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 …

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 …

Tar Heels show rust from 3-week layoff in home loss to Miami

UNC’s women have their worst shooting game of the season and most turnovers By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It was easy to see, from the offensive sloppiness to the shooting struggles, that North Carolina hadn’t played in 21 days. Against a Miami team that had played three times since the Tar Heels’ last game, …

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. …

Young Tar Heels pass first big test of the season

Watts scores 17 points to lead UNC’s women past a tough Charlotte team  By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Facing its biggest challenge of the season, North Carolina’s talented young women’s basketball team met it with a strong finish. The Tar Heels (5-0) used an 8-0 run in the last two minutes to pull away …

UNC rolls by 70 points in a nearly historic victory

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It took only six seconds for Kennedy Todd-Williams to score the first of many North Carolina layups on a dominating evening against overmatched South Carolina State. She nearly made it a historic night. The only question for the bigger, faster and more talented Tar Heels was whether they could …

Suffocating defense ignites plenty of offense as UNC’s women roll past UNCG

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Coach Courtney Banghart preaches that the game is won with good defense and bemoaned a stretch of the opener when her North Carolina women’s basketball team “stopped defending.” There were no such issues Saturday afternoon in an impressive 96–35 victory over UNCG at Carmichael Arena. With the Tar Heels’ …

Kelly, Holešínská and others impressive in UNC debuts as Tar Heels roll

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Petra Holešínská arrived at Carolina with a reputation as a lethal outside shooter and quickly showed why that was on target. The graduate transfer from Illinois swished her first attempt from 3-point range and made her second shot lofted from a couple of feet behind the arc in the …

Banghart has plenty of candidates to start and be leaders heading into UNC’s women’s opener

By R.L. Bynum Last season, Courtney Banghart led a team full of players she had never coached. Even though she is about to begin her second season as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, it feels like a similar experience this year with so many departures and arrivals. With only three players back who played last …

A much deeper, more talented UNC women’s team will look nothing like last season’s team

By R.L. Bynum Forget anything you saw from Coach Courtney Banghart’s first women’s basketball team at North Carolina last season. She didn’t come to Chapel Hill for 16–14 seasons that end with eight consecutive losses. Yes, there were successful stretches, including a 9-game win streak, and a signature 66–60 victory over then-No. 9 N.C. State.  But …