 years, said of her coaching career after her fourth-seeded Tar Heels survived No. 13 Liberty, 71-65, in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament on Saturday at Carmichael Arena.
In women’s basketball, battle of Carolinas bigger than one game
She won two national championships at Francis Marion, she married a man from Florence, and she’s a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. High school coaches from the Palmetto State will comprise much of her camp staff this summer. Sylvia Hatchell may be in her 29th season as head coach of the women’s basketball program at North Carolina, but her ties south of the border remain strong.
Jamie Cherry earned chance at dream shot
Jamie Cherry has long dreamt of playing basketball for the University of North Carolina. That's something any kid, boy or girl, can understand. I'm sure Jamie often dreamed of nailing a buzzer-beater for the Tar Heel women. That became a reality over the weekend as Cherry sank a long 2-pointer to defeat Ohio State in the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Tar Heels, Gamecocks Meet Again In Women's Sweet 16
Top-seeded South Carolina earned a conveniently short trip for its NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance. Its opponent - fourth-seeded North Carolina, the lowest seed left in the region - got an even shorter one. The Gamecocks (32-2) and Tar Heels (26-8) meet in the tournament for the second straight year in a Greensboro Region semifinal Friday night.
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.
Jamie Cherry makes statement
Every day after practice at North Carolina, freshman guard Jamie Cherry wants to test herself against a pro. "She always wants to play one-on-one," said Tar Heels assistant Ivory Latta, an eight-year WNBA veteran. "Even days when we don't have practice, she still wants to play me. I'm telling you, I can't get a break." Hmmm, does Cherry remind Latta of anyone?
Turner's Take: Cherry Bomb
Seventeen days after she hit a last-second shot to force overtime against Louisville in the ACC Tournament, freshman Jamie Cherry did it again. Only this time, it was for the win. The Tar Heels played an immaculate first half, taking a 50-32 lead into intermission on the back of 18 points from Stephanie Mavunga, four three-pointers from Brittany Rountree and just two turnovers. But Ohio State didn’t quit.
UNC Women Reach Sweet 16 With Jamie Cherry's Buzzer Beater
Jamie Cherry has been at her best lately with the clock winding down. She beat another buzzer -- and sent North Carolina back to the Sweet 16. Cherry's jumper with 0.6 seconds left sent the Tar Heels past Ohio State 86-84 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. "I just wanted us to move on to the Sweet 16, especially for our seniors. I didn't want it to end here for them."
UNC women's basketball wins for ‘mama bear’
The elements seemed aligned for a classic upset story — the kind everyone expects from college basketball in March. No. 13 seed Liberty looked to play the underdog in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 4 seed North Carolina. But the real story was much better. In Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s return to the NCAA Tournament after missing last season with cancer, UNC doused the Flames’ hopes for an upset, pulling away for a 71-65 win.
UNC Women Host Ohio State With Sweet 16 On The Line
Speed will be at a premium when Ohio State takes on North Carolina. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (25-8) face the fifth-seeded Buckeyes (24-10) on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament’s Greensboro Region. The Tar Heels have an established identity of running under Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell. The Buckeyes have a powerful offense that features the nation’s leading scorer.
Turner's Take: Hatchell's Tournament Homecoming
Mama Bear is back. A year ago, Sylvia Hatchell wasn’t well enough to attend UNC’s NCAA Tournament games, let alone coach them. She watched from afar as the Tar Heels advanced to the Elite Eight under the steady hand of associate head coach Andrew Calder. But on Saturday, with her leukemia in remission, Hatchell returned to the sideline to lead her team in the NCAA Tournament.
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.
Tar Heel Women Take On Liberty Saturday Morning
It seems like a little bit of deja vu for the UNC women’s basketball team as they went through one last practice on Friday before the start of the NCAA Tournament. Selected as a No. 4 seed in the tournament for the second-straight season, the Tar Heels were again granted home games on their Carmichael Arena court. The first round gets underway Saturday against 13 seed Liberty at 11 a.m on ESPN2.
Sylvia Hatchell blessed to be back in NCAA Tournament
The NCAA Tournament is fanfare that Sylvia Hatchell's certainly become accustomed to during her Hall of Fame coaching career. When her No. 4 seeded Tar Heels tip-off with No. 13 Liberty it'll only mark her 20th appearance in women's college basketball's biggest event. Meeting with the press on Friday though, the smile couldn't be wiped off her face. She's been beaming for quite some time now.
Returns by Hatchell, OSU headline NCAA Chapel Hill regional
North Carolina's Hall of Fame coach is back in the NCAA Tournament. So is Ohio State's team. The fourth-seeded Tar Heels and fifth-seeded Buckeyes will be favorites to win their tournament openers Saturday. North Carolina (24-8) faces 13th-seeded Liberty (26-6) and Ohio State (23-10) takes on 12th-seeded James Madison (29-3) in the first round of the Greensboro Region.