No. 3 Tar Heels Sweep Tech With 75-61 Victory in Atlanta

ATLANTA - It was clear from the start that the Jackets would not allow North Carolina to control today's game from start to finish as they did in Chapel Hill earlier this year. However, the Tar Heels never relinquished the lead after picking it up in the last three minutes of the second half.

Senior forward Elena Larkins was the key to today's game. She had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Combine that with junior guard Rashanda McCants' 18 points and you have a recipe for success.

For the game, the Tar Heels shot 52% including going 5-9 from behind the 3-point arc. Time and time again, Carolina was able to beat Georgia Tech's full court press and create open looks.

Tech would make adjustments to momentarily slow down Carolina's momentum, but the Tar Heels size advantage combined with their shooting effort was just too much to handle.

On the other hand, the Jackets shot just 37% from the field and struggled at times to drive the ball inside. Thus, Tech had to settle for the outside jump shot on multiple occasions. Forward Janie Mitchell was the Jackets' leading scorer with 22, but guard Chioma Nnamaka was really Tech's leader in this game.

She scored 15 for Tech, including four three pointers. Nnamaka was able to help keep the Jackets in the game at crucial points in both the first and second halves. She gutted out an apparent ankle injury that she suffered in the first half after coming down awkwardly on her left ankle following a made three point jumper.

With the victory, North Carolina's record moves to 22-2 overall, and a perfect 9-0 in conference. Now the Tar Heels will move up at least one slot in the next poll with Connecticut's loss to Rutgers this week.

The Tar Heels play again this Friday in Charlottesville, against another tough ACC opponent in Virginia.

Georgia Tech's record falls to 18-6 overall, and 5-5 in conference. The Jackets have proven that they are a worthy opponent this season, but still lack a marquis win to staple to their resume.

Tech resumes the rest of their schedule with Savannah State at home on Tuesday, and their next ACC opponent coming next Monday in Chestnut Hill, Ma. against Boston College.

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