HONOLULU (AP) -- Erlana Larkins showed off North Carolina's
full-court attack, scoring 21 points and adding seven rebounds in
the No. 2 Tar Heels' 99-38 victory over Sacramento State on Friday
in the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
North Carolina (4-0) held the Hornets to only eight second-half
points, outscoring them by 34 after the break in the first-round
game.The 61-point margin broke the tournament record of 59 set in
1987 when Texas beat Northern Arizona 93-34.But it was the most points a team has scored against North
Carolina this season in its first five games."That just shows how great we can play defensively and gets us
ready for tomorrow," Larkins said.North Carolina will play Gonzaga in the semifinals Saturday.
Gonzaga beat No. 21 UCLA 62-57.The Tar Heels had five players score in double digits.In addition to Larkins, Camille Little added 16 points, Ivory
Latta had 14, Heather Claytor 12 and Jessica Breland 11.Kim Sheeny led Sacramento State (1-4) with nine points.Larkins scored six points early to help North Carolina jump out
to a quick 10-5 lead.The Hornets were able to break the Tar Heels full-court press
and make three shots from beyond the arc to take a 13-10 lead, but
then North Carolina went on a 12-0 run.Claytor hit four 3-pointers to lead an offense barrage as North
Carolina built a 27-point lead by halftime, 57-30.The Hornets scored six points from beyond the arc to avoid the
early blowout, but gave up 18 turnovers.After halftime, the Tar Heels came out strong forcing 17 more
turnovers for a total of 35 on the game. The Hornets shot 36
percent from the field.North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said she didn't make major
changes at halftime and that her team wore down the Hornets."We just have good balance," she said.She said she was happy to use her bench as all 11 players
scored.North Carolina also grabbed the rebounding edge 59-24.