Against the best defense in the country and one of the tallest teams, the No. 20 North Carolina women had a tough time finding an offensive rhythm all day. The Tar Heels countered that with some of their best defense of the season in stretches but it wasn’t enough. No. 15 Georgia Tech pulled away in the fourth quarter and led by as many as 22 points in a 55–38 victory Sunday at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
CHAPEL HILL — With six ranked ACC teams, there aren’t many nights when you can turn the ball over too many times, shoot poorly, give up too many offensive rebounds and still easily win. Virginia offered that rare night, and No. 20 North Carolina (15–2, 5–2 ACC) did all four in a 61–52 victory Thursday night at Carmichael Arena. The Cavaliers didn’t make it easy at the end, though, coming within seven points late.
North Carolina, which was one of 11 ranked teams to lose last week, moved up one spot to No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll. UNC (14–2, 4–2 ACC) lost 70–65 Sunday at Notre Dame (13–3, 4–1) in the Tar Heels’ only game of the week. The Irish moved up one spot to No. 19 after also defeating Wake Forest (12–6, 2–5) 74–64 earlier in last week.
Against a tough ACC team on the road, No. 21 North Carolina showed resiliency by not wilting when No. 20 Notre Dame surged to an 11-point third-quarter lead. The Tar Heels rallied back to make it close after never trailing in the first half, but Dara Mabry was too much for them in a 70–65 Notre Dame victory Sunday in South Bend, Ind.
After splitting a pair of ACC games by similar one-sided margins, North Carolina fell two spots in the AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll to No. 21. The Tar Heels (14–1, 4–1 ACC) rebounded from a 72–45 loss at N.C. State (14–2, 5–0), which moved up a slot to No. 4, on Thursday with an impressive 71–46 home win Sunday against Virginia Tech (11–4, 3–1).
CHAPEL HILL — How a team responds to a devastating defeat is a good test of its character, resolve and resilience. No. 19 North Carolina was off the charts in all three categories Sunday night against a good Virginia Tech team. The Tar Heels (14–1, 4–1 ACC) used an 18–2 first-half run to take control, led by as many as 32 points and rolled to a 71–46 victory at Carmichael Arena to snap a three-game home losing streak against the Hokies.
RALEIGH — It wasn’t the first cold shooting start for No. 19 North Carolina this season. But it was the first time that an opponent seized on the opportunity to deliver an early knockout blow.A seasoned, experienced opponent will make you pay and No. 5 N.C. State (13–2, 4–0 ACC) cashed in early on its way to an easy 72–45 victory Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum to end UNC’s unbeaten streak at 13.
After the No. 19 North Carolina women easily navigated the nonconference schedule and the first three games of the ACC season with numerous one-sided victories, the challenges are about to ramp up dramatically. The Tar Heels (13–0, 3–0 ACC) will face their first ranked opponents of the season as conference games fill the rest of the schedule in one of the two best leagues in the country. The ACC and the SEC are the only conferences with six ranked teams and one of three, along with the Pac 12, with two top-10 teams.
Undefeated North Carolina moved up five slots to No. 19 in the latest AP Top 25 women’s poll as the team keeps piling up impressive victories. The Tar Heels (13–0, 3–0 ACC), one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the country along with Colorado (11–0) and Arizona (10–0), won two ACC games at home last week, beating Syracuse 79–43 on Thursday and Clemson 81–62 on Sunday.
CHAPEL HILL — In case it wasn’t already obvious, North Carolina’s unbeaten women showed again in a one-sided win over Clemson that they are really good.
The No. 24 Tar Heels led by 30 points in the third quarter before winning 81–62 Sunday at Carmichael Arena behind Deja Kelly’s career-high 31 points. They now get a chance to prove how good they are when they visit No. 5 N.C. State on Thursday night. That will give UNC (13–0, 3–0 ACC) their toughest test of the season and their first ranked opponent.
By R.L. Bynum If the unbeaten No. 24 North Carolina women’s basketball team was going to face a challenge, it wasn’t likely to come from a Syracuse team with only seven available players. Once the Tar Heels got rolling, there was little Syracuse could do. They moved to 12–0 and 2–0 in the ACC with…
By R.L. Bynum North Carolina’s women’s basketball team, off to its best start in 11 years, moved up one slot to No. 24 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released Monday afternoon. The Tar Heels (11–0) are one of five remaining unbeaten teams in the country out of 356 teams, along with No. 1…