Lady Monarchs Fall To No. 7 UNC
Dec. 30, 2004
By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ivory Latta scored 19 of her 24 points during a dazzling second half, helping No. 7 North Carolina to a 79-55 victory over Old Dominion on Thursday.
Erlana Larkins added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Tar Heels (11-1), who won their fourth in a row after a loss at Penn State.
With several members of the game day staff in Charlotte, N.C., for North Carolina's appearance in the Continental Tire Bowl, the game was moved to the Dean E. Smith Center.
A sparse but enthusiastic crowd of 1,112 took advantage of free admission and free parking to watch the Tar Heels avenge a 73-68 loss to the Lady Monarchs last season.
This one wasn't that close, mostly thanks to Latta. With fellow point guard Raymond Felton and many of his Tar Heel teammates watching from the front row, she made five consecutive shots during a five-minute stretch of the second half to help North Carolina take control.
Latta swished a jumper, added a 3-pointer, then drove in for a layup after a nifty pass from Nikita Bell. Later, Latta got fouled on a 3 and converted all three free throws before connecting again from long range to make it 58-35.
She left for a rest, but the damage already was done. Old Dominion (4-4) never got closer and still is looking for its first road victory of the season to complement a 21-game home winning streak.
The Tar Heels led by only seven after a sloppy first half during which the teams combined for 29 turnovers. It didn't get much better for the Monarchs after the break. After making only 29 percent of their shots in the opening 20 minutes, they shot 30 percent and had another 12 turnovers.
For the first time this season, Larkins failed to make at least half of her shots and finished 5-for-11. She came in shooting a nation-leading 71 percent from the field.