Hatchell Fights Leukemia, Hopes To Coach This Year

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Sylvia Hatchell is fighting to return to her North Carolina women's basketball program as quickly as possible.

The recently inducted Naismith Hall of Fame coach has been receiving treatment for leukemia since October. She's holding out hope of recovering from chemotherapy treatments in time to return to the sidelines with her 10th-ranked Tar Heels for the conference tournament.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Hatchell says her motivation is to "get back out there" with her players.

The 61-year-old Hatchell was able to attend Saturday's win against High Point, the first time she watched her Tar Heels play in person this year.

She returns to the hospital Friday for her next five-day round of chemotherapy.