No. 16 Tar Heels Roll Past Hokies, 72-50

No. 16 Tar Heels Roll Past Hokies, 72-50
BLACKSBURG, Va. --- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 17 points and No. 16 North Carolina led from start to finish in a 72-50 win over Virginia Tech Friday night at Cassell Coliseum. Carolina outscored the Hokies 33-11 in the first 15 minutes of the game and never led by less than 14 the rest of the way.

Xylina McDaniel added 13 points and Krista Gross just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.

UNC (24-4, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) used the deep ball to great effect in the first 20 minutes, making 7 of 13 three-point attempts, including two each from Gross, McDaniel and Latifah Coleman.

Waltiea Rolle, who had a stat-stuffing night of nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks, made a layup right before the halftime buzzer to give the Tar Heels a 40-24 lead into the locker room.

Ruffin-Pratt went coast-to-coast on a steal and score right after halftime and Rolle scored on a jumper to make the lead 20 just 90 seconds after the break.

Monet Tellier, who led Virginia Tech (8-18, 2-13 ACC) with 15 points and eight assists, knocked down a three-pointer with 8:59 to play to cut the Carolina advantage to 14, but the Hokies would get no closer.

With the victory, UNC ensured a top-4 finish in the league standings and a first-round by in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Tar Heels will look to lock up at least the No. 3 seed on Sunday at home against NC State. That game at Carmichael Arena is set for a 1:30 p.m. start and is UNC's 2013 Play4Kay game.