UNC women travel to play ODU

ODU opened season ranked in top 20 but has lost twice recently.

Tipoff: UNC (6-1) at Old Dominion (2-2), Dec. 2

The 24th-ranked University of North Carolina women's basketball team (6-1) travels to face 17th-ranked Old Dominion (2-2) on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

Carolina's next home game is its Atlantic Coast Conference opener, Dec. 5 vs. Wake Forest. Tipoff at Carmichael Auditorium is 7 p.m.

On the air
The UNC-Old Dominion game will be broadcast live on radio by the Tar Heel Radio Network. The flagship station is 1360-AM WCHL. Stephen Gates is Carolina's play-by-play announcer. The game action also is available on the internet at www.TarHeelBlue.com.

Quick facts on UNC
2001-02 Record 6-1
Current Rankings 24th AP, 24th USAToday/ ESPN
Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell (Carson-Newman, 1974)
Career Record 582-241 (in her 27th season)
Record at UNC 310-161 (in her 16th season)
Assistant Head Coach Andrew Calder
Assistant Coaches Tracey Williams, Sylvia Crawley
Team captains Coretta Brown, Courtney Chambers, Jennifer Thomas

News of note
  • UNC moved into the national rankings this week and currently sits at No. 24 in both polls.
  • The Tar Heels have scored 100 or more points in three of their last four games.
  • Old Dominion leads the series with UNC 11-3, including a 91-77 win last year in Chapel Hill. UNC has never won a matchup played at ODU.

    UNC's statistical leaders
    Scoring: Coretta Brown, Nikki Teasley (15.7 points per game)
    Rebounding: Chrystal Baptist (8.4 per game)
    Assists: Leah Metcalf (6.1 per game)
    Steals: Nikita Bell (3.0 per game)
    Blocks: Candace Sutton (1.7 per game)
    Field goal percentage: Kenya McBee (60.9)
    Three-point percentage (min. 1 per game): Leah Metcalf, Nikki Teasley (41.2)
    Free throw percentage (min. 1 per game): Nikki Teasley (83.3)
    Minutes per game: Coretta Brown (29.6 per game)

    Scouting the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs
    Old Dominion, a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference, is 2-2 on the season and ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll, 19th in the USAToday/ESPN coaches' poll.

    Coached by Wendy Larry, the Lady Monarchs are coming off a 74-58 loss at NC State on Monday, Nov. 26. ODU opened the season with an 82-26 win over Towson on Nov. 16 and defeated Virginia Commonwealth 70-51 on the road on Nov. 23. Both those wins were Colonial Athletic Conference games.

    The season's other loss was at Virginia Tech, 68-62 on Nov. 19.

    Junior guard Okeisha Howard leads the team with 16.5 points per game. Senior forward Hamchetou Maiga averages 9.3 per game sophomore and Monique Coker adds 9.0 off the bench.

    ODU's leading rebounder is senior forward Lucienne Berthieu with 7.3 per game. Berthieu, the Preseason CAA Player of the Year, sat out last season with a knee injury.

    The North Carolina-Old Dominion series
    UNC and Old Dominion have met 14 times, with ODU winning 11 of the games. The Lady Monarchs won the most recent meeting, 91-77 on Nov. 25, 2000, in Chapel Hill. Playing at the Dean E. Smith Center, freshman center Corrina Turner led ODU with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Lady Monarchs were Hamchetou Maiga (17 points), Sharron Francis (15) and Alli Spence (13). ODU shot .507 from the field, while UNC managed .429 in falling to 2-2 on the season. Old Dominion won the rebounding war 47-33 and grabbed 22 offensive rebounds.

    LaQuanda Barksdale led UNC with 27 points and eight rebounds, while Coretta Brown added 14 points and Leah Sharp 13.

    UNC was up by 12, 25-13, midway through the first half before ODU used a 20-3 run to take a 33-28 lead. The Lady Monarchs led 42-39 at halftime and maintained an advantage throughout the second half.

    North Carolina's last win in the series came in the previous meeting, when the Tar Heels won a second-round NCAA Tournament game 63-52 at Carmichael Auditorium on March 20, 1994.

    The Lady Monarchs won 10 consecutive matchups with UNC between 1977 and 1987. Carolina has never defeated ODU on the Lady Monarchs' home court.

    Tar Heels move into the polls
    Following a 5-1 start to the season, North Carolina moved into both national polls at No. 24. The Tar Heels had not been ranked since the start of the 2000-01 season, when an opening-game loss at Buffalo knocked them out of both polls.

    UNC in the polls this season:

      Associated Press    USAToday/ESPN Coaches Poll
      Preseason - NR    Preseason - NR
      Nov. 12 - NR      Nov. 12 - NR
      Nov. 19 - NR      Nov. 19 - NR
      Nov. 26 - 24th    Nov. 26th- 24th
    Balance in the ranks
    Three times in this season's first six games, the final box score has shown six UNC players in double figures. In wins over Evansville, Western Carolina and Howard, nearly half of the 13-member team scored between 10 and 23 points. Prior to this season, the Tar Heels had not seen six in double digits since the end of the 1999-2000 season, when four starters and two subs hit that mark in a 73-64 upset of No. 9 Duke on Feb. 27, 2000.

    Last time out for UNC
    Nov. 28: North Carolina 102, Kentucky 64

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C.'With its score hitting the 100-point mark for the third time in the last four games, UNC improved to 6-1 with a 102-64 win over Kentucky (2-2) Wednesday night at Carmichael Auditorium.

    Tar Heel senior Nikki Teasley led all scorers with 21 points, 16 of them in the first half. She was 7-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-5 from three-point range, and added four assists, two steals and two turnovers in 25 minutes of play. Also in double figures for the Tar Heels were sophomore center Candace Sutton (12 points), junior guard Coretta Brown (12 ) and freshman forward Nikita Bell (11). Sophomore forward Chrystal Baptist led UNC in rebounds with nine. Freshman Keiko Tate came off the bench to lead Kentucky with 13 points. Also in double figures were sophomore SeSe Helm (12 points) and freshman Sara Potts (11).

    UNC quickly took control of the game, capitalizing on 22 first-half Kentucky turnovers to stretch its lead to 58-19 at halftime. The Tar Heels shot 56.8 percent from the floor in the first half and hit 7 of 11 three-point attempts.

    "UNC executed well and took advantage of our turnovers (in the first half)," Kentucky coach Bernadette Mattox said. "I was happy with the way our players came out in the second half. We were patient, took our time and didn't turn the ball over."

    The Wildcats came out of halftime with an 8-0 run and shot 47.1 from the field in the second half, up from 30.8 in the first.

    The Tar Heels got 41 points from their bench, including Bell's 11 and eight points from freshman Kenya McBee, who was 3-for-4 from the field.

    "This was another great team effort," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "I thought we did some nice things defensively, created a lot of turnovers and got some offense from our defense. We're showing good balance and good depth, playing a lot of people and having them play well together."

    Metcalf off and running
    Freshman guard Leah Metcalf is the fastest player on UNC's roster, so perhaps the speed at which she has adjusted to the college game should come as no surprise. After the first three games of her college career, Metcalf was named ACC Player of the Week and also earned a spot on the six-member Preseason WNIT All-Tournament team. Metcalf, a former North Carolina high school state champion in the 100-meter dash, ranks second on the UNC team in scoring with 14.0 points per game. The 5-7 point guard from Charlotte is shooting 41.2 percent (14-34) from three-point range and hit five threes in the games against Evansville and Connecticut.. She leads UNC and ranks second in the ACC in assists with an average of 6.1 per game.

    2001-02 Awards and honors
    Leah Metcalf

  • Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team
  • ACC Player of the Week (Nov. 19)
  • Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year Nikki Teasley
  • MVP of Winthrop Lady Eagle Classic
  • Preseason All-ACC Coretta Brown
  • Winthrop Lady Eagle Classic All-Tournament Team
  • Preseason All-ACC Candace Sutton
  • Winthrop Lady Eagle Classic All-Tournament Team

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