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 12-7 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 8 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 8 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,” Coach 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 2 o’clock road game on Sunday at Florida State University.

FINAL BOX SCORE

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UNC Gets Grant For Graduate School Diversity

UNC has received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program.

The program aims to diversify the pool of students pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts.

“We deeply value our partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” said chancellor Carol Folt. “Its continued support of programs like MURAP has helped to advance Carolina’s commitment to both opportunity and excellence.”

The grant will build on previous Mellon Foundation support for the program and will fund MURAP through September 2019.

Each summer, MURAP brings 20 rising college juniors and seniors to Carolina for a 10-week, graduate-level research experience.

UNC faculty members serve as mentors to the students and guide their research.

http://chapelboro.com/news/higher-education/unc-gets-grant-for-graduate-school-diversity

Marcus Paige Named to Academic All-District Team

UNC senior guard Marcus Paige has been named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

The College Sports Information Directors of America announced the team on Thursday.

Members of the district teams are up for consideration for the 2016 Academic All-America team, which will be announced later this month.

Paige is a two-time second-team Academic All-America.

Paige won the Skip Prosser Award last year, which is give to the top men’s basketball scholar athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke’s Grayson Allen was also named to the All-District team, comprised of selections from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Former UNC BOG Chair Arrested Carrying Gun in Airport

Former chair of the UNC Board of Governors John Fennebresque was arrested Thursday morning at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport after he apparently tried to take a gun through a security checkpoints, according to WSOC.

Local police told the Charlotte TV station that Fennebresque told them he forgot the gun was in his bag.

Fennebresque was charged with possession of a weapon on city property, according to police. WSOC says it was unclear if the gun was loaded.

Fennebresque resigned from his seat as chair of the BOG following a much-criticized 2015 that began with the firing of Tom Ross and ended with the election of Margaret Spellings as the new System President.

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Brice Johnson Among 20 Finalists for Wooden Award

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Top 20 list.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the list this week.

The award is given annually to the national player of the year.

Johnson leads Carolina this season as he is posting career highs in points (16.3) and rebounds (10.2) per game.

Johnson also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding and field goal percentage at 60.7 percent.

These accolades didn’t mean Johnson was immune to the starting lineup shakeup from coach Roy Williams against Boston College, as Williams sat the usual frontcourt of Justin Jackson, Johnson an Kennedy Meeks to begin the game.

Duke’s Grayson Allen, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon and Damion Lee from Louisville are the other ACC players among the finalists.

Voting for the award begins at the end of the season, and the 40th annual Wooden Award will be handed out at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in early April.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/brice-johnson-among-20-finalists-for-wooden-award

UNC Tennis Claims Men’s And Women’s Player of the Week Honors

UNC tennis players were honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week awards for the men’s and women’s sides this week.

The conference announced the awards late Tuesday.

Jack Murray took home the men’s honors, while Hayley Carter claimed the women’s award.

Murray won both of his matches in No. 7 UNC’s comeback victory over fifth-ranked Oklahoma. The junior is undefeated in both singles and doubles play this season. Carolina is also unbeaten as a team heading into this weekend’s ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Carter led UNC to the finals of the 2016 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. The junior helped the Tar Heels defeat No. 13 Alabama, No. 18 LSU and second-ranked Georgia before losing to sixth-ranked California in the finals.

Carter is ranked sixth nationally as a singles player.

The Carolina women’s tennis team will travel to Michigan on February 20.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-tennis-claims-mens-and-womens-player-of-the-week-honors

Four Tar Heels Named to Women’s Soccer Academic All-ACC Team

Four players from the UNC women’s soccer tam have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, which was announced Tuesday.

Junior midfielder Joanna Boyles was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the second consecutive year. Boyles was also named second-team All-ACC for her performance on the field during the Tar Heels 2015 campaign.

Boyes is joined by first-time honorees Paige Nielsen, Alexa Newfield and Dorian Bailey.

Nielsen is a finalist for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award as well.

Bailey is a freshman from Kansas City and Newfield was UNC’s leading goal scorer last season. Newfield was also named third-team All-ACC.

Nielsen and Newfield were also recently selected in the National Women’s Soccer League draft.

The four Tar Heels honored were the most on the team since 2012.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/four-tar-heels-named-to-womens-soccer-academic-all-acc-team

Understanding African-American History Through Preservation

Preserving historical sites was the topic of this year’s African – American History Month keynote lecture at UNC.

Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas spoke Monday about recognizing African American historical sites. As Chancellor Carol Folt noted, Collier-Thomas has been apart of that history herself.

“She studies history, but she is in fact a piece of history,” said Folt.

Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas. Photo via Temple University

Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas. Photo via Temple University

Collier-Thomas is a professor of history at Temple University. Her work has focused on African-American women’s history and the preservation of important sites. Collier-Thomas has personally worked to have certain sites added to the national registry. But deciding what is historically significance is not simple.

“The central questions that get raised are – what constitutes history? And what deserves to be preserved? And who gets to decide what and who is important and what is historic?”

Throughout most of American history those question have been answered by governments who were reluctant to embrace the realities of African American history said Collier-Thomas.

“[Sites] that are considered too controversial and raise questions about the nature of American democracy that white dominated local and state governments do not want to address,” said Collier-Thomas.

According to Collier-Thomas, out of the 90 National Historic sites only 10 recognize African Americans. Out of the 57 national memorials, 2 honor African Americans, the African-American Civil War Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was privately funded.

Collier-Thomas mentioned a historical tour she took in New Orleans. She recounted questioning the host why they went to the sites they did. The host responded that they simply followed a script. That concerned Collier-Thomas because that script ends up shaping historical perceptions.

“What the public who travel to these historic cities see, they see what those tour companies and people decide they should see and it’s not sites about black people,” said Collier-Thomas.

Gentrification is an issue for the ongoing efforts of preserving sites important to African-American history.

“Many of [the sites] are in urban areas that were once black strongholds but are now gentrified areas that are predominately white and know little about black history,” said Collier-Thomas.

Collier-Thomas said sites usually get recognized because someone in the community is advocating for its preservation. She urged young African Americans to get involved with preservation and to learn more about their local history.

“I hope the black millennials, in particular, will embrace this history and recognize the importance of preserving these important properties to the collective memory of African Americans, their identities and their communities,” said Collier-Thomas.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/black-history-month-lecture-discusses-historical-sites

UNC Soccer Star Named ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year

UNC senior defender Jonathan Campbell has been named the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Campbell started all 20 games for the Tar Heels in 2015 and scored one goal and accumulated four assists from his defense position.

Campbell was selected with the number 12 pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire.

Campbell earned All-America honors for his play and for his performance in the classroom during his senior campaign for the Tar Heels.

This marked the fourth time Campbell, who graduated in December, was named to the All-ACC Academic Team. He is the only member of the team to receive the honor four times.

Carolina sophomore David October and freshman Alex Comsia were also named to Academic All-Conference team. It was the first selection for both.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-soccer-star-named-acc-mens-soccer-scholar-athlete-of-the-year

UNC Field Hockey Places 5 on Academic All-ACC Team

Five UNC field hockey student-athletes have been named to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic team, which was announced Monday.

Seniors Casey Di Nardo, Nina Notman and Emily Wold were joined by sophomore Sam Night and freshman Malin Evert representing the Tar Heels.

Wold was one of two members of the All-Academic team to make the cut for a fourth time. Di Nardo was honored for the third time in 2015. It was the first time for Evert, Night and Notman.

Notman and Wold were also named to the All-America team this season.

Duke senior Lauren Blazing was named the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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