Top-ranked North Carolina (11-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got four goals apiece from Abbey Friend and Maggie Bill and defeated second-ranked Maryland (13-1, 4-1), 17-15, on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels went on a 5-0 run to start the second half and take control of the game after trailing 10-9 at halftime.
Trent Thornton tossed a three-hit shutout and No. 30 North Carolina topped Boston College 7-0 in the series opener Friday afternoon at Commander Shea Field.
North Carolina junior James Michael McAdoo felt he had put off going to the NBA long enough. The 6-foot-9 forward had flirted with entering the draft after each of his first two seasons before announcing Thursday that he would make the jump this time around.
Duke signeeJahlil Okafor scored 17 points and added seven rebounds as the West defeated the East 105-102 in the boys' McDonald's All-American basketball game Wednesday night
Brianna Turner came up with the big shot and a big stop when her team needed it. The Notre Dame-bound star hit a jumper with 53 seconds left to lift the West to a 80-78 victory over the East on Wednesday night in the 13th annual McDonald’s All-America girls basketball game.
Yet there were no tears from the players after North Carolina lost to Stanford 74-65 on Tuesday night, no deep silences, no emotional hugs. The Tar Heels were mostly upbeat in the locker room about 20 minutes after their season ended one game short of the Final Four.
The Tar Heels were looking forward to having UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell join them on the bench in the Final Four in Nashville, Tenn., but their run ended in the Elite Eight in Stanford, Calif.
Road games heighten Tar Heels' focus, UNC freshman Diamond DeShields said.
Talented Tar Heels freshman Diamond DeShields sprained both her right ankle and left knee in the Sweet 16 against South Carolina on Sunday.
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TAR HEELS TO MEET NO. 1 SEED SOUTH CAROLINA SUNDAY
North Carolina’s Xylina McDaniel offers a simple observation of her upcoming opponent, South Carolina: “They are a No. 1 seed,” she said, “but they are beatable.”
Just three months ago, the Tar Heels handed the Gamecocks their first loss of the season with an eight-point win on a neutral court in Myrtle Beach.
The stage is far bigger now as they gear up to face off again, both teams just two wins away from a trip to the Final Four.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, who led her team to a 29-4 record and the first top seed in program history, sees little benefit in studying tape from that December meeting in preparation for Sunday night’s rematch in the NCAA tournament’s Stanford Regional semifinals.
“We took a peek at it. I don’t think you can take much from the game aside from some little things, adjustments we can make,” Staley said Saturday. “I think both teams are playing at a different level, so you have to get more current.”
The fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-9) hope to keep winning so they can welcome coach Sylvia Hatchell back to the bench after her battle with leukemia. Doctors have said she has a good chance to travel to Nashville, Tenn., if North Carolina can reach the Final Four for the first time since 2007.
UNC WOMEN SET SIGHTS ON DUPLICATING 1994 NATIONAL TITLE RUN
Before she became one of North Carolina’s most famous athletes, Marion Jones was a decoy.
With seven-tenths of a second left in the 1994 NCAA women’s basketball championship game, the then-Tar Heel freshman was supposed to bring her defender out to the top of the key and open up the paint, possibly for a lob pass to 6-5 center Sylvia Crawley.
Jones did take one step out toward the 3-point line, but then she just stood there. Like everyone else, her attention was fixed on what was about to become one of the most famous shots in college basketball history.
“It’s very surreal — like an out-of-body experience,” Jones said. “I’m watching it like everyone else.”
Stephanie Lawrence inbounded the ball to Charlotte Smith on the right wing, and Smith’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave UNC a 60-59 win over Louisiana Tech.
While UNC is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its only national championship, the current squad is eager to add another. The Tar Heels will face South Carolina in a regional semifinal today at Stanford University (7 p.m., ESPN2).
Ryan Deitrich’s game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th gave Duke a series-clinching 9-8 win over No. 18 North Carolina Saturday at Jack Coombs Field.
The fifth-ranked North Carolina men’s lacrosse team outscored ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins 9-2 over the last 31:30 of the game to beat the Blue Jays 13-9 at Homewood Field here Saturday.