First-half run sends North Carolina past overmatched Wofford

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- With Sunday's 102-42 blowout of Wofford well under way, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell still wasn't happy.

The Tar Heels (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) took a 55-18 halftime lead, and Hatchell hoped to switch to a zone defense on the overmatched Terriers in the second half. But the slower pace bothered her, and a turnover and two missed shots made her miserable.

"We got a big lead, and we always get lethargic when we do that. We were still in the locker room," Hatchell said. "We were breaking down completely, and that's why I called a timeout."

The Tar Heels responded with a 13-2 run that gave them a 75-26 lead with 12:30 left.

Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures for the Tar Heels (10-1), who defeated the Terriers for the fifth straight season.

This one they took care of early, running off 32 unanswered points in a 36-2 run that covered nearly 11 minutes in the first half.

DeGraffenreid came off the bench and scored 12 points in 13 minutes of the first half. She hit three of her first five shots, including a 3-pointer.

The lopsided score allowed North Carolina to clear its bench with more than three minutes to play in the first half. All but one Tar Heel scored.

Reserve Rebecca Gray added 12 and Rashana McCants 11, while Erlana Larkins and Italee Lucas each scored 10. Jessica Breland grabbed a game-high 13 boards for North Carolina.

The game was the first in a week for North Carolina since losing Dec. 2 at No. 1 Tennessee.

"We started really, really strong," Hatchell said. "You could tell we had some rest. When we played at Tennessee, we'd played four games in eight days."

Wofford (3-4) lost in part because of 17-for-69 shooting, a 61-29 deficit on the boards and 29 turnovers. Reserve Natalie Gramblin had seven points to lead the Terriers, coached by North Carolina graduate Edgar Farmer Jr., who was a video coordinator for UNC's 1994 women's national championship team.

"This game is a little bit like a family reunion," Farmer said. "I purposely want this tough road environment for our team. I want us to learn from it."