CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell
was so mad after winless College of Charleston jumped out to an
early lead on her undefeated Tar Heels, she called a timeout just
so she could fume.
"I didn't say a word to them," Hatchell said. "But they
understood. I wasn't happy we started so lethargic."
Fourth-ranked North Carolina promptly scored 12 straight points
and never looked back in a 102-58 win Tuesday night.
Cetera DeGraffenreid finished with a game-high 19 points to lead
four Tar Heels in double figures. Iman McFarland came off the bench
to get 17 points and 13 rebounds. LaToya Pringle added 18 points
and Rebecca had 12.
"I've been working hard," McFarland said. "With Camille [Little] gone, Jessica [Breland] and I really need to step up."
Breland had 10 rebounds to go with eight points and helped North
Carolina dominate the boards 61-43.
"Even when we boxed out, they were aggressive with their size
and just started jumping over us," Charleston coach Nancy Wilson
said. "It's tough to win a jumping contest with them."
Pringle scored 14 points in the first half to pace North
Carolina to a 54-29 lead by the break. DeGraffenreid had 11 and
Gray 10 by halftime. Gray hit two 3-pointers in the first half.
Jill Furstenburg led College of Charleston with 13 points, while
Tonia Gerty added 11.
North Carolina played the game without point guard Alex Miller,
who will miss the season after undergoing knee surgery last week,
and 6-1 All-American Erlana Larkins, who team officials said was
resting after starting seven games in 17 days.
"We've got four games in a week, and the next two are really
big, so we just gave her a rest," Hatchell said. "We're fine. The
other kids really stepped up."
The Cougars hit just 22-of-77 shots from the floor and had more
turnovers (26) than baskets. After taking its early 6-4 lead, they
missed 10 of their next 13 shots and committed 13 turnovers in a
span of 10:19.
After North Carolina opened the second half with a 7-0 run,
Charleston never again got closer than 66-35.
North Carolina was playing its eighth straight home game to
start the season. The Tar Heels host Purdue on Thursday to end
their homestand before heading to No. 1 Tennessee on Sunday.