No. 2 North Carolina is too much for UNC Greensboro

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- UNC Greensboro's dream turned into a nightmare when it faced North Carolina.

The Spartans missed their first nine shots and the second-ranked Tar Heels scored the first eight points en route to a 103-48 rout Thursday night.

"You stay awake and pray and dream about it all night, how you can play well against the No. 2 team in the country," UNC Greensboro coach Lynn Agee said. "Things don't always turn out the way you want."

Led by Camille Little's 16 points and career-high six assists, five different Tar Heels scored in double figures. They got all the points they needed in taking a 57-15 lead into the break, and then continued to pull away in the second.

"We just dug the hole deeper and deeper," Agee said.

UNC Greensboro's misery was balm for what ailed North Carolina after a long flight Tuesday from Hawaii, where the Tar Heels won the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Tar Heels needed to stretch their legs in anticipation of hosting No. 4 Tennessee on Sunday.

"We're tired," Little said. "A lot of us were talking about being so tired, they were falling asleep during the men's (televised win over Ohio State.)"

North Carolina (7-0) showed little sign of being tired in dominating Greensboro (4-2). Little scored nine points in the game's first 7:32 to help the Tar Heels take a 31-5 lead.

"I was a little concerned about the fatigue factor," North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell said. "But playing three games in three days helped us to get ready. We scored more fast-break points in the third game than we did the first two days."

UNC Greensboro missed 15 open shots in the first half, Agee said.

"If we could have hit some of those open shots, maybe we could have relaxed some and played some basketball," Agee said.

Things got worse as two of UNC Greensboro's front-court players, Meghan Chamberlain and Agne Gistautaite, went down with injuries 3:27 apart in the second half and did not return to play. Chamberlain has a history of back problems and Gistautaite had ice on her right knee the rest of the game.

"I'm scared to death," Agee said. "If we lose those two, then that's the season. We'll have to rethink everything."

The Spartans never got closer in the second half than 69-30. After that North Carolina went on a 20-3 run.

Heather Claytor came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers. Her last, with 1:20 to play, gave North Carolina a 101-46 lead. North Carolina scored more than 100 points for the second time this year, as many times as all of last season, and had its most points since a 106-40 win over East Tennessee State on Nov. 24, 2002.

Claytor ended up with 11 points. LaToya Pringle had 15, Jessica Breland 12 and Christina Dewitt 10 for North Carolina.

Jasmine Byrd hit four of nine 3-point tries and led UNC Greensboro with 16 points.