CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina made up for the unexpected absence of All-Atlantic Coast Conference forward Erlana Larkins with teamwork.
Camille Little led a balanced attack with 20 points, four other teammates scored in double figures and the second-ranked Tar Heels beat Tennessee Tech 93-52 on Saturday."It was good to have all the others doing so well in there and not relying on Erlana so much," coach Sylvia Hatchell said.Larkins, North Carolina's second-leading scorer (13.1) and leading rebounder (8.9), missed her first college game after playing in 83 straight contests. She was in Florida attending the funeral of a family friend."We miss her," Hatchell said, adding that Larkins is expected back for Tuesday's game at Georgia Tech. "Having her back for the start of the ACC season should give us a big lift."North Carolina's depth was taxed further Saturday by the team's announcement that reserve forward Chistina Dewitt was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.With two of her frontcourt teammates missing, Little stepped up. She had eight steals and seven assists, both career highs."It was difficult without her (Larkins)," Little said. "I didn't go inside much."Rashanda McCants added 16 points for the Tar Heels (15-0), while LaToya Pringle had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Junior Alex Miller chipped in 11 points in her first career start. Ivory Latta had 10 points and eight assists.Kristina Tyler and Kendall Cavin scored 13 points apiece to lead Tennessee Tech (2-10).The Tar Heels opened with a 10-0 run and never trailed. North Carolina led 47-30 at halftime and blew open the game with a 24-6 run in the first 10:04 of the second half."You don't want to start with that sort of pace against a team of North Carolina's quality," Tennessee Tech coach Amy Brown said. "You think to yourself, this could get ugly, quick."Little added eight points early in the second half during the decisive run. She finished the game 10-of-14 from the field.Brown, a former Louisiana Tech player who watched North Carolina's Charlotte Smith sink a last-second, game-winning 3-pointer in the 1994 NCAA championship game, was impressed with the Tar Heels' 36 of 68 shooting.She was less pleased with the Golden Eagles' 29 turnovers and their 5 of 11 shooting on free throws."We made some unnecessary turnovers, but I guess if I were playing against a team like North Carolina, I'd probably make a few turnovers myself," Brown said. "But we've got to get better on free throws and take advantage of those freebies."