Through the first three quarters of the exhibition matchup between the North Carolina women’s basketball team and Carson-Newman at Carmichael Arena on Wednesday — a game the Tar Heels eventually won, 96-70 — it looked like the game could go either way.
Despite the Tar Heels boasting impressive young talent over their opponent, the squad’s inexperience showed as the team led just 63-54 at the end of the third quarter.
“They came out going after us," Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "They’ve got great shooters. I don’t think there’s any doubt they will be one of the top Division-II programs in the country. They weren’t afraid of us. Those kids were smart, they are good players. They gave us all we could handle in the first half.”
The 2016 Tar Heels' inexperience is something they will have to work around this season. UNC has just two upperclassmen on the roster — Jamie Cherry and Hillary Fuller — while the rest of the team is a handful of sophomores and eight first-year players.
“We are still trying to find ourselves, in terms of who can play this position, and who's best ...” Hatchell said. "I was just letting them all have a little time to see what they could do.”