CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Waltiea Rolle got 15 points and 12 rebounds and No. 25 North Carolina scored the first 16 points of the second half on the way to an 85-55 rout of La Salle in a nonconference game Saturday.
Xylina McDaniel opened the second half with a jumper for the Tar Heels (5-0), who trailed 32-31 at halftime, then added a 3-pointer after a steal by Brittany Rountree. Krista Gross added a jumper and Rountree sank a 3-pointer for a 40-32 lead.
Rolle made a free throw, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt made two and Danielle Butts' jumper made it 47-32. It was 51-36 North Carolina with 13:17 left, and the Explorers (1-4) never got closer than 12 points after that.
It was different in the first half, when La Salle led 25-13 before the Tar Heels rallied.
La Salle's Shanel Harrison had 14 of her 18 points in the half.
Stephanie White, Lin Dunn and Carolyn Peck know what it takes to succeed in women's basketball. Their return to the college level should boost the SEC and is good for the game overall.
Mechelle Voepel explains what the biggest transition is for Breanna Stewart moving from UConn to the WNBA, as well as if she will be perceived around the league as a villain.