The North Carolina women’s basketball team has started the year 2-0 and hopes to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-2015 season. With that in mind, here are some numbers to know for the Tar Heels.
36: The amount of consecutive regular season games missed by redshirt junior Stephanie Watts. The guard returned to the floor for the first time since Feb. 16, 2017, in an exhibition against Carson-Newman and impressed by scoring 28 points. She followed that up with encore performances of 16 and 9 points, respectively, in the team’s first two regular season games.
18.3: Paris Kea’s career points per game average as a Tar Heel coming into the season, a number that ranks first in program history. The redshirt senior guard is also one of four players in program history to score 1,000 points in her first two seasons with the team. The preseason All-ACC pick was also named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Women's Watch List on Monday after averaging 21 points per game in two games this year.
25: The number of points scored by junior transfer Shayla Bennett in her first two games as a Tar Heel. The former Gulf Coast State guard has wasted no time in getting acclimated to the program, taking the spot of former guard Jamie Cherry in the starting lineup. As a sophomore at Gulf Coast State, Bennett averaged 20.6 points per game and was named the 2018 WBCA Two-Year College Player of the Year. She adds speed and scoring punch to head coach Sylvia Hatchell’s system.
13.3: The career points per game average of Destinee Walker, the other talented redshirt junior guard who missed all of last year due to an injury. Although Walker has not played so far this season due to a hip issue, once she returns she will be a key contributor, be it off the bench or in the starting lineup.