The honeymoon is over for head coach Courtney Banghart and UNC women’s basketball.
After an early February win over Clemson, the team improved to 16-6 — its best start since the 2014-15 season. But the Tar Heels (16-9, 7-7 ACC) have since dropped their last three games, falling to rival Duke on the road, then Virginia Tech and Syracuse at home.
Following Thursday night’s 74-56 loss to the Orange (13-11, 7-6 ACC), Banghart didn’t have much to say. Apparently, neither did her players, as none were made available for post-game interviews.
“I don’t have a ton of thoughts,” she said. “We have to decide how good we want to be collectively and individually ... We’ve got some decisions to make in that locker room.”
UNC is first in the ACC in scoring with 73.9 points per game, but after shooting less than 30 percent from the floor for the second time in three games, the Tar Heels were held to a season-low 56 points. Even Taylor Koenen — the team’s second-leading scorer at 14.1 points per contest — couldn’t get going.