Countdown to #ACCTipoff: North Carolina Tar Heels
Tuesday November 5, 2013
- • The team opens the season with head coach Sylvia Hatchell on a temporary leave from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities due to a recent diagnosis of leukemia. (Complete release)
- • North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September as part of the 12-member class of 2013. She is the winningest active coach in Division I women's basketball with 908 career victories, and just the third women's coach to reach 900 wins.
- • UNC returns seven letterwinners from the 2012-13 club that posted a 29-7 record and made the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in program history. However, the Tar Heels will not have a single senior on the 13-person roster.
- • This season's squad figures to be one of the youngest in program history with no seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and six freshman (two red-shirts).
- • The four true freshmen make up the No. 1-rated recruiting class of 2013. Diamond DeShields, Allisha Gray and Jessica Washington are all five-star prospects according to ESPN HoopGurlz, and Stephanie Mavunga is a four-star. All four are among the top-25 players in the class.
- • DeShields is the third overall prospect in the class, and the No. 1 ranked wing player.
- • Gray is No. 7 overall; No. 4 guard
- • Washington is No. 14. overall; No. 2 point guard
- • Mavunga is No. 23 overall; No. 7 forward
- • Xylina McDaniel was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2012-13 after averaging 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She is one of two returning starters for the Tar Heels, along with junior guard Brittany Rountree.
- • UNC has pieced together a very competitive nonconference schedule this year with games against Tennessee, UCLA, Arizona State, Illinois, Nebraska and South Carolina. The Nov. 11 meeting with the Lady Vols is on ESPN2 and marks the first time UT has played at Carmichael Arena since the 2006-07 campaign.
- • The 29 wins last year was the most by the program since a 33-3 record during the 2007-08 season. It also marked the 24th UNC season with at least 20 victories and its 19th under the direction of Hatchell.