Women's Hoops Notes

Women's Update

Cook going elsewhere - Leslie Cook from High Point Central has changed her mind and recanted her verbal commitment to UNC. The 2002 target is a stellar three point shooter for the 2-A State Champion Bison squad.

Cook had previously narrowed her choices to UNCC, Furman and UNC. Along with fellow HP Central senior Kristen Obie, she has decided to attend UNCC.

Lea, Hairston out of shape - Cherie Lea, the former UNC guard who is transferring to UNC-W, has admitted the reason for her removal from the squad was due to poor conditioning.

The Burlington Times-News spoke with Lea and she said she failed to meet the required mile time and was informed that her scholarship would not be renewed. Lea also said Joy Hairston failed to meet the mile time as well.

Hairston will transfer to Louisburg and will be able to play immediately.

UNC's spokeman Dana Gelin told the paper it was more complex than just the mile time but did indicate it was conditioning related.

"I was upset, but at the same time, I knew what was going to happen," Lea said. "I was kind of upset with myself more than anything," she told the Burlington Times-News.

Lea will join former UNC assistant Ann Hancock at UNCW, sitting out the 2001-2002 season.

Speedy - Do the dismissals of Lea and Hairston mean that the Heels will go back to playing at a faster pace?

Fans haven't seen much of the fastbreak offense and the tenacious trapping defense that the Heels have run with much success. Moves like this lend itself to a return to that.

With Nikki Teasley moved to the two guard spot and Coretta Brown running the point, Carolina has a devastating guard attack. They can push the ball with ease, are both a threat to score and are great on the ball defenders.

With post players like Candice Sutton, Chrystal Baptist and Jennifer Thomas, the Heels have a mobile unit in the paint.

So expect the Heels to run and defend with more intensity in 2001-2002.

5/8 - Many fans have asked if the 5/8 rule that affects the men's teams applies to women's teams.

The answer is no, it doesn't. Women's basketball doesn't have the same transfer or going pro problems as men's hoop. The WNBA does not allow players to be draft eligible unless their entering college class has graduated. So technically, a player who red-shirts could leave after their junior year.

Virginia sophomore Schuye LaRue left after this season to play overseas. She was 4th team All-American selection, first team All-ACC selection and lead the ACC in scoring and finishing second in rebounding.

LaRue is the first player to leave college early who has the potential to play in the WNBA.


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