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No. 2 Tar Heels rally to top Tech women

ATLANTA - Camille Little scored 18 points, Ivory Latta and LaToya Pringle each added 16 and No. 2 North Carolina rallied in the second half Tuesday night for a 69-57 win over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

North Carolina (16-0) trailed at halftime for the first time all season before coming back to beat the Yellow Jackets (8-5), who still led with 12:33 left on a free throw by Jill Ingram.

Latta then scored seven of North Carolina's points in a 9-0 run for a 47-43 lead, and Tech never got closer as the Tar Heels went on a 26-9 spurt to lead 64-52 with 3:37 left on a basket by Pringle. Latta shot 1-for-10, including 1-for-5 on 3-pointers, in the first half. She was 3-for-8 and 2-for-5 on 3s in the second half, when she scored 13 points.

The Tar Heels were outrebounded, 48-43, for the first time this season.

Georgia Tech led 29-27 at the break behind Jacqua Williams, who had 10 points - including the last four to give the Yellow Jackets their lead. Williams finished with 14 points. Chioma Nnamaka added 13 and Central Gwinnett grad Stephanie Higgs had 12 for Tech.

The Tar Heels, who were averaging 91 points per game and had beaten opponents by an average of 44 points, shot 37.5 percent (12-for-32) and committed 10 turnovers in the opening half. The closest game North Carolina had before Tuesday night was a 70-57 win over Tennessee on Dec. 3. The Vols were ranked No. 4 at the time.

North Carolina was plagued by foul trouble in the first half. Tech's biggest lead was 23-15 on a free throw by Higgs with 8:38 left.

North Carolina then reeled off 10 straight points to take a 25-23 lead with 5 minutes left on a 3 by Latta.