So as gift ideas began to swirl in their heads, the Tar Heels fanned out across Carmichael Auditorium to take their test.
They'll get a chance to earn some extra credit and brownie points with UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell by putting those plays in action against Maryland on Saturday at 2 p.m.
UNC opens its ACC season against a 6-1 Terrapins team that is fresh off a hard-fought loss to Penn State.
"The next (ACC) game's not until after Christmas break, so you want to get that first ACC win," Hatchell said.
Getting that win might be difficult for the Tar Heels (3-3). Maryland began the season 6-0 and lost by nine to the
13th-ranked Nittany Lions.
Add the Terrapins' surprising start to a potential hole in UNC's line-up, and the Tar Heels could have a fight on their hands.
Guard Juana Brown left the game six minutes into Sunday's 78-55 loss to
No. 4 Notre Dame with a knee injury. Brown returned to practice Wednesday, but she's questionable for Saturday.