Hot-shooting Deacons knock NCAA-bound UNC out of ACC tournament

By R.L. Bynum GREENSBORO — For the second consecutive season, Wake Forest ended North Carolina’s ACC tournament after one game. Thanks to some big UNC victories down the stretch, though, the Demon Deacons didn’t end its season like they did a year ago. Needing wins to earn an NCAA berth, the Deacons came into the …

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, …

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. …

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 …

Shooting woes continue as UNC’s women lose second consecutive game

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — The poor shooting and the search for the right combinations coming out of the extended holiday break continued as North Carolina’s women lost consecutive games for the second time this season. Virginia Tech snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66–54 victory over the Tar Heels at Carmichael Arena …

UNC women show resiliency, poise in OT win over Wake Forest

Tar Heels get many contributions from several players, win behind Bailey’s leadership By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s women have proven to be quite resilient and not fazed by early deficits. They did that again Sunday but also showed the poise to win a close game for the first time in three tries. …