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UNC's Diamond DeShields iffy for Elite Eight
North Carolina star Diamond DeShields didn’t practice Monday and will be a game-time decision today when No. 12 UNC plays at No. 6 Stanford in the Elite Eight on Tuesday (9 p.m., ESPN). DeShields sprained both her right ankle and left knee in the first half of Sunday’s Sweet 16 win over South Carolina. She returned and played the entire second half.
The 10 best players in the women's Elite Eight
Diamond DeShields, North Carolina, guard: DeShields leads the Tar Heels with 18.1 ppg and has scored 10 or more points in all but four games. The ACC Freshman of the Year set a single-game freshman scoring record with 38 points in a win over N.C. State.
Tar Heels win Carolina clash
Tar Heels center Stephanie Mavunga said she had would wait until she got in the shower to see how many scratches she got battling South Carolina’s post players underneath. Still, the freshmen couldn’t have been happier on Sunday. In a bruising game against border-state rivals, UNC advanced to the NCAA Tournament regional final with a 65-58 win over South Carolina at Maples Pavilion.
Tar Heel Women Oust Top Seed South Carolina
Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford Regional semifinals on Sunday night. The Tar Heels will play in Tuesday night's regional final against second-seeded Stanford (32-3).
Stakes are high for North Carolina vs. South Carolina rematch
North Carolina’s Xylina McDaniel offers a simple observation about South Carolina, the Tar Heels’ opponent tonight in the NCAA women’s tournament: “They are a No. 1 seed, but they are beatable.” Just three months ago, the Tar Heels handed the Gamecocks their first loss of the season, winning by eight point on a neutral court in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
20 Years Later, UNC Women Making Another NCAA Tournament Run
While UNC is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its only national championship, the current squad is eager to add another. The Tar Heels will face South Carolina in a regional semifinal today at Stanford University (7 p.m., ESPN2). The 1994 and 2014 teams had dinner together last month, giving the champions a chance to speak to the newcomers.
Battle of the Carolinas in Women's Sweet 16
South Carolina was about 25 minutes from Xylina McDaniel's house in Blythewood. North Carolina was more like 3-4 hours. "I was like, 'I don’t want my dad always checking up on me, so...'" McDaniel said. McDaniel laughed as she told the story Saturday, then called it "the best decision I’ve ever made." Today her hometown team and her chosen one will meet on the sport’s biggest stage.
Stopping UNC rookie DeShields a tough task
Diamond DeShields has proven she can beat any defense thrown at her. North Carolina's star freshman shoots the 3, reliably knocks down pull-up jumpers and scores off the dribble. Now she has the Tar Heels in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, and the challenge of stopping her next falls to South Carolina in the Stanford Regional on Sunday.
Young Tar Heels grow into NCAA Sweet 16 threat
This richly layered squad of standout players for the UNC women's basketball team — all undergraduates — is a collection of quick learners coming of age as they head to the Sweet 16 at Stanford University’s Maples Pavilion. Sunday’s clash against No. 1 seed South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m. EDT) will be a rematch of a game the Tar Heels won 74-66 earlier this season.
Sylvia Hatchell Rebounds
Before boarding a plane for California on Thursday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team received some additional motivation. If the Tar Heels win the Stanford Regional, their Hall of Fame coach will join them in Nashville for the Final Four. “I told the girls there’s no reason you can’t get to Nashville,” Hatchell said. “And when you get there I’ll sing and dance with you on the table.”
UNC's Hatchell: return at Final Four 'very doable'
North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell says she could return to coaching while battling leukemia if the Tar Heels reach the Final Four. Fourth-seeded UNC faces No. 1 seed South Carolina in California at this weekend's Stanford Regional. If her team advances, Hatchell said Thursday her doctor has told her that being on the sideline in Nashville, Tenn., is "very doable."
Another gem for UNC's Diamond DeShields
Make it two in a row for Diamond DeShields and North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. For the second game in a row, UNC put on a show. It's what the Tar Heels do best. Good, bad and everything between. But it is always show. On at least that count, they are consistent. And when it comes to DeShields, it's usually a good show.
Turner's Take: The Swarm
Michigan State had walloped Hampton 91-61, and the Spartans awaited the Tar Heels. But Carolina took the lessons learned from Sunday and applied them to Tuesday night’s second-round game: Don’t let the other team dictate tempo, take quality shots and be active defensively. The result was a 62-53 win in a game the Tar Heels led by as many as 26.
UNC women beat Michigan State to advance to Sweet 16
Freshman Diamond DeShields had 24 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Michigan State 62-53 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Fellow rookie Allisha Gray added 10 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels, who led by nine at halftime then dominated the opening minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout.
Carolina Women Play Michigan State Tuesday For Spot in Sweet 16
North Carolina star freshman Diamond DeShields struggled for much of her NCAA tournament debut. It was a much different story for Michigan State's Aerial Powers. Their teams meet Tuesday in the NCAA tournament's second round, with each all-conference rookie knowing she'll play a big factor in determining whether her team reaches the round of 16 in the Stanford Regional.