UNC Releases 2017-18 Women's Basketball ScheduleHome games with Duke, Louisville, NC State and Syracuse highlight a competitive 2017-18 schedule for the UNC women's basketball team. Carolina will play 19 home games, split between eight ACC contests and 11 non-league matchups. UNC opens with 10-straight home games, beginning with Hampton on Friday, Nov. 10 and Colorado of the Big XII on Nov. 12. (GoHeels.com)
Sylvia Hatchell's blueberry patch reflects her unending positivityBack when Sylvia Hatchell bought 204 acres south of Black Mountain in 2000, she noticed blueberry bushes growing. Hatchell wanted to do something with them. “So, I thought, ‘I’ll put up a sign on a tree down there that says 'honor system' and tell people to write checks to the cancer center.’”. That sign, turned into something more than she could ever imagine. (Daily Tar Heel)
Mystics’ Ivory Latta receives WNBA community leadership awardWashington Mystics guard Ivory Latta’s efforts to promote participation in youth sports and her work to encourage healthy lifestyles for children and families was recognized with a Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, the WNBA announced Friday. The Mystics veteran co-wrote and published an autobiographical children’s book this year, “Despite the Height.” (Washington Post)
UNC Women's Basketball: Scheduled for SuccessWhen the North Carolina women’s basketball schedule came out last Thursday, two numbers stuck out: 11 and one. Of the Tar Heels’ 13 non-conference games in 2017-18, 11 of them come in Carmichael Arena. The other two games are at Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- and given head coach Sylvia Hatchell’s public adoration for the place, those might as well be at home. (Argyle Report)
Tar Heels Finish Top 10 In All-Sport CompetitionThe University of North Carolina was one of six athletic programs to finish in the top 10 in both the men's and women's standings in the 2016-17 Capital One Cup, which measures top 10-finishes in NCAA Championship play and coaches' polls in 20 men's and 21 women's sports. The Tar Heels finished third in the men's standings and ninth in the women's this year. (GoHeels.com)
Record 385 Tar Heels Named To ACC Academic Honor RollA record 385 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday by the league. It's the second year in a row and the fourth time in the past five years that UNC has established a new high and the fifth year in a row that more than 300 Tar Heel student-athletes have been honored. (GoHeels.com)
Janelle Bailey, USA Capture FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup GoldThe USA Basketball Women's 3x3 U18 World Cup Team (7-0) went inside early and often against previously unbeaten Czech Republic (6-1) for a 21-14 victory in the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup gold medal game on Sunday in Chengdu, China. UNC freshman-to-be Janelle Bailey scored a team-high 11 points and finished as the tournament's leading scorer. (GoHeels.com)
UNC finishes 5th nationally in race for the Learfield Directors’ CupUNC finished fifth in the final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the Tar Heels' 11th top-five and 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. It marks the 18th time UNC is the highest-ranked ACC program. The Directors' Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men's and 10 women's programs per school. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Women's Basketball To Host Minnesota In 2017 B1G/ACC ChallengeThe 2017 version of the annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge will feature North Carolina hosting Minnesota on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Carmichael Arena. Game time will be announced at a later date. The Tar Heels own an impressive 7-3 record in the challenge. However, Carolina and the Golden Gophers have never matched up in the series. (GoHeels.com)
Ivory Latta Publishes Children's BookIvory Latta will always be closely associated with the game of basketball. A collegiate All-American at UNC and later a two-time WNBA all-star with the Washington Mystics, Latta recently added a new line to her career biography as the writer and publisher of a children's book. Earlier this month, Latta's autobiographical book “Despite the Height” went on sale. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heel Blog Podcast: Ivory Latta SpecialOn this week’s show, Ivory Latta discusses starting her 11th season in the WNBA. We will also look back on and discuss her playing and coaching career at North Carolina. In addition to playing for the Washington Mystics, Ivory recently published her first children’s book. We’ll talk about the book, Despite the Height, and what inspired her to write it. (Tar Heel Blog)
Mystics’ Ivory Latta has a children’s book and a message: ‘You can be whatever you want to be’The germ of an idea was first planted in Ivory Latta’s mind during a 2008 visit to the White House, when children’s book author Charles R. Smith leaned across the table he and the WNBA player were sharing with first lady Laura Bush and said, “Have you ever thought about writing your story?” The idea sparked almost a decade ago will come to fruition Friday. (Washington Post)
Video: Rammys 2017 - Bad Joke TellingCoaches from North Carolina's athletic teams try to keep a straight face in a corny jokes battle in this video which first aired at UNC's 2017 Rammy Awards.
Video: UNC All Sports Highlights 2017Relive North Carolina athletics highlight-worthy moments from the past year, including spectacular individual performances, dramatic come-from-behind victories, clutch plays, and national championships in a highlight video shown at UNC's 2017 Rammy Awards celebration.
After 10 seasons in the WNBA, Ivory Latta remains Washington Mystics’ bundle of energyEntering her 10th season in the WNBA, Ivory Latta’s enthusiasm remains a constant on an overhauled roster that Coach Mike Thibault has shaped into a championship contender. Latta’s place in that equation is as a veteran reserve, a shift the two-time all-star has handled with professionalism, when other players may not have been as accepting. (Washington Post)