Latta, Pringle Lead the Way As Tar Heels Rip Hokies

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Ivory Latta scored 24 points and LaToya Pringle added a career-high 22 last night to lead No. 2 North Carolina past visiting Virginia Tech, 102-68.

Camille Little scored 19 points for the Tar Heels (17-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who bounced back from a sluggish performance in their league opener to crack the 100-point mark for the third time this season.

On Tuesday, North Carolina trailed at halftime for the first time all season before coming back to beat Georgia Tech, 69-57. It was the lowest-scoring output of the season for the Tar Heels, who are averaging about 90 points to lead the ACC.

"I think it made us think a little bit more and refocus," North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell said.

Two nights later, the Tar Heels shot 56 percent and dominated the boards after the break to beat the Hokies (10-6, 1-1) for the sixth straight time.

"Unfortunately, tonight I don't think we did anything other than help Carolina maintain their incredible statistics," Virginia Tech Coach Beth Dunkenberger said.

Kirby Copeland scored 17 points to lead Virginia Tech.

· VANDERBILT 98, ARKANSAS 61: In Nashville, Christina Wirth scored a career-high 24 points to lead the No. 11 Commodores over the 20th-ranked Razorbacks in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Vanderbilt (14-1) made 11 of its first 16 shots to race to a 38-18 lead with 3 minutes 6 seconds left in the first half.

Donica Crosby led Arkansas (15-2) with 15 points.

· MICHIGAN STATE 64, INDIANA 56: In Bloomington, Ind., Mia Johnson scored 17 points as the 19th-ranked Spartans won in overtime.

Rene Haynes scored 15 points and Victoria Lucas-Perry added 14 for the Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten).

Nikki Smith scored 16 points for Indiana (12-4, 1-2).

· OHIO STATE 75, MINNESOTA 62: Jessica Davenport scored 22 points and had 15 rebounds to help the No. 7 Buckeyes win at home.

Brandie Hoskins added 17 points and Maria Moeller had 10 for Ohio State (12-1, 2-0 Big Ten).

Emily Fox led the Golden Gophers (9-6, 1-2) with 17 points.

· GEORGIA 89, FLORIDA 57: Cori Chambers scored 23 points and Janese Hardrick added 19 to help the No. 15 Lady Bulldogs (13-2) beat the visiting Gators (6-10) in the SEC opener for both teams.

· ARIZONA STATE 89, WASHINGTON STATE 44: Dymond Simon scored 15 of her career-high 24 points in the first half as the 13th-ranked Sun Devils (13-2, 3-1 Pacific-10) cruised past the Cougars (5-10, 1-4) in Tempe, Ariz.

· WYOMING 54, NEW MEXICO 51: Justyna Podziemska scored 22 points as the Cowgirls (9-3, 1-0 Mountain West) upset the No. 25 Lobos (10-4, 0-1) in Laramie, Wyo.

· UNC WILMINGTON 59, GEORGE MASON 57: In Fairfax, Lori Drake scored 18 points, including a three-point play with 1.4 seconds left, as the Seahawks (5-7, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) snapped the Patriots' two-game winning streak.

Moni Akintunde led the Patriots (6-5, 1-1) with 18 points.

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