Let's hear it for the Heels

Well, I was wrong about North Carolina's matchup with UConn ... and am happy to be wrong. This is not to say anything against UConn. It's just a simple fact that, right now, it is certainly a positive thing for women's hoops to have the dynasty get rattled a little.

In any sport, it takes the "great" programs like UConn to create the possibility of big, newsworthy upsets. If UConn wasn't such a giant, topping the Huskies wouldn't mean as much.

And this was a big win for the ACC, which has been the Duke Show nationally for the last few years.

Honestly, North Carolina should have won this game against UConn. The Tar Heels are quick, talented and have good experience. UConn has to find its post-Diana Taurasi era leader, get comfortable at point guard and break in its freshmen.

This was all evident going into the game, that the door was open for the Tar Heels. Yet I had my doubts about Carolina and confidence in UConn for an obvious reason -- this early in the season, you pretty much have to go on history.

Now the Tar Heels will need to build on this. They had five players who scored in double figures -- but shot just 40 percent from the field. For a team with the ability to get to the rim like Carolina has, that's not good enough. Yes, it did the job against UConn, but the Heels will need to improve on that or they'll beat themselves in games down the road.

But ... for Sunday, kudos to Carolina. And while UConn and its fans might be grimacing, remember ... it's just November.

  • While we're passing out compliments, let's give one to Jacqueline Batteast, who was mighty impressive in every phase of the game as Notre Dame beat Ohio State on Saturday for the Preseason WNIT title. Batteast really looked like an All-American in that game.

  • Is Georgia beating Texas really much of an upset? No, not so much. Georgia was the "overlooked" team coming into this season -- mostly because so much focus has been on fellow SEC schools Tennessee and LSU. But Georgia showed Sunday there are three particularly big dogs in the SEC ... although we don't want to forget Vandy, either.

    Mechelle Voepel is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage.