UNC Women's Basketball
Complete coverage of North Carolina Women's Basketball.
Late Run Lifts Tar Heel Women Over Wake Forest
Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray had 19 points each and No. 7 North Carolina pulled away down the stretch in a 83-65 win at Wake Forest on Thursday night. North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 ACC) won its 11th straight in the series. Xylina McDaniel and Stephanie Mavunga added 12 points each for UNC. UNC has won 12 of its last 13 games.
Marion Jones Named An ACC Basketball Legend
Marion Jones, a member of UNC's 1994 National Championship squad, will represent the Tar Heels in the 10th annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends, announced Wednesday. The Legends will be honored at the 2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, held March 5-9 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Jones is recognized as one of the finest athletes ever to compete at UNC.
Ivory Latta brings toughness, perspective to Tar Heels
Ivory Latta — the 2006 national player of the year and UNC’s all-time leading scorer — is no longer the fiery college point guard who led the Tar Heels to back-to-back Final Fours with a playing style that reflected her coach’s toughness. She’s the fiery pro point guard hired as UNC’s assistant coach in July 2013 to help the team return to national prominence.
Xylina McDaniel steps up for UNC
Xylina McDaniel looks at all these freshmen sometimes and shakes her head. "Lord, did I act like them?" she asks, laughing. "And I'm sure I did." It wouldn't take much for the North Carolina forward to try and recall those days. They were only a year ago. But McDaniel is a sophomore now, and that qualifies her as a veteran on this youthful North Carolina team.
UNC Women's Basketball Moves To No. 7 In AP Poll
The North Carolina women's basketball team is ranked seventh this week in the Associated Press poll, released on Monday. At 16-3 overall, the Tar Heels have won 11 of their last 12 games to earn the highest ranking for the program since January 2010. Carolina polished off Boston College, 73-56, on Sunday to run its record to 4-1 in the ACC.
Allisha Gray, Xylina McDaniel Score 16 Each In Win Over BC
Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points apiece to lead No. 9 North Carolina to 73-56 ACC victory over Boston College Sunday. Diamond DeShields added 12 points as the Tar Heels broke the game open in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points, but still came up 14 points under their season scoring average.
Diamond DeShields Selected To Wooden Midseason List
North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Midseason Top 20 list. The Norcross, Ga., product is the only freshman listed among some of the most elite players in the sport. DeShields is averaging a team-leading 16.4 points in helping her ninth-ranked Tar Heels to a 15-3 record and its best national ranking in three seasons.
Sylvia Hatchell Among Nominees for Kay Yow Champion Award
Several Tar Heels are among nominees for 2014 honors from the Greater Raleigh Sports Council, including two who are candidates for the inaugural Kay Yow Champion Award: UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and Chase Jones, a UNC alum and former member of the baseball team.
Diamond DeShields parlays broken hand into hot hand in win
Breaking her left hand was a blessing as well as a curse for UNC freshman Diamond DeShields. While the injury to her non-shooting hand affected her passing and dribbling, DeShields said that it also made her a more accurate shooter. DeShields was 4 of 8 from behind the arc and scored a game-high 24 points Thursday as No. 9 UNC beat Clemson 78-55 at Carmichael Arena.
No. 9 Tar Heel Women Roll Past Clemson, 78-55
Once Diamond DeShields started heating up for No. 9 North Carolina, it was all over. DeShields had 24 points and the Tar Heels shot 55 percent from the field in a 78-55 victory over Clemson on Thursday night. The freshman scored 18 points during a 13-minute stretch that spilled over into the second half. "Things have just been looking a lot more clear when I'm out there," DeShields said
UNC's Hatchell makes first public speaking appearance since cancer diagnosis
North Carolina women's head basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell made her first public appearance Wednesday since being diagnosed with cancer. Hatchell appeared at the Raleigh Sports Club at Ridge Road Baptist Church. "I'm a little bit tired. This is the first time I've been out doing speaking like this, but these people have been loyal to me in the past," Hatchell said of the Raleigh Sports Club.
Stephanie Mavunga: Warrior Princess
Her name is Stephanie; her name is Tafadzwa. She's from the Midwest; she was born in Zimbabwe. She is a fierce competitor; she is a princess. She's never met a stranger; she misses her family. She takes her faith seriously, but not herself. Don't try to put Stephanie Mavunga into a box-she won't fit. Not her 6-3 frame and not her equally large personality.
UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell in remission
North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is in remission after announcing her leukemia diagnosis Oct. 14, a team spokesman said Wednesday. Her return to the basketball court is still unknown, as she still has treatment cycles to go through. Hatchell turned her duties over to associate head coach Andrew Calder after the diagnosis.
Carolina Women Move To No. 9 In National Basketball Polls
Winners of nine of its last 10 games, the UNC women's basketball team is up to No. 9 this week in both national Top 25 polls - Associated Press and USA Today Sports coaches' poll. North Carolina (14-3, 2-1 ACC) picked up a pair of top 20 wins last week to move up fours spots in this week's AP poll. This week's No. 9 ranking is the highest for the program since checking in at No. 8 in January of 2011.
Sylvia Hatchell continues road to recovery that will lead back to bench
Sylvia Hatchell said she’s now cancer-free – tests taken Jan. 3 showed she was in “complete molecular remission” – though she still has to go through two or three more consolidation treatments to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. Before she sat down to tape her 30-minute weekly radio show last week, Hatchell said she had just finished 30 minutes on the treadmill.