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Tar Heel Women Fall To Stanford In Regional Final, 74-65
Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 10 rebounds as second-seeded Stanford beat North Carolina 74-65 on Tuesday night in the regional final on the Cardinal's home floor. Allisha Gray scored 19 points for No. 4 seed UNC, which couldn't pull off a Final Four reunion with Sylvia Hatchell after the coach's season-long battle with leukemia.
Sylvia Hatchell coaches UNC from afar
While her UNC women’s basketball team was preparing for its Elite 8 matchup with No. 2 Stanford tonight at 9 p.m., coach Sylvia Hatchell pulled up a chair at her office in Carmichael Arena. The Daily Tar Heel’s Aaron Dodson and Daniel Wilco caught up with Hatchell, talking about Hatchell’s role on the team during her battle with leukemia, the Stanford game plan, and more.
An Elite Challenge For UNC Women
It may be April Fool's Day, but the UNC women's basketball team is out to prove that they are not fooling around. The same team whose season nearly ended nine days ago as they narrowly defeated No. 12 seed UT-Martin in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament knocked off top-seeded South Carolina on Sunday and secured a spot in the Elite Eight.
Delino DeShields enjoying UNC's run
If anyone is looking for Pensacola Blue Wahoos manager Delino DeShields tonight, odds are pretty good he won’t be found. The skipper has a vested interest in watching tonight’s NCAA women’s basketball region final between North Carolina and Stanford as his daughter, Diamond DeShields, is playing a major role in the No.4-seeded Tar Heels making their way into the Elite Eight.
Young Tar Heels comfy away from home
No. 12 North Carolina has played its best away from home, an unusual trend for a team in which four of the top six scorers are freshmen. The Tar Heels need for that to continue as they get ready for their most important road game of the season — an NCAA Tournament regional final at No. 6 Stanford (9 p.m., ESPN). “It’s nice getting buckets that silence the crowd,” Allisha Gray said.
It's Stanford experience vs. UNC youth
Just how much value is there in "Been there, done that"? Fourth-seeded North Carolina, a team that starts three freshmen and two sophomores, will face off against second-seeded Stanford, a team led by a senior star, a fifth-year anchor and a junior point guard with more than 100 starts under her belt -- all of whom have had the experience of playing in at least one Final Four.
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.