The frontcourt for the North Carolina women's basketball team features three returning Tar Heels, all of which are upperclassmen.
Although the team doesn’t have any first years or transfer players in the front court, the familiar faces – who helped the team to a 25-7 overall record and third place finish in the ACC – will be key contributors for the Tar Heels, especially after graduating forward Jaelynn Murray.
Here's a look at UNC's forwards for the 2022-23 season:
The Tar Heels’ front court is led by junior Anya Poole, who started all 32 games last season. In those 32 starts, the 6-foot-2 forward averaged 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She finished the season ranked eleventh in the ACC in total rebounds and second on the team in rebounds per game, behind junior Alyssa Ustby.
Poole jumped out to a fast start last season, scoring a season-high 17 points on 7-10 shooting against Charlotte in the second game of the season. She also added nine rebounds, helping the Tar Heels to a dominant 89-33 win.
In the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, Poole scored eight points while going 4-5 from the field against Arizona. She also pulled down six rebounds, which helped the Tar Heels’ come away with a 63-45 win over the Wildcats.
When Poole got into early foul trouble against South Carolina in the Sweet 16, it was junior forward Alexandra Zelaya who stepped in and scored a career-high 10 points. Zelaya shot 4-6 from the field and also grabbed two rebounds in UNC's narrow loss.