Tar Heels improve to 2-0 with win over Hofstra

Freshmen Latta and Little combine for 34 points.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Four North Carolina players scored in double figures and the No. 14 Tar Heels opened the second half with a 27-0 run to beat Hofstra 92-45 Sunday afternoon in a women's basketball matchup at Carmichael Auditorium. UNC improved to 2-0 with the win, while Hofstra fell to 0-1.

For the second time in as many games, UNC's freshmen led the way in scoring. Ivory Latta, a guard from McConnells, S.C., scored a game-high 18 and also led Carolina in assists with seven. Camille Little, a forward from Winston-Salem, N.C., had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Senior center Candace Sutton registered her sixth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Also in double figures was junior Nikita Bell, who scored 13.

Cigi McCollin, a redshirt freshman guard, came off the bench to lead Hofstra with 16 points, including four three-pointers. McCollin was the only Pride player to score in double figures. Freshman center Vanessa Gidden led the rebounding effort with eight.

UNC was up 41-19 at halftime, but stretched its lead to 49 by scoring the first 27 points of the second half. Hofstra got its first second-half points when senior forward Tara Dilworth hit a pair of free throws with 10:29 remaining in the game.

"In the first half, Hofstra gave us all we could handle," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "They kept their composure. In the second half we came out and got some momentum going. We got after it a little more defensively and got rolling offensively.

"We had a lot of people contribute today. This game was good for us, and I think it will be good for Hofstra, too."

At No. 14, the Tar Heels are the highest-ranked team that Hofstra had ever faced. "North Carolina never played down to the competition," said Pride coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "They showed us that women's basketball is played at a higher level than we've ever seen. They play above the rim."

The Tar Heels won the rebounding battle 59-41 and had seven blocked shots, four by Sutton. The game was the first meeting between the two teams.

UNC departs from Chapel Hill on Monday for a Tuesday night game at Kentucky. Next up for Hofstra is a home game against Quinnipiac on Tuesday night. Both tipoffs are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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