Silence was nonexistent. There was a sound coming from every inch of Carmichael Arena on Tuesday. Squeaky shoes, heavy breathing, cheering fans, words exchanged amongst the players. To say the least, it was chaos.
But one voice stood out in the commotion.
Coach Sylvia Hatchell yelled at her North Carolina women's basketball team, trying to shake the Tar Heels back into the game whenever Charleston Southern had a breakaway in UNC's 93-77 win on Tuesday. Over and over, she yelled “defense” at the top of her lungs in hopes to bring the momentum back in North Carolina's favor.
The Tar Heels struggled defensively, resulting in 19 turnovers and 22 personal fouls. Sophomore guard Stephanie Watts, redshirt sophomore guard Paris Kea and redshirt senior forward Hillary Fuller each ended the night with four personal fouls — one short of disqualification.
“We didn’t play our best game defensively,” Hatchell said. “We had some careless turnovers and usually it’s the other way around. The other teams usually have a lot more than we have, but we just weren’t quite as focused as we needed to be out there today."