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UNC's Hatchell makes first public speaking appearance since cancer diagnosis

North Carolina women's head basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell made her first public appearance Wednesday since being diagnosed with cancer. Hatchell appeared at the Raleigh Sports Club at Ridge Road Baptist Church. "I'm a little bit tired. This is the first time I've been out doing speaking like this, but these people have been loyal to me in the past," Hatchell said of the Raleigh Sports Club. (WNCN)

Stephanie Mavunga: Warrior Princess

Her name is Stephanie; her name is Tafadzwa. She's from the Midwest; she was born in Zimbabwe. She is a fierce competitor; she is a princess. She's never met a stranger; she misses her family. She takes her faith seriously, but not herself. Don't try to put Stephanie Mavunga into a box-she won't fit. Not her 6-3 frame and not her equally large personality. (GoHeels.com)

UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell in remission

North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is in remission after announcing her leukemia diagnosis Oct. 14, a team spokesman said Wednesday. Her return to the basketball court is still unknown, as she still has treatment cycles to go through. Hatchell turned her duties over to associate head coach Andrew Calder after the diagnosis. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina Women Move To No. 9 In National Basketball Polls

Winners of nine of its last 10 games, the UNC women's basketball team is up to No. 9 this week in both national Top 25 polls - Associated Press and USA Today Sports coaches' poll. North Carolina (14-3, 2-1 ACC) picked up a pair of top 20 wins last week to move up fours spots in this week's AP poll. This week's No. 9 ranking is the highest for the program since checking in at No. 8 in January of 2011. (GoHeels.com)

Sylvia Hatchell continues road to recovery that will lead back to bench

Sylvia Hatchell said she’s now cancer-free – tests taken Jan. 3 showed she was in “complete molecular remission” – though she still has to go through two or three more consolidation treatments to make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. Before she sat down to tape her 30-minute weekly radio show last week, Hatchell said she had just finished 30 minutes on the treadmill. (Durham Herald-Sun)

ACC Names Diamond DeShields Rookie Of The Week

North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday after leading her club to a pair of victories over top 20 clubs last week. DeShields earned the award for the second time this season by averaging 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over No. 20 NC State and No. 17 Florida State. She scored 18 of her 25 points after UNC fell behind by 12 points in the first half. (GoHeels.com)

Diamond DeShields Leads Carolina Over Florida State, 65-61

Diamond DeShields scored 25 points to lead No. 13/12 North Carolina to a 65-61 victory over No. 18/17 Florida State on Sunday from the Tucker Center. North Carolina (14-3, 2-1 ACC) overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and trailed by six at halftime, but outscored the Seminoles 36-25 in the second half to notch its second win off the week over a top 25 ranked team. (GoHeels.com)

Xylina McDaniel brings optimism, enthusiasm to game

When the North Carolina women’s basketball team started sluggishly, haltingly, in its 79-70 win Tuesday night against N.C. State, forward Xylina McDaniel told her teammates to keep their heads up — push through the turnovers, the fruitless offensive possessions. That’s what an upperclassman should say, McDaniel said. Except she’s not an upperclassman, merely a sophomore. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heel Women Take Down Wolfpack, 79-70

Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 20 North Carolina State 79-70 on Thursday night. Xylina McDaniel added 15 points for the Tar Heels (13-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a 24-2 run late in the first half to take control after an early 10-point deficit. Jessica Washington added 10 points to give Carolina three players in double figures. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC women continue on despite Hatchell's absence

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women's assistant basketball coaches Billy Lee and Ivory Latta talk about the Tar Heels' season and the continuing improvement of head coach Sylvia Hatchell. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Women Drop Conference Opener To Maryland, 79-70

Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland beat No. 10 North Carolina 79-70 on Sunday in the Terrapins' final ACC opener. With Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell watching from a sideline television platform, UNC had its seven-game win streak snapped. Hatchell has been out all year while she receives treatment for leukemia. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel women eke out win over James Madison

Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and No. 10 North Carolina held on to beat James Madison 74-71 on Thursday. Latifah Coleman added 14 points and Stephanie Mavunga had 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tar Heels (12-2) win their seventh straight. With Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell watching from a high sideline platform, North Carolina shot 45.6 percent and let most of a 13-point lead disappear. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina Men's Basketball Holds Steady at No. 19, Women Stay in Top Ten

North Carolina men’s basketball remains locked in at No. 19 in the latest AP poll released Monday. Following the Tar Heels’ sloppy win against Northern Kentucky, there was no upward movement for the 9-3 squad nationally. As for the women, the Tar Heels are again holding steady at No. 10 in the AP poll with their 11-2 record. (Chapelboro.com)

Sylvia Hatchell fights leukemia, hopes to coach this year

Sylvia Hatchell is fighting to get back to her North Carolina women's basketball program as quickly as possible. The recently-inducted Naismith Hall of Fame coach has been away from sideline duties since October while receiving treatment for leukemia. She spent a month in the hospital for the first round of chemotherapy with more ahead as she holds out hope of getting back by tournament time. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell keeping strength during cancer treatment

Sylvia Hatchell's initial round of cancer treatment lasted about four weeks. Now, with one consolidation treatment completed, she has three more to go, mostly as a precautionary measure, she says. From the time she went into the hospital, she only weighs eight pounds less right now. There are days she says she feels as good as she did before she went in. Now, it's just a waiting game. (FOX Sports)

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