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Gonzaga Falls to No. 2 UNC in Rainbow Wahine Classic

Nov. 25, 2006

HONOLULU (AP) - Ivory Latta scored 20 points and Erlana Larkins had 19 and No. 2 North Carolina beat Gonzaga 101-63 on Saturday to reach the final of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Seven players scored in double digits for the Tar Heels (5-0) in the semifinal game. They will face Arkansas in the tournament final on Sunday.

The Tar Heels dominated the Bulldogs (5-2) most of the game a day after Gonzaga upset No. 21 UCLA in the first round of the tournament. Camille Little and Heather Claytor had 12 for North Carolina, Jessica Breland had 13, and Alex Miller and LaToya Pringle each added 10.

Jami Bjorklund led Gonzaga with 21 points. Simone Santos had 10 and Michelle Elliott added 10.

North Carolina jumped out to an early 13-3 lead. Latta had steals on consecutive plays for easy layups, forcing a frustrated Gonzaga team to call a timeout. By 11:38 of the first half, UNC had a 24-4 lead.

The Tar Heels built a 38-7 advantage with a little more than 8 minutes to go in the half before Bjorklund hit two jumpers for Gonzaga to help close the gap to 20.

But North Carolina hit eight of 11 shots from beyond the arc, had 10 steals and shot 65 percent from the field to take a 55-30 halftime lead.

UNC built a 32-point lead after the half, before Elliott and Bjorklund hit 3-pointers to lead Gonzaga on a 17-4 run. Latta then got knocked to the ground and fouled as she hit an off-balance 3-pointer to extend the lead back to 25. Gonzaga couldn't get much closer after that.

Gonzaga will face Hawaii for third place on Sunday.