Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Women's Basketball.
Ex-North Carolina player: Women's basketball being made a 'scapegoat'
Even though North Carolina likely won't respond to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations for another few weeks, one of the school's former women's basketball players fears she knows what's coming. Meghan Austin expects the Tar Heels athletic department to sacrifice its tradition-rich women's basketball program in hopes of avoiding serious punishment for its two biggest revenue producers, football and men's basketball.
Stephanie Watts committed to UNC, East-West All-Star Game
Stephanie Watts could have walked away from her commitment to play at UNC when the Tar Heels’ program went through the turmoil of coach Sylvia Hatchell’s health issues, the departure of assistant coaches, an NCAA probe into academic fraud and the loss of the entire four-player 2013 recruiting class to transfers. But she stayed firm and is already enrolled in summer classes in Chapel Hill.
Art’s Angle: Hatchell Should Go Gracefully
Hiring Sylvia Crawley as an assistant coach is the right play for Sylvia Hatchell. Getting her friends and colleagues in the university to lobby for an extension to her contract is the wrong play. Crawley, a star player and captain of the 1994 Tar Heels, will be seen by many people as Hatchell’s successor after she resigns following the 2016 season or is fired.
339 Tar Heels Earn ACC Academic Honor Roll Spots
A total of 339 North Carolina student-athletes have earned spots on the 2014-15 ACC Honor Roll, announced Wednesday. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 4,143 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom.
UNC Welcomes Back Sylvia Crawley As Assistant Coach
Sylvia Crawley, the captain and coaches finals MVP of the 1994 North Carolina NCAA Championship team, has returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the Tar Heel women’s basketball program, announced on Tuesday by head coach Sylvia Hatchell. “This is a tremendous hire for our women’s basketball program,” said Hatchell. “Sylvia is a former ACC head coach and a true Tar Heel.
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.