The preseason No. 16 UNC women’s basketball team, joined by eight newcomers, is ready to tackle yet another tough set of opponents this season.
Tipping off on Nov. 8, the Tar Heels will face their first competitor of the season, Gardner-Webb, in Carmichael Arena. UNC will then face three more teams — Davidson, Hampton, and Elon — at home on Nov. 12, Nov. 15. and Nov. 18, respectively, for a busy week of play.
After getting comfortable at home, UNC will travel down to Estero, Fla. for the Gulf Coast Showcase. There, the Tar Heels will face Vermont on Nov. 24, as well as two other undetermined competitors — which could include No. 3 Iowa led by superstar Caitlin Clark.
Coming back up to Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels will play one of their toughest matchups of the season in the ACC/SEC Challenge against No. 6 South Carolina. The Gamecocks finished 36-1 last season after losing to Iowa in the Final Four. With the addition of All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention Te-Hina Paopao from Oregon, South Carolina is anticipated to have even more consistency from behind the 3-point line this season.
That game is expected to draw plenty of fans to Chapel Hill.
"I mean, South Carolina, I think there's under 1,000 tickets left already and it's not until November," UNC head coach Courtney Banghart said at the 2023 ACC Tipoff. "And we haven't even put it on sale for the general public yet."
After the Gamecocks, North Carolina will face No. 2 UConn on Dec. 10 in the Hall of Fame Women's Showcase in Uncasville, Conn. That game is expected to feature a recovered Paige Bueckers, who missed last season with an ACL injury and was named a preseason All-American heading into this year.