UNC Basketball Coaches Remember the Late Pat Summitt

UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell recalled her friendship with the late Pat Summitt on and off the court in a press conference on Tuesday.

Summitt, the renowned women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, died at age 64 on Tuesday due to early onset dementia in the form of Alzheimer’s.

The two women competed against in each other in college – Hatchell at Carson-Newman and Summitt at UT-Martin – but grew to be close friends as they went on to their respective coaching careers.

Hatchell said that Summitt is the reason she has her current job, as Summitt “broke down barriers” and “opened a lot of doors” for coaches in an effort to make the game better.

“Pat knocked down so many doors, so many barriers—the respect that she gained through the whole world of basketball—especially with the men coaches, because of her knowledge,” Hatchell said. “And I don’t know in my lifetime if I have ever known or been around a more assertive, aggressive, dominating female than Pat Summitt.”

Watch the entire press conference below via GoHeels.com:


According to Hatchell, much of Summitt’s determination stemmed from her childhood, which Hatchell said was spent working on the family farm. Summitt’s dad expected her to work just as hard as her brothers, and that expectation was passed along to Summitt’s players.

“She worked as hard or harder than anyone else, and she expected everybody else to do the same,” Hatchell said, noting that it was one of the many reasons behind Summitt’s unprecedented success of winning the most college basketball games in history. “Pat brought out the best in everyone around her—she demanded the best. Now a lot of people couldn’t take it; they didn’t want that and they couldn’t take it. And they didn’t like it. But one of the greatest things in life you can have is someone make you do what you won’t make yourself do.

“And Pat did that many times—she made a lot of people do what they didn’t want to do and what they didn’t think they could do. But she got the best out of them, no doubt about that.”

Hatchell also noted Summitt’s uncanny spirit, saying that she was “tender-hearted” off the court, but stern and determined when it came to the game.

In the end, Hatchell said, no one did more for women’s basketball than Summitt, and this legacy has made Hatchell more determined in her own career than ever before.

UNC men’s head coach Roy Williams also released a statement regarding Summitt’s passing on Tuesday:

“We lost one of the true giants in coaching, in any sport and regardless of gender, today. If there were a Mount Rushmore of coaching, Pat Summitt would certainly be included. (My wife) Wanda and I sent our daughter, Kimberly, to her basketball camp in Knoxville when I was coaching at Kansas, which is about as high a compliment one coach could give to another, because we wanted Kimberly to be influenced by Coach Summitt. She was a coaching giant, but she was even better in the way she treated people. Our hearts and prayers are with her family and her extended family, in particular all those who coached with her and the young people who played for her.”


UNC loses first game in ACC Tournament in OT

The University of North Carolina women’s basketball team usually performs well in the ACC Tournament. This year they encountered disappointment, losing their first game in Greensboro Coliseum with an 82-72 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

With 15.9 seconds left coach Sylvia Hatchell called a timeout, down 64-67. Netting her most important basket of the season, sophomore Jamie Cherry tied the game, forcing overtime with a clutch three-pointer.

The Tar Heels began their first overtime period of the year with a 7-0 Pittsburgh run over two minutes. UNC finally broke through off two free-throws from freshman Destinee Walker, but would only score once more in the final five minutes with a three-pointer from ACC Freshman of the Year, Stephanie Watts.

Watts led the team with 20 points, while Cherry added 18 points. In addition, Walker scored 12 points and redshirt junior Hillary Summers contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Worth noting, Watts hit her 75th three-pointer of the season, most ever for a UNC freshman player.

The Panthers were led by Brenna Wise’s 25 points, followed by Aysia Bugg’s 20.

The Tar Heels and Panthers met once before during the regular season, in which Pitt picked up a 76-60 win.

The game started out well for North Carolina, ending the first period trailing by one, 19-18. The Tar Heels were 8-for-9 with field-goals early on, keeping them in pace with the Panthers, who completed the regular season with an overall 13-17 record. North Carolina was 14-17 overall.

Cherry, Summers and Watts, carried the team in first half points, but with a struggling N’Dea Bryant, Walker and Erika Johnson, UNC entered halftime down 41-33, as Pitt scored 22 second period points, compared to UNC’s 15.

A slow third period saw Pitt score only 6 points, while North Carolina added 14. A 7-0 run for the Tar Heels late in the third quarter with 1:44 left brought them within two, trailing 47-45. The period would end tied up, 47-47.

Walker found her touch, going 4-for-4 with field-goals late in the third and early in the fourth period, keeping UNC tied at 51-51 early on.

UNC re-gained a lead with six minutes remaining, leading 56-53 off a Summers basket. With 15.9 seconds left they trailed 67-64, setting the stage for Cherry’s OT-inducing three-pointer.

UNC could not match Pitts’ 15 overtime points, scoring only five.

Pittsburgh will take on Miami at eleven o’clock tomorrow in Greensboro Coliseum.


UNC loses final regular season game to Duke

On Sunday afternoon head coach Sylvia Hatchell did not get the birthday present she had hoped for, but instead her team was served a 93-57 blowout loss to Duke University in Carmichael Arena.

Freshman Stephanie Watts led North Carolina with 18 points in UNC’s final game of the regular season. In addition, freshman Destinee Walker contributed 14 points, while redshirt junior Hillary Summers added 10 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double and a career-high in rebounds.

Duke was led by Rebecca Greenwell’s 27 points, followed by Oderah Chidom’s 20 points.

UNC closes out the season with a 14-17 overall record, while 4-12 against ACC opponents, ending the season on a five-game losing streak. The team’s downfall of the season was away games, in which the Tar Heels lost eight of nine games.

With the win, Duke is 19-11 overall and 8-8 against conference opponents.

UNC did not have a lead or tie the Blue Devils at any point in the game. With 57 points, it is the fourth least amount of points North Carolina has scored all season. UNC failed to break 60 points five times this season.

A Duke 7-0 run over two and a half minutes gave the Blue Devils a 9-2 lead at 5:30 in the first period. Once UNC broke through with a Cherry three-pointer, the team was 1-for-6 in their attempts over the scoring drought.

The Blue Devils did not completely run away with the game early on, leading the Tar Heels 23-14 at the end of the first period.

The second period would be North Carolina’s downfall and the major difference in the game, as the Tar Heels were outscored 30-8 after UNC went 10-for-35, shooting only 28 percent in the first half.

“I felt like we just got behind because of our defense,” Summers said. “We just have to do better with that. You can score all day, but if you’re not stopping the other team you can’t win.”

At halftime, North Carolina trailed 53-22, with Greenwell’s 19 first half points for Duke nearly matching UNC’s score.

“Our defense the first half was basically non-existent because they just scored at will,” Hatchell said. “But again, Duke played well, shot the ball good, got rebounds, but we didn’t defend them very well at all. We took some bad shots and they were able to come down and get some easy buckets on transition.”

The Tar Heels nearly matched the Blue Devils’ 21 third period points with 17 of their own, though they ended the period trailing 74-39.

Again, UNC remained close in scoring in the fourth period with 19 points, compared to Duke’s 18.

“I feel like it’s kind of more motivation when you’re down, because it’s like, of course you want to come back and win,” Summers said. “At those moments we try to stick together and make sure we’re doing what we need to do. Obviously it was kind of tough today, but that’s usually what we try to do.”

At Duke’s peak, the Blue Devils led by 39 points at 80-41 with 7:43 remaining in the fourth period.

North Carolina completed only 28 percent of their shots throughout the game, going 19-for-66, compared to Duke’s 52 percent completion rate on the game. In addition, Duke had 54 points in the paint, compared to North Carolina’s 10 and 51 rebounds compared to UNC’s 33.

“Rebounding has been our Achilles’ heel all year and it definitely was tonight too,” Hatchell said.

With a nod to her seniors on Senior Day, Hatchell sporadically gave limited minutes to Rachel McGirt, Anne Corrigan, Marissa Riley and Paige Neuenfeldt. The four seniors combined for two points with a Riley field-goal.

Worth noting, Watts, an ACC Rookie of the Year candidate, went 5-for-11 on three-point attempts in the game. 15 of the freshman’s 18 points were from distance. On her impressive first year, Watts said the most memorable aspect of the regular season will be the team’s senior leadership.

“Although we may be limited in numbers, I guess that’s what people look at it as, the senior leaders were just able to really keep us motivated and keep us inspired to keep working hard and never give up,” Watts said.

The Tar Heels will next play in the ACC Women’s basketball tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, which spans from March 2 – 6. Their first game is on Wednesday at one o’clock against Pittsburgh.

“The regular season’s over and we’re getting ready for tournament time,” Hatchell said. “We need to learn a lot from tonight. I just talked to the team downstairs about what ACC tournament means and how well we’ve always played. We’ve been in the championship many times and we’ve done that with some teams that are not seated that high, so we’ve got a tough battle, but I want to go there and make some noise.”



Destinee Walker leads UNC in 72-68 loss

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels picked up their fourth loss in a row on Thursday night in the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers bested the Tar Heels in a close 72-68 game.

A rounded team effort included a team-leading 18 points from freshman Destinee Walker, followed by redshirt junior Hillary Summers’ 16. Sophomore Jamie Cherry added 12 points.

In addition, freshman Stephanie Watts, the current ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season, completed her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Virginia placed four players in double digits as well, with sophomore guard Mikayla Venson leading the team with 23 points.

UNC now stands at 14-16 on the season while 4-11 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. Virginia is now 16-13, with a 6-9 record in the ACC.

While the game was only tied for almost four minutes, it was Virginia that lead for a majority of the 40 minutes, leading for 21:53.

North Carolina started out with an early 13-6 lead and ended the first period up 16-12. Making 10-for-26 field goal attempts in the first half, the Tar Heels entered intermission trailing 29-26, hurt by missed free-throws. In the first 20 minutes, UNC went 2-for-8 from the line.

At one point in the third period, the Tar Heels trailed by eight points, however, an 8-0 run brought them back up to speed. Nearly matching UNC’s 19 points in the third period, Virginia scored 18 to just barely keep a lead in the game, entering the final 10 minutes with a 47-45 lead.

Early in the fourth the game was tied at 47-47, but the Cavaliers slightly broke away at one point to lead by eight, at 64-56.

North Carolina battled back with some shots from Walker and Watts, including a timely Watts three-pointer, but the Tar Heels never re-gained a lead. The closest they would come in the fourth period was one point away, trailing 64-63 with 2:42 remaining.

Worth noting, UNC went 16-for-31 from field goal range in the second half, keeping them close to the Cavaliers with the 51 percent completion rate.

Perhaps the most anticipated game of North Carolina’s season, the Tar Heels will play their final game of the regular season against the Duke Blue Devils at three o’clock Sunday in Carmichael Arena.



UNC loses 80-66 in game remembering NC State’s Kay Yow

Carmichael Arena was a sea of pink on Sunday afternoon for the annual “Play4Kay” game in honor of late North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach Kay Yow.

With North Carolina chancellor, Carol Folt, and former North Carolina governor, Bev Perdue, by her side, coach Sylvia Hatchell presented the Kay Yow Cancer Fund with $10,000 at half-court before the rivalry fully kicked into gear.

“It’s State and Carolina,” Hatchell said. “When Kay was alive and we played them, it didn’t matter what a team was ranked, it was always unbelievable. The players just played out of their minds. We have a fierce rivalry, but we also have a connection there. It’s just not the same with out Kay. Kay Yow was NC State women’s basketball, and I think in some way she still is because of who she was and what she stood for, and how her legacy is carrying on so much now.”

In the 80-66 loss to NC State, freshman Stephanie Watts led the Tar Heels with a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds. In addition, freshman Destinee Walker contributed 13 points, while sophomore Jamie Cherry added 13.

NC State was led by Miah Spencer’s 25 points, followed by Dominique Wilson’s 19.

UNC now has a losing record on the season at 14-15 overall, while 4-10 against ACC opponents. With the win, NC State is 18-9 overall and 9-5 in the ACC, with two of the nine ACC wins coming against North Carolina.

UNC created a season-high record with its 12 three-pointers throughout the game, but they also went only 6-for-23 from the field in the second half. Combined with only four points in the paint overall, compared to NC State’s 26, it cost the Tar Heels a win.

Perhaps motivated by their last game, a 76-60 loss against Pittsburgh, or maybe looking to redeem themselves from a brutal 78-49 loss the last time the two teams met, the Tar Heels came out hot. Scoring the first eight points of the game, UNC was met with an eruption of cheers as warring UNC and NC State fans exchanged chants.

At 5:53 in the first, North Carolina had worked its way to an 11-4 lead after an early onslaught of three-pointers from Watts and Cherry, as well as a jumper from redshirt junior Hillary Summers, arguably three of UNC’s most consistent players.

Things looked good for UNC as the Tar Heels hit five three-pointers in the first period, quickly building a lead. North Carolina had secured a 24-13 lead after 10 minutes.

Then the momentum switched. With two minutes remaining before intermission, North Carolina had allowed their once large lead to dwindle to just 36-30 after having a 17-point lead two minutes into the second period.

Wes Moore, NC State coach, said he couldn’t be more proud of his team’s resiliency.

“We knew North Carolina would come out and be the aggressor,” he said. “They came out firing 3s up from everywhere and it would’ve been easy for our kids to just say ‘hey, it’s not our day,’ but they kept fighting. Carolina’s got a lot of young, talented players out there. I know their quantity isn’t the greatest, but their quality is very good.”

A scoring drought of 5:40 for UNC gave the Wolfpack a 39-36 lead at the half as NC State closed out the second period on an 18-0 run.

“We started out really strong, I know Stephanie was hitting down shots in the first half,” Walker said. “I think the second quarter is what really hit us. The second quarter is what I think was our big downfall, despite starting hard in the first.”

At 5:15 of the third period, UNC had only scored three more points since returning from halftime, as the Wolfpack continued to cushion their lead, up 55-39.

Facing some foul trouble, North Carolina senior Rachel McGirt was inserted into the game during the third, as both Summers and Walker had four fouls.

The Tar Heels are no stranger to disappointing third periods, but despite being outscored 25-19, UNC cut NC State’s highest lead in the period from 18 to just 7 with 1:07 remaining in the third. NC State led 64-55 at the opening of the fourth period.

With 30 points and 10 rebounds in the first three periods of the game, Watts, last week’s ACC Rookie of the Week, had already surpassed her career-high of 27 points in a game.

“She was hot,” Hatchell said of Watts. “I don’t know how she couldn’t be rookie of the year in the ACC. We’ve got good freshmen in the league, but it’ll be hard for somebody to do better than what she’s done. Once we’ve gotten to ACC play she’s had some really good games against better teams.”

UNC battled back, attempting a comeback that wouldn’t happen. The closest the Tar Heels would get to the Wolfpack in the final 10 minutes was within 6 points early on in the fourth period, as they eventually closed out the final minutes 1-for-8 on their last field-goal attempts.

On the team’s downfall from the first to second period, Watts cited a defensive breakdown.

“Sometimes we didn’t match-up on transition defense well, that was one of the main things we tried to work on in practice, so that led to a couple quick 3s,” she said. “Two times down they got back-to-back three’s, so that hit us hard. When we weren’t playing well shots stopped falling on our offense and that kind of messed up our defense as well.”

North Carolina will play a seven o’clock game on Thursday night at Virginia, and then will return to Carmichael Arena next Sunday to close out the regular season against Duke at 3 o’clock.



UNC’s Slow Start Costs Them a Win Against Pitt

It was a tale of two teams on Thursday night. The first North Carolina women’s basketball team to step onto the court in Carmichael Arena at seven o’clock was slow and uninspired. For the first two periods of the game that team would only score 16 points with 8 points a period.

The second North Carolina team, though still the same players, returned from halftime ignited and ready to go under head coach Sylvia Hatchell’s leadership. These players would go on to outscore Pittsburgh in both the third and fourth periods, but it was too late.

The Panthers beat the Tar Heels 76-60, putting UNC back at .500 on the season at 14-14 and 4-9 against ACC opponents. Also a struggling program, Pittsburgh now stands at 12-14 on the season and 4-9 within the ACC.

Throughout the first half of the game UNC completed a bleak 20 percent of their shots, going 5-for-24.

Freshman guard Destinee Walker led the team with a game-high 20 points. Freshman guard Stephanie Watts, current ACC Rookie of the Week, scored 16 points, while redshirt junior forward Hillary Summers produced 13 points.

Despite having insight into the team, Hatchell didn’t have the answers as to why her players simply couldn’t get their shots on net early on.

“I’d like to erase the first half from the history books of basketball,” Hatchell said. “If we had played the first half like we did the second half it would have been a whole different game. I don’t know why we started out so lethargic. We were so flat in the first two quarters. I don’t want to make excuses, but I still don’t know why we played the first two quarters like we were.”

The Panthers secured a 20-8 lead after the first period, closing out the last 5:21 on a 12-0 run.

“We were playing the first half like we weren’t even in the gym,” Hatchell said.

The early portion of the second period only furthered UNC’s drought, in which the Tar Heels finally broke through at 5:09 with an Erika Johnson free-throw. At that point the Panthers had scored 10 more points, marking the score at 30-9, after a 10-minute scoreless timeframe for North Carolina.

Entering halftime down 45-16, Hatchell said her intermission speech seemed to liven up her players, but she expects more accountability and fire to come from within the team.

“We’ve got to have more leadership on the court then where coach Hatchell won’t go crazy in the locker room at halftime and they come out and play with the intensity level that they showed in the second half,” she said. “More of that’s got to come from the players and I’m just going to keep challenging them there to do that.”

North Carolina would outscore Pittsburgh 18-11 in the third period and 26-20 in the fourth for an improved 47 percent field-goal percentage, but the deficit from the first half was just too large to overcome.

The largest lead Pittsburgh would hold in the second half was by 30, which UNC managed to dwindle to 15 at its closest point with 0:28 remaining.

“I think we’ve had a few games where we start off a little lethargic in the first half,” Walker said. “I think it had a lot to do with coach’s speech at halftime, getting us fired up. Also, we’ve had good senior leadership from Hil[lary]. The second half shows how good of a team we can be if we just start that way.”

North Carolina’s next game is on Sunday against N.C. State University and will be at 1 o’clock in Carmichael Arena.

“This one’s over and we’ve learned from it,” Hatchell said “We’ve got a big weekend coming up. We’ve got probably the most alumni coming in we’ve ever had. There’s our Kay Yow game on Sunday, playing N.C. State, of course. We’ve got lots of special guests coming in recognition of our ‘Play4Kay’ game. That’ll be a real special day. Hopefully we put on a better performance on Sunday and start the game a lot better than we did tonight.”



Florida State Seminoles Take Down the Tar Heels

Freshman guard Stephanie Watts’ team-leading 19 points and nine rebounds weren’t enough to propel the University of North Carolina women’s basketball team to a win on Sunday afternoon in the Tucker Center of Florida State University.

The Tar Heels picked up yet another loss against an ACC opponent with their 94-63 loss to the No. 10 Seminoles.

Also a freshman guard, Destinee Walker added 18 points, while redshirt junior forward Hillary Summers contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. If Summers had one more rebound, she would have completed her eighth double-double of the season.

North Carolina is now 14-13 on the season and 4-8 in the ACC.

Florida State placed six players in double figures, with senior center Adut Bulgak leading the team with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

UNC did not hold a lead at any point in the game after allowing Florida State to score the first 10 points. The Tar Heels counteracted with four back-to-back three-pointers, three of them from Watts, who got the ball rolling for North Carolina as they closed in on Florida State, trailing 15-12.

Despite the decreased deficit, UNC still ended the first period down 25-12, as the four three-pointers were the only points North Carolina scored in the opening 10 minutes.

The only period the Tar Heels would outscore the Seminoles was the second period. Carolina scored 23 points in the second period and allowed 16 points, entering halftime down 41-35 after shortly remaining tied at 33-33 with two minutes remaining.

The Tar Heels shot field-goals at 46 percent in the first half, but the second half featured a dismal 7-31 field-goal showing, converting for only 22 percent of the attempts.

The third period has been a problem for UNC all year and this game was no exception. By the end of it, the Seminoles had begun to run away with the game with a 68-46 lead.

Walker began the fourth period with UNC’s eighth three-pointer of the game, one of nine in the game, one of the only bright spots of the game for North Carolina. The Seminoles’ lead would grow to over 30 points in the fourth period.

The Tar Heels next play on Thursday night at 7 o’clock in the Carmichael Arena for a game against the Pittsburgh Panthers.





UNC Holds Out for 71-67 Win

The North Carolina women’s basketball team picked up its second consecutive win with a suspenseful 71-67 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night in Carmichael Arena. UNC now stands at 14-12 on the season with a 4-7 ACC record.

The nail-biting victory came at the hands of several Tar Heels, with four players scoring double digits. Freshman guard Stephanie Watts once again led Carolina with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Redshirt junior forward Hillary Summers completed her seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jamie Cherry contributed 15 points and five assists. Freshman guard Destinee Walker added 17 points.

The Hokies, now 15-9 on the season, were led by senior forward Hannah Young’s 22 points, followed by junior guard Vanessa Panousis, who contributed 14 points.

“We shot almost 50 percent and I thought that was pretty good because they’re a really good team,” head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “They’ve had some big wins and some excellent players and some excellent shooters. They’re a great perimeter shooting team, but these guys have just continued to get better and better. We’re light-years away from where we were in November and that’s because they’ve worked hard.”

North Carolina jumped ahead quickly, as the Tar Heels played with energy and tenacity, forcing Hokies head coach Dennis Wolff to call an early timeout with about three minutes remaining in the first period after a Destinee Walker three-pointer, her first of three on the night. UNC would lead 23-10 by the end of the period.

North Carolina had a somewhat lofty lead at halftime, winning 38-21 after making four of their last five shots in the period, and shooting 50 percent at the half. The first half also featured a 46 percent three-pointer completion rate for UNC.

“We did a great job of jumping out at the beginning, as we haven’t been doing in our past couple games that we’ve been losing,” Cherry said. “We actually tied a third quarter and that was our coach’s biggest deal, was to win the third quarter. Even though they outscored us in the fourth, we still hung tough and we stayed poised down the stretch as we did at Boston College and we did tonight.”

What eventually allowed the Hokies to climb right back into the game, despite never achieving a lead and never tying more than once, was not UNC’s usual dreaded third period. What almost did the Tar Heels in was their fourth period, in which they allowed the Hokies to score 24 points, compared to their 11 points.

North Carolina entered the final period of the game with what may have been assumed as a potentially comfortable lead at 60-43, but a 60 percent field-goal percentage and a 66 percent three-point percentage brought the Hokies right up to speed with the Tar Heels. UNC stalled in the first six minutes or so of the final period, scoring only two points and allowing Virginia Tech to creep back within eight points at 62-54.

A 20-4 run eventually relinquished North Carolina’s lead to just one point, at 64-63 with only 44 seconds remaining in the game. A game of cat and mouse, the Tar Heels and Hokies exchanged fouls as the seconds on the clock eventually ticked away. UNC went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in order to secure the win.

Perhaps the biggest of the free-throws were Erika Johnson’s two baskets. Johnson, a redshirt senior forward, is a 39 percent free-throw shooter on the season.

“They’ve had great attitudes and they’re just fun to be around,” Hatchell said. “They make it exciting, that’s for sure. Foul shooting was big, we went 20-for-22 from the foul line and that was major. A good balance with our scoring, we out-rebounded. That was big. It’s fun to win and now we got to get ready for Florida. These guys did a great job”

Next for North Carolina is a two o’clock road game on Sunday at Florida State University.



UNC WBB Returns to Win Column

The North Carolina Tar Heels are back over .500 with their Sunday afternoon 86-78 win over Boston College in the Conte Forum. The team now stands at 13-12 on the season.

Redshirt junior forward Hillary Summers led UNC with a career-high 23 points and also contributed nine rebounds for a near double-double. Sophomore guard Jamie Cherry followed Summers with 21 points and 6 assists.

Senior guard N’Dea Bryant added 16 points and 6 assists, while freshmen guards Destinee Walker and Stephanie Watts pitched in with 12 points each.

This marks UNC’s first win since Jan. 7, a positive sign for the team, as they had previously lost their past seven games in a row.

The game against the Eagles marked Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s completion of her second suspension. Hatchell was serving a suspension sanctioned from the NCAA due to a Level III violation of rules regarding game day introduction simulations of prospects during an official visit.

The game marks five losses in a row for an also struggling Boston College team. The Eagles were led by junior guard Nicole Boudreau, who produced a career-high 26 points. Boudreau was followed by sophomore guard Kelly Hughes’ 17 points and freshman center Mariella Fasoula’s 14.

The Eagles had nine three-pointers in the first half alone, earning them a 42-36 lead entering intermission.

The game featured four ties and 10 lead changes, but it was North Carolina’s impressive third and fourth period showing that put them over the top.

After much back and forth, North Carolina gained and held onto the lead with 8:19 remaining in the fourth period off a Walker three-pointer. Usually plagued by a slow start after halftime, the Tar Heels shot a blazing 66.7 percent from the field in the second half, which cemented their win.

UNC next hosts Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. in Carmichael Arena on Thursday night.



Hatchell Gets Win No. 700

University of North Carolina women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell picked up career win number 700 with Carolina on Sunday afternoon in Carmichael Arena.

Hatchell’s Tar Heels opened ACC play against Clemson and improved to 11-5 after a 72-56 win. With Sunday’s win, UNC has a season-high five wins in a row.

The game included four Tar Heels with double digits with Jamie Cherry, a sophomore guard, leading the team with 16 points. A large majority of Cherry’s points came from the free-throw line; where she went 12-for-16.

Freshman Stephanie Watts and red-shirt junior Hillary Summers both added 14 points each; Summers accomplished her fourth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. Worth noting, Watts was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week in December, as the guard averages 12.9 points per game this season.

Freshman Destinee Walker contributed 11 points, marking the 15th time in 16 games the guard has scored double digits.

The game only featured one tie, as UNC outpaced Clemson in scoring in every period except the second. Senior forward Xylina McDaniel opened scoring for North Carolina by scoring the game’s first four points and by the end of the period, Hatchell’s team had secured an 18-7 lead.

At halftime, North Carolina had secured a 32-22 lead, despite Clemson coming back within five points in the second period.

UNC’s largest advantage came in the third period in the form of a 20-point lead over the Tigers. A field-goal drought of over five minutes for the Tigers in the third helped keep North Carolina in the lead, as well as an 8-0 run for the Tar Heels. UNC entered the fourth period with a 50-37 advantage.

North Carolina put together a 16-8 run ending the fourth period and securing Hatchell’s career milestone.

The Tar Heels will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 7, against Syracuse in Carmichael Arena at 7 p.m.