G. Washington 56

(28-4, 14-0 A 10)

North Carolina 70

(33-3, 12-3 ACC)

    9:00 PM ET, March 25, 2007

    1 2 T
    GW 24 3256
    UNC 38 3270

    Top Performers

    George Washington: S. Lawrence 23 Pts, 3 Reb

    North Carolina: L. Pringle 16 Pts, 15 Reb

    Latta the main focus of George Washington's defense

    DALLAS (AP) -- North Carolina guard Ivory Latta is used to seeing defenses scheme to stop her.

    If George Washington coach Joe McKeown had his way, he'd like to bend the rules a bit to stop the All-American when his team meets the top-seeded Tar Heels (32-3) in the regional semifinals Sunday night (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET).

    "We're going to have to come up with a lot of different ways to contain her,'' McKeown said. "We might try to put six players out there and see if the referees catch us. She's just terrific.''

    Latta, North Carolina's career leading scorer, has been slowed in tournament wins over Prairie View and Notre Dame. She is averaging 15 points per contest on 8-of-22 shooting.

    But Latta has learned to become more reliant on her teammates when teams try to take her out of the game.

    "I'm used to this and my teammates have picked up on it,'' Latta said. "They've done a great job getting open. I think George Washington will throw something different at us. We'll be prepared for it.''

    Fifth-seeded George Washington (28-3) has leaned heavily on a defense yielding just 55 points per game this season.

    The Colonials successfully slowed the pace in a 59-47 second-round victory over Texas A&M on Monday.

    McKeown knows the Colonials will have to control the tempo against a North Carolina team that scores 85 per game and outscores opponents by an average of more than 30 points.

    "I think this time of year you try to do a lot of things that got you to this game,'' McKeown said. "But at the same time you realize they're a little bit different. You try to run with them for 40 minutes and you're going to have a one-way pass out of town.''

    Notre Dame slowed things in a second-round matchup Tuesday against North Carolina. But the Tar Heels were able to grind out a 60-51 victory to advance to the round of 16 for the third straight year.

    "We're going to play a lot of people and go up and down the floor,'' Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "That's how we like to play. The Notre Dame game prepared us well for GW. They threw a lot of things at us. It was a good game for us going into this one.''

    North Carolina and George Washington have some familiarity with each other. The Tar Heels beat George Washington 71-47 in the second round of the 2005 tourney -- McKeown jokingly said he "took amnesia pills on that one.''

    The game George Washington players mention is when the fifth-seeded Colonials upset the top-seeded Tar Heels in the 1997 regional semifinals.

    In order to pull off the same upset, McKeown has tried to motivate his team by telling them no one expects them to pull off a '97 repeat.

    "We are used to being that overlooked team so it is not going to bother us,'' George Washington forward Kenan Cole said. "Coming to the NCAA tournament has given us a great opportunity to show just how talented we are.''

    North Carolina has shown how dangerous it is the past two years, but fallen short of winning the title.

    The Tar Heels played in the Final Four last season where they lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion Maryland. In 2005 North Carolina was beaten in the regional finals by Baylor, which also went on to the win the national title.

    "Having not won a national championship motivates me a lot,'' Latta said. "I think we're on a roll right now. We just need to keep our focus and play with intensity, and we'll get back to the Final Four.''


    Gameday Matchup

    Avg Points67.585.5
    Avg Points Allowed55.055.1
    Home Record16-121-1
    Road Record10-29-2
    Current StreakL1W3

    School Info

    Conference Atlantic 10 ACC
    Nickname Colonials Tar Heels
    Type Private Public


    » Mar 25, 2007 @UNC 70, GW 56Recap | Box Score

    Starting Lineup

    GW (PPG)
    UNC (PPG)
    NA  K. Cole NA  C. Little
    NA  W. Allen NA  L. Pringle
    C  J. Adair G  R. Mccants
    NA  K. Beck NA  I. Latta
    NA  S. Lawrence NA  E. Larkins