UNCW basketball teams open practice in Chapel Hill

The UNCW women's basketball team gathers for its first official practice of the season on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill on Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Tanner Barth/UNCW)

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — UNCW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off their first official day of practice this afternoon, but it was anything but normal for the Seahawks on the hardwood.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the UNCW campus is still closed. That means the basketball teams had to find somewhere else to begin their official practices. With the help of the University of North Carolina the Seahawks are working out in Chapel Hill using the Tar Heels’ facilities. UNCW men’s coach C.B. McGrath spent 14 years as an assistant at UNC.

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The UNCW teams are grateful for the chance to get back out on the court.

“The last two weeks have been very crazy lately,” senior Devontae Cacok said. “Just going all over with the hurricane and stuff like that, but Carolina opening the doors for us and letting us be able to come here and practice, after everything that’s going on for us, it’s just definitely a great opportunity for us.”

Women’s coach Karen Barefoot sees some positives from the experience for her team.

“Just think about all the things that you’re just fortunate to have, and I think for them they got closer as a team, they became sisters,” Barefoot said. “You know our community got affected by it, so we just want to come out on this floor and play for them.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams plan to continue practicing in Chapel Hill for the rest of week.

Classes are scheduled to resume at UNCW Monday.