3/4/2010 12:16am

Waltiea Rolle leads the ACC in blocked shots with 68 this season. DTH File/Jessey Dearing

Out of the Bahamas, Rolle making her mark at UNC

Life in the Bahamas never fostered Waltiea Rolle’s ambitions of becoming a basketball star. In fact, it never even introduced her the game. But that could not deter the scouts who recruited her to come play high school ball in the United States in 2005. “They had a vision that this kid can be a great basketball player,” her high school coach Reed Sutton said. “Before she ever did.”

3/1/2010 12:09am

Women's basketball surprises Duke, takes home victory

North Carolina faced No. 6 Duke, ready to close out a regular season characterized by losses of historic proportion.What the team earned Sunday was a chance to rewrite its legacy.“We’re not finished up this year,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “This team’s got a lot of great days ahead of them.”North Carolina (18-10, 6-8 ACC) beat Duke 64-54 after the Blue Devils clinched the ACC regular season title Friday.

3/1/2010 12:02am

Cetera DeGraffenreid fights through two defenders in Sunday’s 64-54 win against Duke. DTH/Phong Dinh

UNC's DeGraffenreid stars against Blue Devils

She had been called out by her coach, stripped of her leadership responsibilities and benched on more than one occasion.She had suffered through more losses than in any other season during her three years in Chapel Hill. She had thrown up an absolute clunker against Duke in the teams’ last meeting — recording not one field goal.

2/19/2010 1:06am

Warren leads late overtime push

WINSTON-SALEM — Cierra Robertson-Warren was the first one down the court.The UNC freshman stood on the free-throw line with her hands on her knees and waited for the other nine players to take their places. And then she iced the game.Her defensive rebound and ensuing free throw gave the Tar Heels a four-point lead with nine seconds to go in overtime.

2/19/2010 1:05am

Junior Cetera DeGraffenreid had 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers Thursday night.

Tar Heels win in overtime against Wake Forest

In the midst of her team’s longest losing streak since 2000, coach Sylvia Hatchell thought she had run out of solutions.She approached her struggling veteran point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid with a proposition.Don’t worry about leadership anymore. Just play like you used to.In a 65-59 overtime win against Wake Forest, the veteran point guard proved she could do both.

2/16/2010 12:54am

UVa.'s Wright pours in 33 against Tar Heels

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Awaiting a pass from Ariana Moorer in the first overtime, Virginia’s Monica Wright looked ready to put the finishing touches on a sterling performance against North Carolina.

2/16/2010 12:51am

In double overtime, women lose fifth straight game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — With four minutes remaining in regulation, North Carolina guard Cetera DeGraffenreid’s eyes showed confidence, focus and assuredness of how the last four minutes would be played.But no one could have foreseen the double-overtime match between UNC and Virginia on Monday.

2/12/2010 12:35am

UNC women's basketball needs 'more heart'

After a recent loss against Florida State, coach Sylvia Hatchell jokingly invited all in attendance to her team’s 6 a.m rebounding practices.There was no joking Thursday night after a 69-62 loss to Boston College.

2/8/2010 1:45am

Lucas and DeGraffenreid key to women's basketball

Italee Lucas never needed more than one word to measure her success.“My dad always told me to be undeniable,” the junior guard said. “It means don’t let anyone question your work ethic, whether you’re a leader.”Lucas has continued to fight for that recognition this season alongside junior guard Cetera DeGraffenreid.

2/5/2010 12:12am

UNC loses second straight conference game against Miami

Before Thursday’s game against Miami, coach Sylvia Hatchell emphasized to her players the importance of a win.After an 80-69 loss, North Carolina (16-5) will have to wait for another chance. UNC dropped its second consecutive game against a conference opponent.After trailing for most of the game, UNC rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie the game 61-61 with 7:05 remaining.

2/2/2010 1:05am

UNC guard Italee Lucas attempts to track down a loose ball in the Tar Heels’ 83-73 loss to Florida State. DTH/Phong Dinh

Tar Heels fall to Seminoles in women's basketball

Coach Sylvia Hatchell began to list off a series of outstanding records held by her team. Fifty-one wins out of the last 52 games played in Chapel Hill. Nineteen straight conference wins at home. She had one pointed reason. She wanted to remind her players those records were no more after an 83-73 loss to No. 15 Florida State (19-4, 5-2 ACC).

1/26/2010 12:58am

Italee Lucas made up for a poor first half with 28 second-half points to lead North Carolina to victory. DTH/Phong Dinh

Italee Lucas, Heels battle back in win against N.C. State

RALEIGH — North Carolina entered Reynolds Coliseum on its most successful stretch ever against N.C. State. A staggering 17 of the past 19 contests had gone in the Tar Heels’ favor, yet with 12 minutes remaining in the second half, none of that seemed to matter.

1/26/2010 12:41am

UNC’s Waltiea Rolle filled up the box score with a monster second half. DTH/Phong Dinh

Rolle helps women secure win against State

RALEIGH — Chay Shegog was little more than a bystander in Monday’s game against N.C. State.After picking up her fourth foul shortly after halftime with UNC down seven, she sat with a towel draped over her shoulders — even taking part in a “Tar … Heels” chant after a timeout.It seemed that North Carolina would be forced to go the rest of the way without any interior presence.

1/25/2010 12:39am

UNC point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid drives toward the basket in UNC’s 79-61 win against Clemson on Friday. DTH/BJ Dworak

UNC women hold off Clemson with second-half run

It took the North Carolina women’s basketball team seven minutes to turn a barnburner into a blowout Friday night.Down by a point with 7:08 left in the second half, North Carolina rattled off a 23-4 run to defeat Clemson 79-61.

1/19/2010 12:27am

UNC’s Cetera DeGraffenreid has her shot readjusted by Maryland’s Diandra Tchatchouang. DTH/Will Cooper

DeGraffenreid uses second half to get on track

Ten days ago against Connecticut, North Carolina point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid managed four points on 14 percent shooting.Five days later against Virginia Tech, she tallied five points — though her field goal percentage dwindled to nine percent. And in Sunday’s first half against Maryland, her totals diminished even more.

1/19/2010 12:01am

Post play sends UNC past Terps

With her team coming off two consecutive road losses, North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell decided it was time for some changes.She tried shuffles in the lineup and what her team jokingly called 24 hours of practice. “When you lose, you have to keep changing things until you find something that works,” Hatchell said.

1/15/2010 12:29am

UNC's Cetera DeGraffenreid (22) struggled against the Hokies, scoring only five points on 1-11 shooting. She turned the ball ove

Hokies gobble up Tar Heels

BLACKSBURG, VA – After the first half, the North Carolina’s women’s basketball team could have counted itself lucky to only be losing by four to Virginia Tech.In the second half, the Tar Heels had no such luck. UNC found itself on the short end of a 20-6 run to start the second half and never recovered, eventually losing 79-64.