Tonight, Carolina plays one of the two toughest games they will play this year, on the road against Connecticut before hosting the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday (you know, the Maryland team that isn’t supposed to suck). Here’s why you should pay attention to the lady Tar Heels, if only for this week:
- Consistency. Most Carolina fans have been somewhat disappointed in the inconsistent play displayed by the men’s team, culminating in a bad home loss to the Terps. You will get no such play from the women’s squad. They average a 30-point margin of victory in their 17-1 campaign, and that include their only loss, a 83-79 thriller against Tennessee in Knoxville.
- Ivory Who? You may think this statement is blasphemy, and for good reason: Ivory Latta may have been the best female player to don a UNC uniform, and easily one of the best point guards in women’s ACC history. But Sylvia Hatchell has managed to fill the shoes of the graduated Latta with three freshman guards: Cetera DeGraffenrie, Italee Lucas, and Rebecca Gray. They have combined to average 24.8 points and 8.5 assists per game.
- Experienced Frontcourt. The two starting seniors, Erlana Larkins and Latoya Pringle, are the core of the frontcourt and the hear tof this both on offense and defense.
- If I told you she was Rashad in drag, you might believe me. I kid, of course, but Junior Rashanda McCants has really come into her own this year. By far the most versatile player on the team, she is #1 on the team in points and steals per game, second in three pointers, third in assists and fourth in rebounds.
Enjoy this week’s games, which have huge Final Four implications.