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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."