The North Carolina women’s basketball team is uniquely fortunate to start four ball handlers capable of running the show. As UNC (10-2) proved Wednesday afternoon in a 90-55 victory over Coppin State (0-11), that luxury is invaluable.
After all, a basketball team takes on the persona of its point guard. The point guard pressures the opposing team’s backcourt, controls the offense’s tempo and resides as the voice of reason when adversity surfaces. For UNC, junior guard Jamie Cherry fills this role.
“The coaches look at me to take charge out there, and I’m responsible for everybody,” Cherry said. “I’m responsible for where everybody goes and what goes on as a vocal leader out there.”
Cherry brought the ball up against Coppin State to start the game, as she typically does. Cherry served as the primary distributor to the Tar Heels’ vast perimeter shooting talent, notching five assists Wednesday.
She’s certainly an unquestioned leader of the team, and she serves as the ambassador to the Tar Heel coaching staff on the court.