Wake Forest 47

(9-18, 0-13 ACC)

(4) North Carolina 96

(27-2, 11-2 ACC)

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2007

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    No. 4 UNC hands Wake Forest seventh straight loss

    Associated Press

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina guard Ivory Latta smiled and shook her head as the Carmichael Auditorium crowd chanted her name for the final time Thursday night.

    Latta and forward Camille Little did plenty of smiling in their last collegiate home game, a 96-47 win for the Tar Heels over Wake Forest on senior night.

    "I just want to say thank you to all the fans," Little said over the public address system after the game. "All four years have been great here. I'm sad to go, but we've got to get out of here some time."

    Little scored 19 points and Latta had 14 to help fourth-ranked North Carolina cruise to a 96-47 win Thursday night over Wake Forest.

    Latta was just 4-of-14 from the floor and spent the final minutes of the first half in the trainer's room after taking an elbow to the eye but returned to start the second.

    The two seniors exited to a standing ovation and a chant of "Thank you, seniors" at the 4:37 mark.

    "I definitely enjoyed the crowd," Latta said. "I'm just happy that I'm here. It's my last game here, so I'm just happy that it's over, too. I'm ready to move on."

    The Tar Heels (27-2, 11-2 in the ACC) took an early 18-3 lead, then stretched it to 29-5 thanks largely to their relentless pressure defense. UNC had 13 steals in the first half, led by Latta's four and Little's three.

    "They're really good," Wake Forest coach Mike Petersen said. "They're very, very athletic, and they don't allow you to execute. They don't allow anybody to execute, that's what they do. They do a great job of disrupting offense against everybody they play.

    "Nobody gets to run their offense against Carolina, and because of that you have to make plays. Tonight we just weren't equipped to make plays."

    Wake Forest (9-18, 0-13 ACC) shot just 32.8 percent from the floor in the game. Sophomore guard Yolanda Lavender led the Demon Deacons with 20 points but made just 8 of 26 shots.

    Six players scored in double figures for North Carolina. Erlana Larkins had her 11th double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and adding 12 rebounds. Nine players recorded at least 15 minutes of playing time as the Tar Heels gear up for a postseason run.

    "It gives them confidence, which is good because we're going to need them down the stretch here," Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said of her reserves. "I'm glad they're playing well."

    But Thursday was about the seniors for the Tar Heels. Before the game, Latta and Little were honored at midcourt with their families. The duo has a 114-15 career record, the best four-year mark in school history. They'll go for win No. 115 on Sunday at No. 1 Duke in their regular-season finale.

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