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From coaches driving team to games to a dangerously small gym, UNC’s women’s basketball program has humble origins

Today’s Carolina fans couldn’t imagine the humble roots of women’s basketball on campus, even after Title IX passed, for a program that has won a national championship and could contend for another next season. The head coach driving the team to games in station wagons or vans, four players packing into each motel room, fast food road meals, a dangerously small home gym and unflattering and sexist nicknames in short Daily Tar Heel articles — including Tar Babes, UNC Lassies, Tar Heelets and Femme Cagers — marked the early years when games drew little attention and fans didn’t need to buy a ticket.More

UNC women to play two games against UConn

Coach Courtney Banghart has announced that her Carolina women’s basketball team will play perennial power Connecticut in the 2023–24 and 2024–25 seasons. Banghart mentioned that scheduling on and The Tar Heel Show podcast episode released Monday.More

Howell puts on show in NFL exhibition debut

By R.L. Bynum Rookie Sam Howell may have been the Washington Commanders’ third quarterback in Saturday’s 23–21 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the exhibition opener for both teams, but he was easily the most impressive. The fifth-round pick out of UNC gave the home fans in Landover, Md., a good display of his versatile…More

‘Portraits’ episode focuses on Mack Brown

An episode of “Portraits” featuring Carolina coach Mack Brown will debut this weekend. ESPN2 will first air the show at 10 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2, with the episode re-airing several times on ESPN2 and ESPNU next week.More

ACC Network will air UNC games in several fall sports

Highlighted by the field hockey battle against fellow national power Iowa, North Carolina teams will appear on ACC Network this fall several times. There will be 12 Tar Heels games involving football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball on the network. That total will likely rise, with the football opener at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 unlikely to be the only ACCN appearance for Coach Mack Brown’s team.More

Ustby makes U.S. three-on-three team

North Carolina junior Alyssa Utsby was named to the USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 U23 Nations League roster on Tuesday. She joins Duke senior Celeste Taylor and Notre Dame junior Maddy Westbeld on the six-player roster after 11 players were invited to try out. Others on the team are Aaliya Moore of Texas, Kayla Wells of Texas A&M and Maddy Siegrist of Villanova.More

Davis’ four-out offense spreads floor but so did Smith’s Four Corners

Many say that Coach Hubert Davis’ more spread-out brand of Carolina offense, which sometimes includes four players outside the 3-point arc, is something Tar Heels fans have never previously seen from Tar Heels teams. But many older Tar Heels fans can give you a two-word response if you say that spreading out the offense is new to the program: Four Corners.More

NCAA women’s tournament will have only two sites for regionals

The NCAA has dramatically changed how regionals will work in the women’s basketball tournament for the 2023 season. It could mean North Carolina’s potential path to the Final Four would include four games in the Carolinas. Instead of four regional sites for the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight, there will only be two — at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., and the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Each site will be the host for two regionals.More

Woody Durham treasured note from Vin Scully

Sports broadcasting legend Vin Scully, who died Tuesday at the age of 94, made the day of another broadcast legend with a note he sent. Scully, the iconic Hall of Fame baseball announcer who called Dodgers games for 67 years, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, sent a note on Los Angeles Dodgers stationery to Woody Durham. It congratulated the longtime Voice of the Tar Heels, who passed away in 2018, on his career.More

UNC women face challenging nonconference schedule

Coming off a Sweet 16 appearance last season, North Carolina’s women’s basketball team faces a challenging nonconference schedule that includes two opponents who also made it that far in last season’s NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels (25-7 last season) open at home on Nov. 9 against Jackson State, which won the SWAC and made the NCAA tournament.More

Tar Heels in NFL: Williams, Trubisky, Ezeudu projected starters; Hollins turning heads; 29 UNC alums in camps

Bolstered by eight rookies — three with the New York Giants — the number of Tar Heels in NFL camps is a mammoth 29 players, with some fighting for roster spots, many battling to move up the depth charts and others projected to start. Some of the headliners in camps have been running back Javonte Williams, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, wide receiver Mack Hollins and offensive guard Joshua Ezeudu.More