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McCants' 16 points lead UNC in rout of Elon

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina had its high-pressure,
high-speed transition game rolling again.

Rashanda McCants scored 16 points, and North Carolina (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP)
forced 32 turnovers in a 98-53 rout of Elon on Tuesday night.

"Speed, speed, speed, huh?" Elon coach Brenda Paul said.

LaToya Pringle added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, Jessica
Breland had 12 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Italee Lucas
scored 12 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who shot 48 percent, had
53 rebounds to Elon's 33 and had 22 steals.

"We're getting better. A lot of good things," coach Sylvia
Hatchell said. "This young lady, Miss Breland, keeps doing really
well. She had a double-double again, with only playing 15 minutes.
The freshmen are getting better, they're learning to read things
better."

Tierra Bumbrey had 15 points for Elon (1-3), which was held to
33.9 percent shooting and fell to 1-7 in the series. The Phoenix
haven't beaten North Carolina since 1975 -- the Tar Heels' first
season of women's basketball.

Star forward Erlana Larkins, who was coming off a 20-point
performance in a 75-60 victory against then-No. 12 Arizona State,
was held to 6 points on 3-of-4 shooting.

"She played 15 minutes. Is that a good enough answer for you?"
Paul said.

North Carolina improved to 76-18 against instate opponents from
outside the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"We're experimenting a lot with different combinations and
getting ready for conference play," Hatchell said. "And I really
liked a lot of things we've seen."

The Tar Heels never trailed, opened the game with a 12-2 run,
led by 19 points midway through the first half and held a 56-24
halftime advantage.

North Carolina, which has reached two consecutive Final Fours,
has won three games this season by an average of 45 points.

"I think they'll be right back in the Final Four," Paul said.
"I'm going to put pressure on [Hatchell]. She's going to win the
conference again."