McArver leaves Carolina women's squad

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman guard Mary Hall McArver is no longer a member of the North Carolina women's basketball team, head coach Sylvia Hatchell announced Tuesday. McArver, who is from Gastonia, N.C., decided she would like to focus more of her time on academics.

"I've known Mary Hall and her family for a long time and I think a lot of them," Hatchell said. "Mary Hall did very well in our preseason workouts and had met all her conditioning requirements. I'm disappointed that she won't be playing for our team, but I respect her decision. I know she'll be a great student here, and we all look forward to seeing her at games and around campus."

McArver, who signed with UNC in November of 2002, was a standout player and student at Forestview High School. A three-time conference player of the year and honorable mention All-America, she has been enrolled at Carolina since the second session of summer school and went through the preseason as a part of the team. She decided to leave the team before practice started last Saturday.

"First of all, I love Coach Hatchell and all the assistants, I love every member of the team, and I think the program here is unbelievable," McArver said. "My decision to leave the team has nothing to do with them. It's all about me and my decision that I need to focus on my academics here in college. I felt the most fair way to do this would be to leave the team before the season started."

The Tar Heels play their first exhibition game on Nov. 5 and open the season on Nov. 21 with a home game against St. Francis.

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