Kelly hits 22 again as UNC avenges losses to Hokies, all but clinches NCAA berth

By R.L. Bynum Deja Kelly’s run of terrific games has likely made her dream of finishing the season at home in Texas a reality. The freshman from San Antonio tied her season-high of 22 points for the second consecutive game as North Carolina avenged two earlier losses to Virginia Tech and rallied from a 14-point …

Kelly, seniors lead UNC romp that solidifies NCAA hopes

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s women drove home a senior night message to the NCAA tournament committee: the Tar Heels belong in the field. Carolina rebounded from a loss at No. 2 N.C. State with a dominating 84–59 victory Thursday at Carmichael Arena over Georgia Tech, one of the ACC’s best teams, …

Poor shooting dooms UNC’s women as State avenges loss

By R.L. Bynum RALEIGH — A lot of the elements that came together for North Carolina to upset No. 4 N.C. State 15 days earlier were missing Sunday.  And missing is what the Tar Heels mostly did from 3-point range in the first three quarters after collecting 11 3-pointers in the first meeting. Without that …

UNC’s women polish NCAA resume with easy win at Clemson

By R.L. BynumNorth Carolina’s women picked a fine time to be playing their best basketball of the season as they navigate through life on the NCAA tournament bubble. With freshman point guard Deja Kelly playing her best game in weeks and Stephanie Watts becoming the 24th player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points, …

Small ball big again for UNC as it ends road skid at Pitt

By R.L. Bynum For the second consecutive game, going small turned up big results for North Carolina’s women. It worked during the Tar Heels’ upset a week earlier against No. 4 N.C. State and was productive again Sunday at Pittsburgh. They even went with five guards for nearly two minutes and played guards at the …

Ustby leads UNC to 3rd upset of a top-10 N.C. State team in 3 years

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  When North Carolina sees Wolfpack red, it doesn’t seem to matter what N.C. State has accomplished before the game — the Tar Heels’ play shoots up several levels and challenges the Pack. For the third consecutive season, the Tar Heels defeated a top-10 N.C. State team, this time taking …

Big early deficit too much for UNC again in loss to FSU

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s pattern of getting off to rough starts and trying to scramble back is one that has given the Tar Heels a small margin of error as they try to wage comebacks. The mostly young Tar Heels are in a stretch of learning one tough lesson after another. …

Holešínská’s 21 points aren’t enough as Heels’ rally at Virginia Tech falls short

By R.L. Bynum Anytime you face Virginia Tech, your two main concerns are the Hokies’ prolific 3-point shooting and the inside threat from 6-5 center Elizabeth Kitley. Tech hurt UNC on both counts with 12 3-pointers and Kitley scoring 27 points in Tech’s 73–69 victory Sunday in snowy Blacksburg, Va., for a second win over …

Heels absorb No. 1 Louisville’s best punches early, then their furious rally falls short

By R.L. Bynum If you’re going to play the nation’s No. 1 team, it’s helpful if that team isn’t trying to shake off a pair of narrow wins. Added to that, Louisville knew before its game against North Carolina started that No. 2 N.C. State and No. 3 Connecticut each lost earlier Thursday. The host …

Watts shakes shooting slump and other positives come out of UNC’s loss at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum Tar Heels fans knew the dynamic talent that North Carolina got when Stephanie Watts transferred back into the program before this season. But as the struggles with her shot seemed to affect her overall game, they weren’t seeing that Watts.  She was back Tuesday afternoon at Syracuse. Watts came off the bench …