Hatchell Nets No. 800 In Tar Heel Win
Jan. 11, 2009
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -Rashanda McCants scored 16 points and second-ranked North Carolina dominated overtime to beat North Carolina State 75-66 and give coach Sylvia Hatchell her 800th career victory on Sunday.
Hatchell became the fourth coach to reach 800 wins, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and C. Vivian Stringer. Hatchell improved to 800-274 in 34 seasons, with 528 of those victories coming in 23 seasons in Chapel Hill.
Bonae Holston scored 19 points to lead N.C. State (8-8, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which was playing its first game since Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow announced she would not return to the team as she continues her long fight against cancer.
Cetera DeGraffenreid also had 16 points for the Tar Heels (16-0, 2-0), who struggled all day with the Wolfpack before scoring on four straight possessions to open the extra period and finally get some breathing room. North Carolina won despite shooting 36 percent, including 2-for-23 from 3-point range.
Yow said earlier this week she would not return to the team after missing the past four games due to an extremely low energy level. The 66-year-old Hall of Famer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. The disease recurred in the 2004-05 season, forcing her to miss two games that year and 16 more two seasons ago.
Regardless, her presence was still felt here. Before the game, fans applauded in support of Yow, while one fan carried a sign that read, "Pull'n 4 the Heels, pray'n for Kay."
By the end of the day, however, the focus was back on Hatchell.
After the win, athletics director Dick Baddour and chancellor Holden Thorp presented Hatchell with a jersey bearing the No. 800. Then came a video montage of highlights and well-wishers, including Summitt, former North Carolina All-American Ivory Latta and men's coach Roy Williams.
"I was about to think it wasn't going to happen there for a while," she said in addressing the home crowd afterward.