With an up-and-down season, the North Carolina women’s basketball team is slowly nearing the end of another year. With challenges due to COVID-19, heavy roster turnover and trouble finishing games, the Tar Heels have had their fair share of obstacles.
Coming off of a three-game losing streak, the Tar Heels faced No. 4 N.C. State on Sunday, a team that has taken down two different No. 1 teams this season. The Tar Heels knocked down 11 3-pointers and stunned the Wolfpack to pull off the major upset in their most complete game of the season.
Still, the team stands with a 9-8 record and 11th in the ACC. While the Tar Heels are 9-3 for home games, their record for away games stands at 0-5. Here's a look at some factors that have led to UNC's up-and-down performance this season.
It comes as no surprise that COVID-19 has thrown college sports for a loop. Scheduling games has been tough all year — with the chance of any staff or team member being exposed to the virus, things can change in an instant.
Earlier in the season, the team flew to Miami on a 36-hour notice after its game against Louisville was postponed. It's quick turnarounds like these that have kept the Tar Heels on their toes, but have also left them underprepared at times.
On top of this, there is always the possibility that a player or staff member could contract COVID-19, potentially leading to multiple games being postponed or canceled. North Carolina experienced this setback firsthand last month, which contributed to a three-week break from games for the team.
These are setbacks that no player on the team has faced before this year. But the struggles have been particularly harsh for all of UNC's new members as they endured an unusual offseason.