Nov. 2, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 2005-06 North Carolina women's basketball team will take the court for the first time on Thursday night, hosting EA Sports Premier Players for an exhibition game. Tipoff at Carmichael Auditorium is 7 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.
This year's Tar Heel squad includes four starters and a total of eight letterwinners from the 2004-05 team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and reached the NCAA Elite Eight before finishing the season 30-4. Returning starters are senior La'Tangela Atkinson, juniors Ivory Latta and Camille Little, and sophomore Erlana Larkins. Other returning letterwinners are senior Jennifer Nelms and Jessica Sell and sophomores Alex Miller and LaToya Pringle.
Six newcomers will make their Carolina debuts on Thursday. The five-member freshman class is made up of Heather Claytor (Grottoes, Va.), Christina Dewitt (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Rashanda McCants (Asheville, N.C.), Iman McFarland (Temple Hills, Md.) and Martina Wood (Charlotte, N.C.). Also in uniform for the first time will be sophomore Meghan Austin, who redshirted last season after transferring to UNC from Lafayette College.
The 13-member EA Sports roster includes two former ACC players, Georgia Tech's Fallon Stokes and NC State's Terah James. The rest of the squad is made up of Sancho Lyttle (Houston), Rebecca Richman (Rutgers), Ebony Tanner (Richmond), Courtney McDaniel (Tennessee), Shanika Freeman (Jackson State), Brittany Jackson (Tennessee), Tamia Williams (Florida), Katie Bulger (West Virginia), Jess Strom (Penn State), Yolanda Paige (West Virginia) and Anedra Gilmore (South Florida). The squad plays at Duke Wednesday night and also will face five other ACC teams: FSU, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia and NC State.
After Thursday, the Tar Heels will play one more exhibition, on Tuesday against Athletes in Action. The season opens at home on Nov. 18, when the Davidson Wildcats visit.
Junior Ivory Latta