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Best Games Of 2014-15: No. 5
No. 5: Carolina 86, Ohio State 84 (NCAA Second Round) - Women's Basketball, March 23, 2015: With 5.1 seconds remaining, freshman Jamie Cherry took an inbound pass in stride at the OSU free throw line extended. The speedy guard needed just four dribbles to get to the right wing, and her floater was pure. It gave Carolina an 86-84 lead, and the Buckeyes were unable to get a desperation shot off.
Hatchell supporters push UNC administration
Several people have sent letters to the University’s administration accusing the program of not supporting UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell. On June 19, the University and UNC men’s basketball Coach Roy Williams agreed to extend his contract through 2020. UNC also extended the contracts of women’s tennis coach Brian Kalbas and women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Levy.
Tar Heels ranked No. 13 in major college sports
North Carolina ranked No. 13 nationally in CBSSports.com's ranking of athletics programs, using a formula that weighs more heavily toward sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. Five sports -- football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and a "wild card" sport were all used to determine the ranking.
A look at incoming UNC athletes
From Chesterfield, Va., Kenny Williams is one of two incoming freshman for the North Carolina basketball team and looks ready to make an impact during the 2015-16 season. Ranked 84th in ESPN’s top 100 recruits for 2015, Williams will look to help the Tar Heels in a facet of the game they struggled with last season: 3-point shooting.
Best Games Of 2014-15: No. 15-No. 11
13: No. 1 Carolina 2, No. 2 Connecticut 1 - Field Hockey, Sept. 28, 2014: Charlotte Craddock's game-winner in the 59th minute gave Carolina its second 1v2 win of the season as the top-ranked Tar Heels beat No. 2 UConn 2-1 in Newton, Massachusetts. The game was tied at 1 at halftime, but Craddock's unassisted goal past Nina Klein gave UNC the win over the reigning national champions.
Lack of new deal for Sylvia Hatchell angers supporters
UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham announced in June that he’d added a couple of years to the deal of Roy Williams, the UNC men’s basketball coach. Williams deserved it, Cunningham said. Cunningham also extended the contracts of two UNC coaches who lead Olympic sports teams. But there’s no new deal for UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell. It’s not sitting well with some of her supporters.
Ex-UNC guard Jessica Washington will transfer to Kansas
Kansas has added North Carolina transfer guard Jessica Washington. Washington spent two seasons with the Tar Heels. She will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility remaining. Washington averaged 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game as a sophomore. She announced in May she was leaving in pursuit of more playing time in what UNC called a mutual decision.
WNBA Summer Update
Camille Little has started all eight games in her first season with the Connecticut Sun, and is averaging 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Having won its last seven games, Connecticut sits in first place with a 7-1 record. Little scored a season-high 14 points in the clubs last game, and is averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists over the last two games.
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.
UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th.
Transfers, Williams' contract shed light on UNC's expectations
There's an old saying that often applies in sports journalism: "Watch what they do, not what they say." Applying that age-old logic to recent news coming out of UNC's athletic department, we can begin to see a pattern forming which may shed some light on the university's expectations in terms of NCAA punishment.
Stephanie Mavunga Given Permission To Explore Transfer
UNC has granted women’s basketball player Stephanie Mavunga’s release to speak with other schools about the possibility of transferring. “It’s with a heavy heart that I have asked for, and been granted permission to talk to other teams and explore transfer opportunities,” said Mavunga. “I wish to thank Coach Hatchell, the whole coaching staff and my teammates and fans for their support."
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.
Former UNC star Sampson absolves Hatchell in paper scheme
The Tar Heels women's basketball program built by UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell could take a big smack when the NCAA gets around to punishing the school for violations amounting to a lack of institutional control related to grade fixing from 1993-2011. Former UNC All-American Tonya Sampson played for Hatchell from 1990-94 and said she is confident that Hatchell didn’t know about any funny business regarding grades.
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.