CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Three first-half fouls didn't derail
The Tar Heel sophomore picked up speed after her third personal
and helped No. 2 North Carolina crush overmatched Winston-Salem
State 83-32 on Sunday.
"I didn't think too much about the three personal fouls,"
McCants said. "I just thought about how we needed to go hard at
them, every time."
For North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell, that meant rebounding.
"We talked with everybody before the game about what we needed
to do, especially rebounding," Hatchell said. "That first half
was not acceptable at all, offensively, defensively or in
With all but two players shorter than 6-foot-0, Winston-Salem
still led in rebounding, 12-11, after the first 12 minutes. But
North Carolina dominated following a talk from Hatchell during a
timeout with 7:30 left in the half, and had a 55-38 rebounding edge
by game's end.
"We had a big plan for Carolina. We thought they would have
some trouble with our zone," Winston-Salem coach Dee Stokes said.
"We can't guard them man-to-man anyway, and it worked for a while.
But they handled it well."
McCants, who had eight points when she picked up her third
personal foul, ended with 16 points, four rebounds and four steals,
to lead five Tar Heels in double figures.
Freshman Jessica Breland came off the bench for 13 points and 10
rebounds. Senior Camille Little had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Erlana Larkins added 12 points and Heather Claytor 10 for North
McCants hit her first four shots, including two 3-pointers, and
had 10 points in the first half.
Shalonda Carter led Winston-Salem (0-1) with 12 points.
Tar Heels point guard Ivory Latta, who has scored in double
figures in 86 games, was nursing a strained hamstring and was held
to seven points in 24 minutes. That marked her first game under 10
points since last Jan. 27 at Wake Forest, where she scored eight.
"We can't blame anything on Ivory," Little said. "We just
didn't come out with the intensity we needed. We did a better job
of that in the second half."
North Carolina led 36-10 at halftime, despite making just 13 of
its first 38 shots (34 percent). The Tar Heels were 18-for-34 (53
percent) in the second half and hit 31 of 72 shots from the field
for the game.
North Carolina used a 23-0 run that bridged halftime to break
open the game and then closed it out with a 23-4 run.
Winston-Salem went scoreless for more than nine minutes before
Carter hit a jumper at 2:43 into the second half with the Rams