Carolina opens Atlantic Coast Conference play on Jan. 2 against Georgia Tech in Atlanta then hosts NC State on Jan. 5 in a game that will air regionally as part of the ACC's television package, which includes Comcast Sports Net, Fox Sports Net South and Sunshine Network. Also televised by those networks will be games at Maryland (Jan. 27), against Georgia Tech (Feb. 2), at NC State (Feb. 7), at Wake Forest (Feb. 9), and at Duke (Feb. 20). Games against Duke (Jan. 20) and at Virginia (March 2) will be televised nationally by ESPN2. The Feb. 16 home game against Clemson will air on Fox Sports Net.
Over the Thanksgiving break from classes, Carolina will play in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Also in the tournament field are defending national champion Connecticut, NCAA runner-up Oklahoma, Denver, DePaul, Fordham, Gonzaga and host Hawaii. UNC last played in the tournament during the 1998-99 season, when it came away with a 2-1 mark.
UNC finished the 2001-02 season with a record of 26-9 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the eighth time in the last 10 years. The Tar Heels, ranked No. 11 in last year's final coaches' poll and 16th in the final Associated Press poll, return 12 letterwinners--including four starters-- and have added two freshmen for the coming season. Coach Sylvia Hatchell heads into her 17th season at UNC with a record of 330-169. She is 602-249 in 27 seasons as a head coach.
Day Date Opponent Location TV Outcome/Time Fri 11/22/2002 Davidson Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Sun 11/24/2002 East Tenn St Chapel Hill 2:00 PM Fri 11/29/2002 Rainbow Wahine Classic Honolulu. Hawaii TBA Sat 11/30/2002 Rainbow Wahine Classic Honolulu, Hawaii TBA Sun 12/01/2002 Rainbow Wahine Classic Honolulu, Hawaii TBA Thu 12/05/2002 Appalachian St. Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Sun 12/08/2002 Old Dominion Chapel Hill 2:00 PM Tue 12/17/2002 Elon Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Fri 12/20/2002 South Carolina Myrtle Beach, S.C. 9:00 PM Sun 12/29/2002 Charleston Southern Chapel Hill 2:00 PM Tue 12/31/2002 American Chapel Hill 2:00 PM Thu 01/02/2003 Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. 7:00 PM Sun 01/05/2003 NC State Chapel Hill RSN 1:00 PM Thu 01/09/2003 Wake Forest Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Sun 01/12/2003 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. 2:00 PM Thu 01/16/2003 Clemson Clemson, S.C. 7:00 PM Mon 01/20/2003 Duke Chapel Hill ESPN2 12:00 PM Thu 01/23/2003 Western Michigan Kalamazoo, Mich. 7:00 PM Mon 01/27/2003 Maryland College Park, Md. RSN 7:00 PM Thu 01/30/2003 Virginia Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Sun 02/02/2003 Georgia Tech Chapel Hill RSN 1:00 PM Fri 02/07/2003 NC State Raleigh, N.C. RSN 7:00 PM Sun 02/09/2003 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. RSN 1:00 PM Thu 02/13/2003 Florida State Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Sun 02/16/2003 Clemson Chapel Hill Fox Sports Net 5:30 PM Thu 02/20/2003 Duke Durham, N.C. RSN 7:00 PM Mon 02/24/2003 Coastal Carolina Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Thu 02/27/2003 Maryland Chapel Hill 7:00 PM Sun 03/02/2003 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ESPN2 2:00 PM