It has been an up and down season for the Lady Tar Heels this campaign. They have looked impressive at times and flat other times and have had peaks and valleys.
Their position at this time is a prime example of their ups and downs. After losing to Georgia Tech on Sunday, they fell out of the top 25 rankings and are presently on a three game losing streak, much like a 3 game losing skid in mid-January. It appeared as though they had turned a corner going on a 5 game winning streak, but that streak has now been sandwiched in between the two losing streaks.
During their winning streak, the Tar Heels had impressive wins at N.C. State, at Wake Forest and at home against Virginia. In the most recent losing streak, Carolina fell by 40 points to rival, Duke and were only able to muster 37 points in a loss to Miami.
With 4 games remaining going into the ACC Tournament, the Lady Tar Heels would love to finish strong and go into the tournament with 20 wins. And, certainly, they have circled the last game of the season where they will host Duke and hope to exercise a little revenge for the thumping they took in Durham.
The Heels have been led all season by Chay Shegog who is the only double figure scorer averaging 16.1 points per game. She has also brought down 7.4 rebounds per game. Laura Broomfield has been exceptional on the boards averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. Krista Gross is pulling down 7 boards a game as well. The Tar Heels have out rebounded their opponents this season by a margin of 130, +5.2.
Defense has been a staple as well as North Carolina has held their opponents to 35 percent from the floor per game.
After Shegog, Carolina has 7 scorers between the average of 6.5 and 8.6 points per game, so they offer a good bit of balance on the floor.
Both Shegog, Laura Broomfield and She'la White are all seniors. They will have many experienced players returning next season. But for these seniors and this squad, there is still some work to be done. They are currently 17-8 overall, 7-5 in the conference and games remaining with Florida State, N.C. State, Maryland and Duke before the ACC Tourney. This team hopes to finish strong and enter March Madness playing their best basketball.
(Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Camarati, UNC Athletic Communications)