11/16/2009 12:23am

Sophomore Laura Broomfield saw extensive action against College of Charleston. DTH/B.J. Dworak

New starters pace Tar Heels

Like last year, North Carolina entered its season opener with the title of preseason ACC favorites. Less familiar were some of the names defending it.The No. 5 UNC women’s basketball team routed College of Charleston 88-57 on Friday.

10/26/2009 3:49pm

Jessica Breland

Women's basketball team picked for top finish

The women's basketball team was picked to finish first this season by a panel of media and school representatives.North Carolina received 30 of 45 first-place votes, ahead of Duke and last year's ACC regular season champion, Florida State. UNC went 28-7 in 2008-09 and placed fourth in the ACC.

10/19/2009 11:56pm

Connecticut came to the Smith Center last season and ripped North Carolina, 88-58. DTH File Photo

UNC looking forward to Husky rematch

It was supposed to be the big game of the 2008-09 North Carolina women’s basketball schedule.In the preseason, the story ran in the last basketball preview section: UNC vs. Connecticut. The powerhouse Huskies were coming to the Smith Center to take on North Carolina, the program that hadn’t lost an ACC Tournament game in four years.And as the game inched closer, the hype built.UNC sat at 17-0, ranked No. 2 in the nation. UConn was 17-0 as well and brought the No. 1 overall ranking into the game.

4/12/2009 12:00am

Senior guard/forward Rashanda McCants was selected 15th in the WNBA Draft and will spend her rookie year with the Minnesota Lynx.

W. Basketball: McCants 15th pick in draft

Rashanda McCants wasn't able to follow her brother's path to a national championship at UNC — but she is following him to the next step. At the WNBA Draft on Thursday in Secaucus N.J. McCants was there in person when she was selected 15th overall by the Minnesota Lynx. She joins the same organization that drafted her brother Rashad with the 14th pick in the 2005 draft.

3/26/2009 12:00am

Sports briefs for March 26

North Carolina senior forward Rashanda McCants likely suffered a concussion in Monday's second-round loss to Purdue" the UNC athletic department announced today. ""Obviously Rashanda didn't have the kind of performance against Purdue that we have come to expect from her"" Hatchell said in a statement.

3/24/2009 12:00am

Despite combining for only 11 fouls in the first half" the physical play between the Tar Heels and Boilermakers defined the game from the onset.

Physical play spells defeat for Tar Heels

CHATTANOOGA Tenn. — North Carolina usually has a lightening-fast style of play thanks to its trademark breakneck pace. But Monday's second-round NCAA loss to Purdue will be remembered more for the thunderous blows taken on both ends of the court.

3/24/2009 12:00am

W. Basketball: Heels' season ends sooner than hoped

In 2006 North Carolina lost in the Final Four. Ditto in 2007. In 2008 the Tar Heels fell just short falling 56-50 to LSU in the Elite Eight. The bar had been set high for 2009's postseason and though UNC put together what would be considered an excellent season for virtually any other program in the country (28-7 11-5 ACC) coach Sylvia Hatchell said her squad failed to reach its preseason expectations.

3/22/2009 12:00am

North Carolina senior Heather Claytor" who started last year amassed a season-high 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting in 20 minutes against UCF.

W. Basketball: Claytor's improved play key for win

CHATTANOOGA Tenn. — Losing minutes can be disappointing. For Heather Claytor a senior in the final stretch of her career it must feel even worse. She was a key reserve in North Carolina's rotation earlier in the season but saw her playing time slump in the past 10 games. In the Tar Heels' last loss against Maryland she barely even got off the bench playing less than a minute.

3/22/2009 12:00am

Despite picking up two fouls in the game?s last 10 minutes" forward Jessica Breland provided a defensive presence for the Tar Heels with a UNC-high five blocked shots. She also recorded nine rebounds and 17 points.

W. Basketball: On to round 2

CHATTANOOGA Tenn. — With 1:31 remaining in the first half of North Carolina's first-round NCAA contest coach Sylvia Hatchell signaled for a timeout. Her third-seeded Tar Heels led the 14th-seeded Knights of Central Florida by just five points.

3/2/2009 12:00am

W. Basketball: Final seconds decide UNC-Duke matchup

DURHAM — It took all of five seconds to decide a 45-minute basketball game. With less than a minute left in overtime North Carolina went from having a 1-point lead and the ball to having the dagger thrust in on the team.

2/26/2009 12:00am

Senior Alex Miller stands with her parents as the UNC seniors are honored before the Tar Heels? win against Miami. Miller" a fifth-year senior played in 18 games this season before sitting with an injury.

W. Basketball: Senior night triumph

On North Carolina's first possession of its win against Miami on Thursday senior Iman McFarland found herself all alone on the right block. Luckily for her fellow senior Rashanda McCants found her as well. And McCants whipped the ball to McFarland for the first two of the game.

2/23/2009 12:00am

UNC sophomore Cetera DeGraffenreid continued her role as UNC?s ?quarterback? and finished with 14 points and four assists Monday.

Tar Heels shine late against in-state rival

RALEIGH — Though North Carolina never trailed Monday night a pesky N.C. State team just refused to go away. Eventually Cetera DeGraffenreid and Jessica Breland made them. Despite numerous N.C. State scoring runs and an evenly matched rebounding game UNC put some distance on the scoreboard when Breland scored five points down the stretch and DeGraffenreid hit 12 second-half free throws.

2/20/2009 12:00am

Rashanda McCants led UNC with 19 points and also pulled down eight rebounds in the team?s first road ACC win in its last four tries.

W. Basketball: Four Heels hit double _¶ gures in win

CHESTNUT HILL Mass. — It wasn't quite the start North Carolina had hoped for. With ice-cold shooting touches and butterfingers all around the Tar Heels fell behind Boston College 18-6 early.

2/16/2009 12:00am

Sophomore point guard Cetera DeGraffenreid lays in two of her team-high 22 points on Sunday

W. Basketball: Jackets dusted

In a matchup that pitted the ACC's top-scoring offense against its stingiest defense the North Carolina women's basketball team worked through a forgettable first half to cruise to a 73-50 victory against Georgia Tech.

2/9/2009 12:00am

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W. Basketball: Heels to face Duke without past stars

North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell has faced Duke 53 times in her career racking up 28 victories. Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie who came to the Blue Devils before the 2007-08 season hasn't had exactly parallel success against the Tar Heels.