2023 Women's Gulf Coast Showcase

No. 18 UNC WBB Holds Off Vermont in Gulf Coast Showcase Win

No. 18 UNC WBB Holds Off Vermont in Gulf Coast Showcase Win

North Carolina Women's Basketball advances to Gulf Coast Showcase semifinals after beating Vermont.

Nov 24, 2023 by Joe Harrington

No. 18 North Carolina rallied late and fought off an upset bid at the Gulf Coast Showcase against Vermont on Nov. 24 in Estero Florida. The Tar Heels overcame a poor first half to surge ahead against the Catamounts late in the fourth quarter for a 54-51 win. 

Vermont led at halftime 28-17 and held that second half lead until UNC closed the gap in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels took a 50-49 lead with 1:46 left to play. 

The game came down a out-of-bounds call with 11 seconds to play. The ball was first given to Vermont, which would have given the Catamounts a chance to win. But the call was overturned after a review and UNC was able to hang on to win. 

UNC was led by Deja Kelly, who scored 18 points. 

Emma Utterback scored 18 points for Vermont. 

UNC's path to a possible matchup against No. 5 Iowa in the championship game remained alive, but the Tar Heels will have to beat Kansas State in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. Iowa plays Purdue-Fort Wayne at 7:30 p.m. 

That game and all Gulf Coast Showcase games will stream on FloHoops.

Vermont will play in the fifth-place consolation bracket against Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. 

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Who's Next On The UNC Women's Basketball Schedule?

UNC will play Kansas State at 5 p.m. in the Gulf Coast Showdown semifinals. 

Who's Next On The Vermont Women's Basketball Schedule?

Vermont will play Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. on Nov. 25 in the fifth-place consolation bracket. 

How To Watch The Women's Gulf Coast Showcase

All the games will stream live on FloHoops and the FloSports app. Breaking news, highlights and replays will also be available on both platforms. 

The Women's Gulf Coast Showcase Teams

The teams are: 

  • No. 5 Iowa 
  • Kansas State
  • Western Kentucky 
  • No. 18 North Carolina 
  • Vermont 
  • Florida Gulf Coast 
  • Delaware 
  • Purdue Fort Wayne 

The Women's Gulf Coast Showcase Schedule

Here is the Nov. 24 schedule:

The Women's Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament Bracket

Here’s the tournament bracket. 

When Is The 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament?

Selection Sunday for the NCAA Women’s Tournament is March 17, 2024. The First Four will tip off March 20, with the Round of 64 beginning March 22. 

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