DALLAS (AP) - Once North Carolina didn't have to worry about
Whitney Allen, the Tar Heels had no trouble with the rest of George
Allen's pesky defense bothered top-seeded North Carolina from
the start but her aggressiveness also led to three fouls in the
first 7 minutes. As she watched from the bench, Ivory Latta and the
Tar Heels went on a 22-5 run that carried them to a 70-56 victory
over the fifth-seeded Colonials in the semifinals of the Dallas
Regional on Sunday night.
Hours after the UNC men missed their chance at making the Final
Four, LaToya Pringle had 16 points and 14 rebounds to send the
women's team to their third straight regional final. They'll play
Purdue, which advanced earlier Sunday with a 78-65 victory over
Georgia, a matchup of the top two seeds Tuesday night.
North Carolina (33-3) reached the Final Four last year, and has
been ousted by the eventual national champion two years in a row.
The Tar Heels have the look of a team that could be cutting down
the nets this time.
In addition to being the nation's top-scoring team, they're also
really good on defense, proving it to a GW club that got this far
by stopping people, too.
The Colonials (28-4) hadn't seen a team this deep, this
UNC grabbed 23 more rebounds and had 16 steals, many coming
between halfcourt and the 3-point line to prevent GW from setting
up its offense.
At halftime, when North Carolina led by 14 - the
same as the final margin - North Carolina's power forward Erlana
Larkins had as many assists as the entire GW team, six each.
Sarah-Jo Lawrence led the Colonials with 23 points before
fouling out with 3:18 left. Fans chanted her first name as she went
to the bench, covering her head in a towel then sobbing into it.
Lawrence was the third GW player to foul out; Allen wasn't among
the others. She got her fourth early in the second half but never
got No. 5.