Coast Carolina 41

(3-2, 1-2 away)

(6) North Carolina 98

(10-0, 8-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, December 17, 2005

    1 2 T
    CCAR 18 2341
    #6UNC 57 4198

    Claytor's six 3-pointers pace Tar Heels' rout

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 6 North Carolina needed less than two hours Saturday to overwhelm Coastal Carolina. For veteran Coastal Carolina coach Alan LeForce, it really only took a fraction of that time.

    "I looked up at the start and we were down 18-2. That was it," LeForce said. "They just jumped on us early and we never recovered."

    Twelve different Tar Heels scored in the 98-41 victory, and combined to make 38 of 65 shots from the field (58.5 percent), including 10-of-19 shooting on 3-pointers. North Carolina led by 60 with about 10 minutes to play.

    "I kept thinking we'd settle down and get in the game, but we never did," LeForce said. "We were just terrible. I'm embarrassed for our players. We're a better team than we showed today."

    North Carolina freshman Heather Claytor came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers for 18 points. La'Tangela Atkinson was 6-for-6 from the field and Camille Little 5-for-5 for 13 and 11 points, respectively. Ivory Latta added 12 points and eight assists.

    "We've got a lot of people who can shoot, and you've got to guard them all," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "You can't double-team anybody."

    Off to its best start since the 1994-95 season, North Carolina (10-0) hit baskets from all over the court to take its 25th straight win at home and set season highs for points and winning margin.

    "We played a lot of people," Hatchell said. "When I put them in, I tell them I expect them to get in there to keep things going. We like the up tempo."

    Kim Turner led Coastal Carolina (3-2) with 13 points. But Coastal Carolina simply couldn't keep pace.

    "This is the best team, offensively, she (Hatchell) has ever had here," LeForce said. "If you play them man-to-man, they get mismatches on you at almost every position and just post up. If you zone them, they just hit you with that inside-out game."

    Claytor was among North Carolina's first substitutes six minutes into the game and had three 3-pointers by halftime.

    "If I don't shoot, I get yelled at, so I just shoot as soon as I get open," Claytor said. "You always want to show what you can do when you get in there. You hope you'll get called on for big situations."

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