CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Ivory Latta has total confidence in her shot.
Latta scored a game-high 21 points, including four
three-pointers in the first 6:58 of the game, as North Carolina
beat Miami 90-57 on Monday night. Latta's early scoring spree
enabled the Tar Heels to open a 22-6 lead and were never threatened
in the second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season for both
"The coaches were getting on me because I was passing the ball
too much," Latta said. "[The Hurricanes] were playing a zone, and
I was confident I would make my shots."
Reserve Alex Miller replaced Latta after the Tar Heels' quick
spurt and connected on three three-pointers to help North Carolina
(15-0, 2-0) increase its advantage to 35-11 with 9:06 remaining in
the first half. Miller finished with 12 points.
"I'm not crazy about us taking so many threes, but when you are
open and keep making them, you accept it," North Carolina coach
Sylvia Hatchell said. "Any time you get an ACC win on the road,
North Carolina made 10 three-pointers in the first half and led
50-23. The Tar Heels finished with 13, one short of the school
record set against Navy in 1991.
"That was a killer, they put us on our heels and made it
difficult for us," Miami coach Katie Meier said of the Tar Heels'
Erlana Larkins, of neighboring Riviera Beach, was the third Tar
Heels player to finish in double figures. Larkins, who had dozens
of family and friends in the stands, scored 10 points.
Melissa Knight led Miami (11-3, 1-1) with 14 points.
Tamara James, the ACC's leading scorer at 21 points per game,
was held scoreless until her short jumper 53 seconds into the
second half. She finished with 11 points.
"We changed defenses a lot and tried to keep people off
balance," Hatchell said.
The victory was North Carolina's ninth by a margin of 30 points
or better. The Tar Heels also have four victories surpassing
"This team has a lot of potential and they are receptive to
what we are teaching," said Hatchell, who now has 699 victories in
her 31-year coaching career.