Latta leads Tar Heels in rout of Hurricanes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Ivory Latta wouldn't let North Carolina fall victim to another upset loss.

Executing the Tar Heels' inside-first plan with efficiency, Latta scored 21 points to help No. 2 North Carolina bounce back from a surprising upset loss with a 93-70 rout of Miami on Sunday.

"Play inside to outside, open up for the guards," North Carolina's star point guard said. "That's what I did, and I was just being patient, and I took the time and made the shots."

Camille Little scored 13 points, all in the first half, and Erlana Larkins added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (26-2, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were coming off a 72-65 loss to unranked North Carolina State on Friday.

The Tar Heels paid for it Saturday when practice consisted largely of running, then took out their frustrations on the Hurricanes (11-17, 2-11).

"Just playing hard, intensity, getting the ball inside, a lot more movement with our offense," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "We had a lot more drives and cuts and penetrating passes. Basically, a lot more movement and overall better defense and more of a commitment to rebounding."

The Tar Heels shot nearly 46 percent, never trailed, held a 47-33 rebounding advantage and led by as many as 35.

"It's very rare that you lose by 23 and you're thanking your team for playing with passion," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "I thanked them because that was a big deal for us. ... Sometimes it takes a team like Carolina on their home court to remind you of that opportunity to just play and play with passion."

North Carolina overcame Maurita Reid's 28 points by scoring the first 13 points of the game and remaining in charge the rest of the way.

"Setting the tone, the tempo, is a mentality I wanted them to have," Hatchell said.

In the N.C. State loss, Latta had 10 points on 5-for-21 shooting and was 0-for-8 from 3-point range. She made up for it this time by making 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, even though three of those 3s came in the second half when the outcome was decided.

North Carolina shot 49 percent in the first half, held Miami to 27 percent and took a 52-24 halftime lead on Alex Miller's 3-pointer with one second left in the half.

LaToya Pringle and Rashanda McCants had 12 points apiece for North Carolina. Jessica Breland's basket with 17:30 remaining gave the Tar Heels their largest lead at 63-28. Miami shot 53 percent in the second half to make the score closer.

"We were a little creative offensively, and a little bit aggressive," Meier said.

Reid nearly doubled her scoring average of 14.4, made 11 of 22 shots and was 5-for-13 from 3-point range.

Latoya Cunningham had 16 points and Renee Taylor added 15 for the Hurricanes, who lost their third straight game and have lost seven of eight.