A year after enduring the pain of tearing her right ACL and the anxiety of not knowing what would come next, Ciera Toomey led Dunmore High School to its first Pennsylvania Class 3A state title on Thursday night. There were doubts about whether the highest-ranked of Carolina’s talented four-player incoming freshman class would recover in time to play her senior season. She still is working her way back to being the player she was before the injury but it was remarkable that Toomey even played this season.
Category: Women’s basketball
Todd-Williams says that her decision to leave UNC had nothing to do with money
Kennedy Todd-Williams said Friday that her decision to enter the transfer portal after two seasons at North Carolina wasn’t driven by NIL possibilities or money. “Has nothing to do with money,” Todd-Williams said in a Twitter direct message. “It’s never been about that. It’s about doing what’s best for me regardless of the situation here.”
UNC starter Todd-Williams entering transfer portal, day after Adams decides to transfer
For the second consecutive day, a North Carolina women’s player entered the transfer portal, this time two-year starter Kennedy Todd-Williams. Todd Williams announced her decision Thursday in a social media post, leaving the Tar Heels with three returning starters in rising seniors Deja Kelly, Alyssa Ustby and Anya Poole.
UNC forward Destiny Adams enters transfer portal after two seasons
Forward Destiny Adams made big strides from her freshman to sophomore seasons at North Carolina, but announced on social media Wednesday night that she is entering the transfer portal.
UNC’s talented junior class will be the core of national contender next season
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Courtney Banghart got the North Carolina job, her first recruiting calls were to the members of the talented junior class that have put the Tar Heels program back in the national spotlight. The core of that group — guard Deja Kelly, wing Kennedy Todd-Williams, forward Alyssa Ustby and center Anya Poole — fell short of its lofty goals with a heartbreaking 71–69 loss to Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Monday afternoon.
UNC-Ohio State battle of two torrid defensive teams that battle inconsistency
COLUMBUS, Ohio —With two of the toughest defensive teams in the country who also have had consistency issues in a few stretches, it’s difficult to know what to expect when No. 20-ranked North Carolina and No. 12-ranked Ohio State battle for a Sweet 16 berth on Monday. The No. 3-seed Buckeyes (26–7) lost three in a row and went 7–7 their first 19 games. The No. 6-seed Tar Heels (22–10) dropped four straight in late December and early January, and lost three of four in February. The latter stretch, though, was without starters Alyssa Ustby and Eva Hodgson.
Passionate Hodgson pins hopes on her shooting, defense continuing to put off the end of her college career
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eva Hodgson donned her signature bucket hat on Sunday as she talked about the relief of North Carolina’s first-round escape. She knows that her college career is one Tar Heels loss from ending, and you could see the emotion of that reality when she was on the sidelines on Saturday.
Carolina’s battle with Ohio State for Sweet 16 berth draws early start time
No. 20-ranked North Carolina plays on Ohio State’s home court for a berth in the Sweet 16 at 4 p.m. Monday in a game that will air on ESPN. The No. 6-seed Tar Heels’ game against the No. 12-ranked and No. 6-seed Buckeyes (26–7) at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, is the initial second-round NCAA tournament game of the day.
Call it a win and move on: For UNC’s women, dramatics work out in final seconds
The easy explanation for how North Carolina’s women’s basketball team extended its season Saturday: Deja Kelly drove down the left side of the lane and banked in a shot with 2.3 seconds left as Mimi Reid of St. John’s fouled her to break a tie. She finished the three-point play.
Carolina, St. John’s star Everett familiar with each other, but former Pitt star 0–2 against Tar Heels
In many NCAA tournament matchups, neither team is familiar with the other. On Saturday, former Pittsburgh star Jayla Everett will know No. 20 Carolina and the No. 6-seed Tar Heels will know the talented forward, who led No. 11 seed St. John’s to its first NCAA tournament berth in seven years.