Last week, the North Carolina women's basketball team unveiled its full 2022-2023 schedule.
With former top high school prospects like Teonni Key and Kayla McPherson returning from injury, North Carolina will have new weapons at their disposal. Combine this with the returning core of juniors Deja Kelly, Alyssa Ustby, Kennedy Todd-Williams and Anya Poole, and UNC will look to reach another Sweet 16 — if not trek further into March.
Here are a few takeaways from North Carolina’s schedule:
A more challenging non-conference schedule
Last year, UNC powered through its 10-game non-conference schedule, beating its opponents by an average of 36.2 points. None of those teams were ranked by the end of the season, while North Carolina finished the season at No. 17 in the final AP poll.
With several competitive invitationals and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the opening months of the season, the Tar Heels will not be taking the easy path this year.
In July, UNC announced its matchup against Indiana on Dec. 1, and has since added the Phil Knight Invitational tournament and a Jumpman Invitational bout against Michigan to its non-conference schedule.
These difficult matchups against Power Five teams should get UNC primed for another tough ACC schedule, as well as increase the team’s likelihood of securing a higher seed in postseason play.