From the moment they all committed to North Carolina a year and a half ago, the women's basketball world has been abuzz. And a month into their college careers, the Tar Heels freshmen are coming through on the court.
UCLA wanted to end its season in North Carolina, just not this Saturday. After two overtimes, the Bruins defeated defending champion UNC 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals to advance to next week's College Cup in Cary, N.C.
Duke's Erin Mathias and UNC's Jamie Cherry were so eager to join the basketball craze in North Carolina's Triangle that they committed as high school freshmen. With NC State luring top recruits as well, the area is seeing an influx of talent.
Virginia became the imperfect favorite after cracking open the College Cup door for other teams to slip through after its loss in the ACC tournament. Here's what you need to know about the teams and players to keep an eye on.
In a game featuring two of the country's top freshman classes, Tennessee's more experienced players made the biggest impact, leading the Lady Vols past North Carolina in a sometimes sloppy 81-65 victory.