/* Style Definitions */
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory as the 11th-ranked Tar Heels whipped the Boston College Eagles 80-52 on Feb. 7. Hatchell becomes the third women’s basketball coach in NCAA history to reach the 900-win plateau.
Hatchell will pass Jody Conradt (900 victories) and move into second place on the all-time wins list with her next victory, behind only Pat Summitt (1,095 wins). Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer needs just two more wins to become the fourth member of the exclusive club.
Stringer could join the 900 –win club on Feb. 12, in Chicago when the Scarlet Knights play DePaul. Rutgers is home against Cincinnati on Feb. 9, and at Connecticut on Feb. 16.
Following the game, Summitt released a statement congratulating Hatchell for reaching the milestone.
"Sylvia has been one of the great ambassadors of the women's game, and it is so pleasing to see her reach the 900-win milestone in her career," Summit said in a statement released after the victory. "I wish her all the best as she continues to build on her truly amazing career!"
Hatchell, 60, is 900-317 in 38 seasons overall and 628-237 in 27 seasons at UNC. She was 270-80 in 11 seasons at Francis Marion.
Hatchell, who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004, has won 20 or more games in 29 seasons (including 2012-13). She has also led the Tar Heels to eight ACC titles and one national championship (1994). Hatchell is the only coach to win an AIAW, NAIA and NCAA national title.
Freshman Xylina McDaniel led the way for UNC (21-3, 9-2 ACC) with 15 points and seven rebounds. McDaniel shot 7-of-10 from the floor. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (14 points, six rebounds and six assists), Krista Gross (12 points and eight rebounds) and Morgan Buckland (10 points, three assists and four steals) also scored in double figures for the Tar Heels.
UNC shot 50 percent (28-56) from the floor and was 17-of-20 (85 percent) from the charity stripe. The Tar Heels also outrebounded the Eagles 39-20, including 13-4 on the offensive boards.
Boston College (9-13, 3-8 ACC) kept the game close most of the first half. Katie Zenevitch got the Eagles on the board first, knocking down one-of-two free throws. The game then went back and forth until the 7:34 mark of the first half.
With the score tied at 13-13, UNC closed the half on a 17-6 run to take a 30-19 halftime lead. The Tar Heels opened the second half on a 29-15 run and coasted the rest of the way.
Nicole Boudreau scored a game-high 16 points to lead Boston College while Kristen Doherty added 13 points and seven rebounds. The Eagles have lost six of their past seven games.
Other UNC notes:
- Three Tar Heel 2013 signees were named participants in the 2013 WBCA High School All-American game in New Orleans, which will take place on April 6. Diamond DeShields (Norcross, Ga./ Norcross), Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg, Ind./ Brownsburg) and Jessica Washington (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) are the three recruits named All-Americans. Another 2013 North Carolina signee Allisha Gray (Sandersville, Ga./ Washington County) was named a WBCA All-American honorable mention.
- The Tar Heels are currently ranked 16th in the AP Poll and are in third place in the ACC. They are a half-game behind seventh-ranked Maryland (18-3, 9-1) and 1.5 games behind fourth-ranked Duke (20-1, 10-0).
- UNC has seven games remaining in the regular season (three home, four away). The Tar Heels will host Wake Forest, N.C. State and Boston College. They will travel to Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Duke.