Delaware State 40

(4-6, 2-5 away)

(2) North Carolina 87

(14-0, 10-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, December 28, 2006

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    DSU 22 1840
    #2UNC 44 4387

    North Carolina buries Delaware St. with first-half run

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's women's basketball team took some time getting back from its holiday vacation. Once the Tar Heels did, Delaware State didn't stand a chance.

    Camille Little had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 2 North Carolina to its 14th straight victory, 87-40 over Delaware State on Thursday.

    Erlana Larkins added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Ivory Latta had 16 points and six assists for North Carolina (14-0), which started slowly before cruising to a rout.

    It was the Tar Heels' first game in eight days following a pair of wins at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    "We started off like we were still on Christmas break. We were standing around too much," coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "But we picked it up after a while and got going."

    Raquel Collier scored 10 points for Delaware State (4-6), which trailed 44-22 at the break.

    Larkins matched Collier's scoring output and pulled down 10 rebounds before halftime. The Tar Heels held a 51-32 rebounding edge overall, 21-5 in the second half.

    North Carolina scored 28 points off 22 offensive rebounds.

    "Most teams that come in here like to rip and run, but you can't do that with a team as talented as North Carolina," Delaware State coach Ed Davis said. "For the first 16 minutes of the game, we did a good job of containment. Then, we got out of our game plan."

    After trailing much of the first half, the Tar Heels outscored Delaware State 25-6 during the final 6:13 before halftime. The Hornets made just one field goal in more than seven minutes.

    "We got a couple of steals, and that got us going," Hatchell said.

    Delaware State led 13-11 after Ashlee Burbage's 3-pointer with 11:17 remaining. The Hornets missed 10 of their next 11 shots and turned over the ball in 10 of the last 24 possessions of the half.

    North Carolina pulled away further with runs of 7-1 and 8-2 shortly after the break. The Tar Heels made five of their final seven shots and closed with a 7-0 spurt.

    "They scored a lot of easy layups that never allowed us to get back into out game plan," Davis said. "Then, their defense stepped up at the end of the first half, and that extended into the start of the second half."

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