ATLANTA - Nikita Bell scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half to power No. 12 North Carolina to an easy 55-41 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Bell scored six points in a 15-0 run in the opening six minutes to give North Carolina (17-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) an early 17-2 lead. She added four more in a 10-0 streak that gave the Tar Heels their biggest lead of the opening half at 31-12 with 5 minutes left.
Janie Mitchell led Georgia Tech (12-6, 3-4) with 14 points and Chioma Nnamaka added 10.
Bell was 6-of-7 in the opening half and only took one shot after intermission. The Tar Heels led 34-17 at the half after shooting 15-of-25 (60 percent). The Yellow Jackets had 17 turnovers and shot only 6-of-21 (29 percent) in the opening 20 minutes.
Ivory Latta and Camille Little each added 11 points for North Carolina, which will likely move up in the Top 25 poll after beating No. 1 Duke 56-51 on Monday.
North Carolina went cold at the start of the second half, scoring only one point in the first 8:14, going 0-for-7 from the field and committing seven turnovers. Georgia Tech couldn't take advantage, though, hitting only 2-of-14 shots in the same span and outscoring the Tar Heels only 5-1 to get within 35-22.
The Tar Heels made just 4 of 17 shots in the second half, but made 13 free throws.
Carolina's biggest lead was 47-26 on a basket by La'Tangela Atkinson with 5:53 left.
North Carolina, second in the nation in steals (14.6), had nine in the first half and finished with 11. It was the Tar Heels' sixth straight win over the Yellow Jackets.
All of North Carolina's losses have been on the road. With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 3-3 away from home.
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