Carpe diem. Seize the day.
If John Keating watched the North Carolina women’s basketball team Tuesday, he might have come to the same conclusion head coach Courtney Banghart did about her young squad after a 88-76 loss to Syracuse: the team needs to seize its opportunities.
“One of the challenges for a young team is that for young people, they think it’s just another day,” Banghart said. “As you get older, you recognize that this is an opportunity — it doesn’t always come back. We just have to help these guys understand that.”
The score isn't reflective of the effort the Tar Heels showed. But it does reflect the team's inconsistency. 26 of UNC’s 29 fast break points came in the first and third quarters. In the fourth?
The lack of fast break points in the fourth quarter was mostly down to a defensive collapse. The second quarter was all about rebounding, with UNC conceding 13 offensive rebounds in the period. In total, one of the best rebounding teams in the nation was out-rebounded a second straight game, 50-36.
Star senior center Janelle Bailey best epitomized the tale of two teams, taking over the third quarter with 14 of the team’s 30 points but totally blanking in the fourth. Still, she acknowledged the bright spots, applauding the Tar Heels' improved rebounding in the second half.
“Our energy was definitely better throughout the course of the game,” Bailey said. “We stuck together, but now it’s time to put it all together and be desperate for our win.”
Graduate transfer guard Stephanie Watts echoed that call and explained how the team can become more consistent.