With an at-large NCAA Tournament bid impossible, the North Carolina women’s basketball team enters the conference postseason this week with everything to play for.
In head coach Courtney Banghart's first year, the Tar Heels finished the regular season 16-13 overall and 7-11 in the ACC, earning them a No. 12 seed in the ACC Tournament. That gives UNC a first-round matchup against No. 13 seed Wake Forest.
The Tar Heels are entering the ACC Tournament a month removed from their last win and riding a seven-game losing streak. Over the course of the skid, North Carolina has lost by an average of more than 13 points, with four of those losses being by 18 or more.
UNC has flashed its talent at times this season, most notably when giving undefeated N.C. State its first loss of the season earlier this year. Since then, though, the team has gone just 4-10. In the last three games, the Tar Heels have been without their leading rebounder and scorer, Janelle Bailey, who is a game-time decision on Wednesday.
UNC will be looking at the play of Bailey, senior guard Taylor Koenen and first-year forward Malu Tshitenge to lead them to a run in the ACC Tournament.