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Rolle's double-double helps No. 25 North Carolina women rout La Salle 85-55 after slow start

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 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt made two, then Danielle Butts, Gross and Rolle hit jumpers to put North Carolina ahead 51-36. The Explorers (1-4) never got closer than 12 points after that.

It was different in the first half, when La Salle built a 25-13 lead before the Tar Heels rallied.

Shanel Harrison had 14 of her 18 points for La Salle in the first half.