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Without Hatchell on bench, Tar Heel women open with rout

With UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell cheering her team on from a hospital bed, interim coach Andy Calder led the No. 11 Tar Heel women to a 111-50 win over Carson-Newman, Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. Hatchell took a leave from her coaching duties to battle leukemia, and Wednesday’s exhibition game was Calder’s first at the helm. “I was comfortable in the seat,” Calder said.

UNC fans, players root for Sylvia Hatchell's cancer recovery

Before her team took the court at Carmichael Arena Wednesday night, Sylvia Hatchell, the head coach of the UNC women's basketball team used Twitter to update them on her current challenge – the fight against leukemia. She posted that she couldn't wait to watch her team over the Internet, and she followed it up with a photo of her freshly shaved head bearing a painted Tar Heel.

New Look Heels Rout Carson-Newman in Exhibition

No. 11 North Carolina put six players in double figures during a 111-50 exhibition victory over Carson-Newman Wednesday night at Carmichael Arena. Freshman forward Stephanie Mavunga led all scorers with 18 points and added 14 rebounds for Carolina. Sophomore forward Xylina McDaniel added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior guard Brittany Rountree had 15 points.

Tar Heel Women Tip Off 2013-2014 Season

The eleventh-ranked UNC women’s basketball team will begin their season Wednesday night in an exhibition contest against Carson-Newman. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. Admission is free. Carson-Newman is the alma mater of UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell. Hatchell played basketball and volleyball while earning a degree in physical education.

Ivory Latta Happy To Be Home

Ivory Latta isn’t dribbling, dropping off assists to teammates or hitting step-back jumpers anymore, though. Instead of a ball in her hand, she’s got a whistle and a clipboard. No longer a player in the program she elevated to national prominence, she’s on the other side – an assistant coach – on the same bench where she once was an All-American.

Sylvia Hatchell's absence motivates Tar Heels

Sylvia Hatchell may not coach North Carolina any time soon as she undergoes treatment for leukemia. But the Tar Heels will still play with her signature up-tempo, aggressive style for as long as she’s out. “We’re still going to play Carolina basketball,” acting head coach Andrew Calder said. “We’re going to attack on offense and defense, we’re going to play with high energy, we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Diamond DeShields, Xylina McDaniel On Wooden Award Preseason List

North Carolina's Diamond Deshields and Xylina McDaniel are listed on the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 list, announced Wednesday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.

UNC Women's Basketball Picked Fourth In ACC Preseason Poll

The North Carolina women's basketball team was selected fourth in the 2013-14 ACC Women's Basketball preseason polls by both the league's Blue Ribbon Panel and its 15 head coaches. Sophomore forward Xylina McDaniel, the league's Freshman of the Year in 2013, and freshman guard Diamond DeShields were selected to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

Sylvia Hatchell has lots of support in cancer battle

Support for Sylvia Hatchell and her battle with leukemia within the Tar Heel family was clear on Thursday. When Hatchell’s was shown wearing UNC’s “Zero Dark Thursday“ marketing T-shirt while giving a pre-recorded message during a stoppage of play in the first quarter imploring Kenan Stadium fans to support the Tar Heels, fans drowned out Hatchell’s message with loud cheers.

UNC sets up site for Sylvia Hatchell well-wishers

University of North Carolina women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell is temporarily stepping away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities due to a recent diagnosis of leukemia. Please leave your well wishes and encouragement for Coach Hatchell.

Coach Calder: Tar Heels Will Fight For Coach Hatchell

A teary-eyed Andrew Calder discussed his assumption of the lead on-court coaching role in lieu of Sylvia Hatchell stepping away for an indefinite period to receive treatment for her leukemia diagnosis. Coach Calder is now entering his 28th season as the right-hand man for Coach Hatchell. Much like Dean Smith’s Bill Guthridge, Calder has been alongside Hatchell every step of the way.

Longtime assistant Andrew Calder on Sylvia Hatchell, his new role, and the team's mood

Andrew Calder spent the past 27 years as Sylvia Hatchell’s assistant for the North Carolina women's basketball team. Now he's taking over temporarily for the Hall of Fame coach, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Calder spoke with the media before practice today. Here is a partial transcript:

Sylvia Hatchell will tackle cancer head-on

That's Sylvia Hatchell: She's thinking ahead to work after work. It's the way she was raised in the textile-mill town of Gastonia, N.C. It's how she has operated for the past 40 years as a coach. And, as everyone who knows her would tell you, it's how she'll deal with cancer. She'll tackle it head-on, with a commitment to a game plan and her trademark relentless optimism.

Player's Parents Speak of Sylvia Hatchell's Impact

Megan Buckland's mom told WFMY that Coach Hatchell uses an expression, "holding the rope". She tells her players to hold the rope for one another during adversity. "We know that she has a battle to face in front of her but each and every one of us whether it's a player, a coach, a supporter of UNC women's basketball, a parent, we all are holding the rope for you Coach Hatchell."

Sylvia Hatchell Temporarily Stepping Away After Leukemia Diagnosis

University of North Carolina women's basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell is temporarily stepping away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities due to a recent diagnosis of leukemia. "I am going to be involved in a treatment plan established by Dr. Pete Voorhees, medical oncologist, and his team from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center," says Hatchell.

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