7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Four minutes into the game on Wednesday night, North Carolina went into a full-court press.That was the beginning of the end for Wofford, trailing just 7-5 when Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell called a timeout. Twenty turnovers and 16 minutes later, the Terriers had managed four more baskets and were down 42-18 at halftime. No. 2 North Carolina cruised to a 95-36 win."We were a little sluggish at first, but we got it going some after the timeout," Hatchell said. "They were really milking the clock, so we switched from zone pressure to full court man-to-man. We wanted to pick up the tempo."Wofford went scoreless for periods of 5:03 and 4:40 in the first half, and was shut out for the first 6:31 after halftime. North Carolina scored the game's last 19 points."I felt we were successful until we started to turn over the ball," Wofford coach Edgar Farmer said.Wofford (5-3) ended up with more turnovers, 37, than points and North Carolina scored 44 points off those turnovers.Erlana Larkins scored a game-high 18 points while Camille Little and Ivory Latta each added 16.Early in the game, Farmer had his team slow the game down by milking an extra 15 seconds off the shot clock by not crossing half court. That ended when Hatchell ordered the press."I'd say it was different, but not too difficult," Little said of Wofford's slowdown strategy.Farmer, a North Carolina alum who'd seen the Four-Corners offense as a graduate staffer on UNC's 1994 national champions, called the strategy a necessity."It's not like we're Tennessee and we have Candace Parker but she just couldn't make it," Farmer said. "I'd do it again."Larkins had 12 points in the first half.Hatchell was upset that North Carolina only out-rebounded Wofford 33-32. But the Tar Heels still dominated inside.LaToya Pringle broke the North Carolina women's record for blocks in a game with nine. She had eight in the first half to tie Dawn Royster's previous record of eight in a Nov. 25, 1985 game against Maryland-Eastern Shore."I didn't even know how many I had until somebody told me at halftime," Pringle said. Mary Jo Yee and Laura Depko came off the Terrier bench to lead Wofford with seven points each.Heather Claytor had three 3-pointers and Latta had two in the game's final 11:40. North Carolina hit 37 of 66 shots from the field, including 9 of 24 3-pointers.Wofford fell for the second time in two weeks to an Atlantic Coast Conference team, having lost 74-72 on Nov. 22 at Wake Forest.Farmer noted Wofford was without two regulars, 6-2 Jennifer Weurding, the Terriers' all-time leader in blocked shots, and Summer Nichols, who averages 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Both are expected back later this month from injuries.
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