Feb. 12, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Ivory Latta scored 21 points as No. 2 North Carolina shook off 28 turnovers and bounced back from its only loss of the season with an 80-59 win over Florida State on Monday night.
The Tar Heels (25-1, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped to a 30-10 lead with 5:44 left in the half, taking no chances in their first visit to Florida State since a 2005 overtime loss to the Seminoles.
“We couldn’t go a whole practice without coach saying ‘seniors remember you lost down there, right?'” said Latta, who was 7-for-13 from the floor, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range.
Despite shooting just 25 percent from the floor in the first half, Florida State narrowed its deficit to 36-26 at the break but could never get closer.
Erlana Larkins added 16 points, Rashanda McCants 13 and LaToya Pringle and Camille Little 11 apiece for North Carolina, which jumped to a 15-4 lead as Florida State missed 13 of its first 14 shots.
Mara Freshour’s 12 points led the Seminoles (18-7, 7-3), who shot just 30.4 percent in the game.
“There’s nothing you can do if they don’t fall,” Freshour said.
“They used their athleticism very, very well,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said.
“We got good shots and couldn’t knock ’em down,” Semrau said. “We settled for a lot of outside shots.”
North Carolina, which lost last Thursday at Duke, shot 55.1 percent from the field and made 20 of 23 free throws.
Semrau said she was worried about the Tar Heels motivation after losing to Duke.
“A loss always makes your heart a little softer and your ears a little bigger,” Semrau said.