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UNC Hands Liberty 87-36 Loss

November 21, 2005
|  Chapel Hill, N.C.
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North Carolina proved why they are one of the best teams in the nation as they led wire-to-wire in their 87-35 win over Liberty Monday evening in the Carmichael Auditorium.

The Tar Heels (2-0) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead over the Lady Flames (1-1) as Ivory Latta knocked down a jumper.

Liberty responded as Megan Frazee (Fr., G/F, Xenia, Ohio) connected on a three and then two free throws to cut the lead to within four; however, that would be as close as the Lady Flames would get all night as a layup by Erlana Larkins started a 30-5 run to put the Tar Heels up 34.

North Carolina took a 49-19 lead into the half, outplaying Liberty in ever facet of the game and forcing the Lady Flames to 24 first half turnovers.

Liberty looked to get back in the game and make it competitive, but North Carolina had other ideas jumping out to a 40-point lead on a 16-6 run to start the second.

That was more then enough as the Tar Heels cruised to a 51-point victory, marking the worst lost under Coach Green and the worst lost since a 52-point defeat to Radford in 1996.

The Lady Flames were only able to muster 10 field goals for the entire game, shooting 26 percent on the night, while the Tar Heels shot 39 percent.

North Carolina shot 88 percent (29-33), compared to Liberty's 65 percent (13-20) from the free throw line.

The high scorer for Liberty was Megan Frazee as the freshman notched her second double-double in as many games with a game-high 15 rebounds and 13 points.

For North Carolina, Latta led the way as the all-American had a game-high 20 points and six assists.

"We didn't compete as well as we wanted to tonight," stated Liberty head coach Carey Green. "North Carolina is a very good team. They're very quick and athletic and we weren't able to match that."

"This game allows us to open our eyes at where we need to get better."

Liberty will look to rebound from its loss as they host the Tribe of William and Mary at 7 p.m. in the Vines Center this Saturday.