The North Carolina Tar Heels ranked 19th in the NCAA Division 1 standings released February 28th.
They entered the ACC Tournament with an overall record of 25-8 and a conference record of 8-6. They will meet Kennesaw State on Mar 13 at home.
The Tar Heel’s Season
The Tar Heel’s attempt at becoming the first ACC team to win four tournament games in four days was squashed by Duke in the tournament title game. Duke tried to exploit North Carolina’s fatigue but this didn’t become a factor until the last ten minutes of the game.
Loose balls weren’t gone after, layups and shots were missed, and the small things weren’t getting done. North Carolina was outrebounded 38-27 and allowed Duke to shoot 46%. In the other three tournament games, the Tar Heels didn’t let their opponent shoot better than 36%.
The whole season was a triumph with the return of Jessica Breland. Most games were won by a high point margin, with only two games close in score. Sylvia Hatchell leads the Tar Heels, but on the court she looks to Jessica Breland and Italee Lucas to take charge on the court.
About The Team
Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell is in her 25th season as the head coach of the Tar Heels. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004, is only one of four coaches in Division 1 history to reach the 800-win plateau, is the third-winningest active coach in the nation, has been named National Coach of the Year three times, and has led teams to at least 20-wins 26 times.
Senior Jessica Breland has had a roller coaster of a career. She was diagnosed with cancer and took a season off to fight this battle. She returned this year and was phenomenal. She broke a 30-year-old ACC Tournament record when she made 32 field goals. She had 9 of Carolina’s final 12 points in the game against Duke.
In the final two games of the tournament alone, she hit 24 field goals, averaged 25.6 points per game in the final three games, and had 27 rebounds total for the tournament. In addition to this she was named to the All-ACC First Team. Senior Italee Lucas was also named to the All-ACC First team. She averaged 12.5 points per game during the tournament and 16.2 points per game in conference. She had double figures 25 of 29 games, including seven games of 20 points or more.
About The School
The University of North Carolina is located in Chapel Hill, NC and has been educating students since 1795 when it became the nation’s first public university. According to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, UNC ranked 1st among the 100 best U.S. public college and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs.
There are over 29,000 undergraduates, graduates, and professional students studying one of the 77 bachelor’s, 107 master’s, 69 doctorate, and six professional degree programs.