Ivory Latta had 23 points and nine steals to lead second-ranked North Carolina past No. 17 Boston College, 69-62, last night in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Camille Little added 16 points for North Carolina (25-1, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had a tough time putting away the Eagles to set up a Saturday matchup with top-ranked Duke that will likely determine the league's regular-season title.
Erlana Larkins chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels.
Kindyll Dorsey scored 22 points to lead BC (19-8, 6-6), which shot the ball well but couldn't overcome 25 turnovers against the Tar Heels' aggressive trapping defense.
''We practiced with the guys," Dorsey said. ''But with their chemistry, [the Tar Heels] know when to trap . . . We weren't consistent with it. We would get great ball movement and open shots, but sometimes we'd be tentative and turn the ball over."
North Carolina fell behind by 7 in the first half and had trouble consistently getting easy baskets in transition.
And despite coming in with the league's third-rated field-goal defense at 36 percent, they allowed the Eagles to shoot 50 percent and hit eight 3-pointers.
But the Tar Heels used a 12-point spurt to go ahead to stay after falling in the early hole -- forcing six straight turnovers at one point -- and using a 10-2 run to stay in control and take a 52-40 lead with 10:55 left.
Latta made the biggest play to cap that run, which also summed up the Eagles' struggles protecting the basketball. The 5-foot-6 guard got caught defending 6-4 Lisa Macchia in the post, but she managed to strip Macchia as she turned to shoot in the lane. Latta quickly corralled the loose ball and pushed it upcourt -- smiling as she crossed halfcourt -- for a layup and the 12-point lead.
Ohio State 69, Michigan State 38 -- Jessica Davenport used power moves and fallaways to score 18 of her 22 points in the first half to lead the No. 6 Buckeyes over the No. 14 Spartans in Columbus, Ohio.
Gonzaga 81 Pepperdine 71 -- Adam Morrison collected 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Bulldogs past the Waves at Malibu, Calif.
Syracuse 60, West Virginia 58 -- Terrence Roberts broke out of a three-game slump with 16 points and 10 rebounds as the host Orange prevailed.
It was the fourth loss in five games for the No. 14 Mountaineers(18-8, 9-4 Big East), who won their first eight games in the conference. And it was the first victory over a ranked team this season for the Orange (19-8, 7-6), who had been reeling with five losses in six games but have won three of their last four.
Oklahoma 71, Texas Tech 70 -- At Lubbock, Texas, Kevin Bookout tipped in a rebound with 4.5 seconds left to give the 22d-ranked Sooners the victory over the Red Raiders.
It was the only field goal for the Sooners (18-6, 9-4 Big 12) in the final 8 minutes and it came just over a minute after the Red Raiders (14-13, 6-7) had closed a 10-2 run to take a 70-68 lead.
Nevada 74, Idaho 68 -- Nick Fazekas had 26 points and 15 rebounds and the
Marcelus Kemp scored 19 points for Nevada (21-5, 10-3 Western Athletic Conference), which has won eight straight. Nevada is ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press poll after dropping out of the rankings earlier this season.
Albany 76, Vermont 64 -- Jamar Wilson scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the host Great Danes.