5:00 PM ET, December 16, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina needed a little time to get warmed up against South Carolina State in its first game since final exams.Camille Little scored 18 points, and Ivory Latta added 15 points and six assists to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 92-42 victory Saturday night. Little hit five of her first seven shots and had 12 points by halftime, when North Carolina (11-0) led 40-17."We played really flat in the first half," Latta said. "We picked it up some and then played with a lot more intensity in the second half."Jessica Breland added 13 points, and Rashanda McCants had 10 for North Carolina."We missed a lot of open shots and didn't rebound well in the first half," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "Our defense was OK, but it was a lot better in the second half. Everything was better in the second half."Brittany Baity had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 turnovers for South Carolina State (1-8). Sophilia Hipps led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points.South Carolina State had more turnovers (34) than baskets (17).Erlana Larkins grabbed 12 rebounds and LaToya Pringle had 10 as North Carolina outrebounded South Carolina State 54-37.South Carolina State committed 20 turnovers in the first half and shot just 8-for-27 (29.6 percent) from the floor. The Bulldogs shot worse in the second (25.7 percent), hitting 9-of-35 as North Carolina pulled away.South Carolina State went 7:03 without a basket as North Carolina went on a 21-0 run midway through the first half."Our intensity definitely changed," Little said. "We knew our intensity level just hadn't been acceptable. We knew we had to step it up."