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Shelby Swanson


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'It was really bad': UNC women's basketball discusses steps toward equity in NCAA Tournament

As they start their 2023 March Madness run — and yes, the women's tournament now uses March Madness branding  — several Tar Heels have reflected on how their tournament experience has changed over the years. In August 2021, the NCAA’s extensive report found that, on average, the association spends more money on male athletes than female athletes. This discrepancy is because the organization views men’s championships in a different regard than women’s championships.  "Because of the way that the structure’s in place, it’s more lucrative for your men’s basketball team to be more successful," UNC women's basketball head coach Courtney Banghart said. "The politics of that is real.”

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Preview: UNC women's basketball to face No. 11 seed St. John's in NCAA Tournament

Despite it being Courtney Banghart’s 11th postseason appearance and UNC’s 29th NCAA Tournament appearance, the level of excitement for the Tar Heels this March is still the same. The first step in No. 6 seed North Carolina’s trek back to the Sweet 16 is its contest against No. 11 seed St. John’s at 4 p.m. on Saturday. “We’ve seen lots of really good players, lots of dynamic threats, lots of deep teams,” Banghart said. “You hope that what you’ve been prepared for all year, in terms of the talent that you’ve played against, prepares you well for an opportunity like this.”

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'I live for moments like these': Deja Kelly and UNC women's basketball ice Duke with free throws

On Sunday, Duke was looking for more than just a top-25 win over its rivals on senior night. North Carolina shot below 35 percent from the field and scraped by to earn a win with 45 points — the lowest score in a win in program history. Despite the victory, the Tar Heels realize scraping by with this type of play isn’t sustainable.  Sitting between Kelly and Todd-Williams during postgame interviews, Banghart placed her hands on the shoulders of the star players: “I love you all, but I need you to take better care of the basketball,” she told them.

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