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Final OT

(5) North Carolina 88

(12-0, 3-0 away)

Old Dominion 80

(2-6, 1-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 29, 2005

    1 2 OT T
    #5UNC 37 35 1688
    ODU 40 32 880

    Latta scores 33 as Carolina holds off ODU upset bid

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- No. 5 North Carolina had to work to remain unbeaten.

    Ivory Latta scored nine of her 33 points in overtime to lead the Tar Heels to an 88-80 victory over Old Dominion.

    The Monarchs (2-6) led until 4:22 was left in regulation thanks to a smothering defense and some hard work on the boards.

    Camille Little of North Carolina (12-0) hit a free throw to tie it at 72 with 20 seconds left but missed the second. Latta missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the game went into overtime.

    "When we went into overtime, I said 'Yes, we're going to win it," Old Dominion forward Tish Lyons said. "But things turned out differently. Still, I think it's amazing to do that."

    Lyons had 20 points and Shantel Wilson had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Monarchs.

    Old Dominion outrebounded the Tar Heels 50-41 and forced them into 20 turnovers, including 16 steals.

    "For us to win today was to get to the free throw line and rebound," Wilson said.

    After shooting 40 percent from the free throw line last week against Florida International, the Monarchs hit 63 percent against the Tar Heels.

    "North Carolina, on the bus ride home, will feel like they were in a war," Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry said. "I hope they do."

    The Tar Heels trailed most of the game, but Latta had 13 points in the second half and then scored North Carolina's last six points.

    Erlana Larkins had 18 points and Little added 14 for the Tar Heels.

    "We got a couple of steals and we got a couple rebounds. That made the difference," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said.

    The Monarchs face No. 1 Tennessee on Monday.

    "The way we played tonight, we can go down there and compete," Lyons said.

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