Sylvia Hatchell

South Alabama Shocks UNC Women’s Basketball

In a stunning upset Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena, the South Alabama Jaguars defeated the UNC women’s basketball team by a slim margin of 85-84. The Jaguars received 23 points from Chyna Ellis and 22 from Savannah Jones off the bench, while shooting over 50 percent as a team. Ellis’ lay-up with five seconds remaining proved to be the difference in what was a thrilling finish. After being on the wrong end of another upset to Hampton in their season opener, a common theme has developed in each of the Tar Heels’ losses–struggling to defend the three-point shot. Although...

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Defense Helps UNC Women’s Basketball Dominate Radford

After limping to a 1-1 start this season–a record earned through a pair of close finishes–the UNC women’s basketball team clamped down defensively on the way to a 79-46 blowout win at Carmichael Arena over the Radford Highlanders. A dominating defensive effort saw UNC  hold Radford to just 25 percent shooting from the floor and force the visitors into 22 turnovers. The Highlanders (1-1)–who were picked before the year to win the Big South Conference–got a team-high 12 points from Destinee Walker. As a team, however, they suffered through a stretch of over 11 minutes during the first half...

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Late Rally Helps UNC Women’s Basketball Defeat Colorado in Overtime, Gives Tar Heels First Win of Season

Despite trailing Colorado by as many as 18 points just before halftime on Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena, the UNC women’s basketball team put together a ferocious second-half rally to force overtime–and then ultimately defeated the Buffaloes by a score of 87-80. The Tar Heels (1-1) were led by their star backcourt of Paris Kea and Jamie Cherry–as the two Preseason All-ACC selections combined for 54 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and five steals. Kea accounted for a game-high 28 points and nine assists herself, but it was Cherry who sank what was perhaps the most important shot of...

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Hampton Shocks UNC Women’s Basketball in Season Opener

Despite 24 points from Preseason All-ACC selection Paris Kea, the UNC women’s basketball was upset by Hampton 70-66 on Friday afternoon at Carmichael Arena in what was the season opener for both teams. The Lady Pirates shot an incredible 11-for-24 from behind the three-point line to help fuel the victory, including 25 points–and seven three-pointers–from Monnazjea Finney-Smith. It was the 11th victory for Hampton over a power conference team in the last nine seasons, as head coach David Six’s squad proved they were more than capable of competing at a high level. In addition to Kea’s 24 points, six...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Stuns NCSU with 14 3-pointers in 83-70 win

The University of North Carolina women’s basketball team handed the No. 18 North Carolina State University Wolfpack a 83-70 loss in Carmichael Arena on Sunday afternoon in the annual “Play4Kay” game. “It was a great game and a great crowd,” North Carolina head coach, Sylvia Hatchell, said. “We’ve played really, really well at times, but we haven’t been able to put a whole game together. But today is a great win for us against a really, really good N.C. State team.” North Carolina (13-9, 2-7 ACC) tied a school-record with 14 3-pointers throughout the game. Junior guard Jamie Cherry,...

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Second Quarter Costs the Tar Heels a Win Against No. 6 Notre Dame

The University of North Carolina women’s basketball team again lost a game due to struggles in the second quarter as Notre Dame picked up a 77-55 win in Carmichael Arena. Much like the team’s loss to Duke 10 days ago, the Tar Heels worked their way out of contention with an abysmal showing in the second quarter – in which today’s loss saw only six points for UNC. The Tar Heels (12-8, 1-6 ACC) were forced to take an early time out with 7:24 remaining in the first quarter as the No. 6 Notre Dame (18-3, 6-1 ACC) jumped...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Loses Late Lead to Wake Forest

The University of North Carolina women’s basketball team was close, but not close enough on Thursday night. The Tar Heels failed to secure their second ACC win with a heartbreaking 80-77 loss in Chapel Hill to Wake Forest University (11-7, 2-3 ACC). UNC is now 1-5 in the ACC and holds a 12-7 overall record. In Wake Forest’s first win in Chapel Hill since 1991, junior Elisa Penna led the Demon Deacons with 23 points and eight rebounds. Not unlike other games, sophomore Stephanie Watts and redshirt sophomore Paris Kea, produced for North Carolina. Watts had 25 points and...

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UNC Women’s Hoops Commit Janelle Bailey Named a McDonald’s All-American

Each year the best high school basketball players in the country–both on the men’s and women’s side–are brought together during the spring for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game. Historically, both games have players who are headed to UNC the following season–giving fans an early glimpse of what’s to come in the future. For the second straight year, however, not a single player in the men’s game is heading to Chapel Hill–leaving 6-foot-3 center Janelle Bailey as UNC’s only McDonald’s All-American. Playing for Providence Day High School in Charlotte, Bailey has averaged 24.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game this...

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Stephanie Watts’ ninth double-double not enough in UNC’s loss to Duke

Duke got the best of the University of North Carolina women’s basketball team on Thursday night, as the Tar Heels fell to the No. 13 Blue Devils in Durham with a 70-58 loss. On the UNC side, redshirt sophomore Paris Kea led the team with 16 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Stephanie Watts closely followed in points, with 15, while also contributing 11 rebounds. It was the 16th time Watts has scored in double digits in 17 games. With the completion of her ninth double-double this season, Watts leads the ACC. Leaonna Odom led Duke (15-2) with 15 points...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Defeats Bucknell

The University of North Carolina women’s basketball game improved to 3-0 on Sunday evening with a 65-50 win over Bucknell University in Carmichael Arena. The game featured three Tar Heels in double digits, as junior guard Jamie Cherry and red-shirt sophomore Paris Kea scored 15 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Stephanie Watts, who was ACC Freshman of the Year last season, kept up her impressive form, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, for her ninth career double-double. Senior forward Claire DeBoer, who contributed 11 points, and sophomore forward Kaitlyn Slagus, who scored nine, led Bucknell. The non-conference game...

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