Six former Tar Heels on training-camp rosters as WNBA preseason practice starts

By R.L. Bynum There were six former Tar Heels on WNBA rosters last year and there potentially could be at least six this season. That’s possible even though three who played in the league last season weren’t on a training-camp roster as preseason practice began Sunday. The only former UNC players who were on WNBA …

Sparks pick Watts No. 10 overall in first round of the WNBA draft

By R.L. Bynum After one season back in Chapel Hill, it’s a return to Los Angeles for Stephanie Watts after she became the 21st player in Carolina history to be picked in the WNBA draft and the ninth to go in the first round. The 5–11 guard became only the second Carolina player to be …

UNC women get talented, record-breaking guard transfer in Hodgson

By R.L. Bynum Talented 5-foot-9 guard Eva Hodgson is transferring from William & Mary to North Carolina and will have two years of eligibility in Chapel Hill. Hodgson, who opted out of last season because of COVID-19 concerns, was the CAA rookie of the year in the 2018–19 season and was an All-CAA pick in …

A monster game from Watts in NCAA debut not enough against Alabama

By R.L. Bynum After waiting six years to finally play in an NCAA tournament game, Stephanie Watts did all she could to make it a memorable debut. The 2016 ACC freshman of the year did it all for North Carolina with a 29 points, seven 3-pointers and three blocks, all season-highs, but they weren’t enough …

It’s a bittersweet Texas homecoming for Kelly as UNC opens NCAA play Monday

By R.L. Bynum In a normal year, Deja Kelly’s Texas homecoming would have included a lot of time with family and friends and visiting her old neighborhood not far away from San Antonio’s Alamodome. Instead, as Kelly and her North Carolina teammates prepare for Monday’s first-round game in the NCAA tournament’s Hemisfair Region as a …

UNC’s women earn NCAA berth but by a smaller margin than expected

By R.L. Bynum When North Carolina’s women got big victories over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in the last week of the regular season, everybody assumed that the Tar Heels had the program’s ACC-record 28th NCAA berth locked up.  Everybody was right, but it came by the slimmest of margins.  According to the NCAA, the …

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 …