CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina All-American Erlana
Larkins broke her left hand Sunday in a win over Liberty.
The senior forward injured the hand while reaching for a rebound
with 17:24 left in No. 4 North Carolina's 88-67 victory. She
screamed and fell to the floor, holding the hand as play continued
for about 20 seconds.
Coach Sylvia Hatchell said a preliminary examination showed a
broken bone inside the palm. Larkins was taken to UNC Hospitals for
X-rays and further treatment.
"It's her left [non-shooting] hand," Hatchell said. "Knowing
Erlana, she'll be OK. She's tough."
UNC orthopedic physician Dr. Tim Taft examined the hand briefly
along with trainers before Larkins was taken to the locker room.
She returned less than 10 minutes later with the hand wrapped over
ice and watched the rest of the game from the bench.
A three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player, Larkins was a
third team Associated Press All-American and MVP of the 2007 NCAA
Dallas Regional as a junior. She won a gold medal playing with the
U.S. Pan American Games team last summer.
Larkins ranks first in team history in field-goal shooting
(.577) and came into Sunday's game averaging 11 points, fourth
highest on the team, and a team best 8.5 rebounds a game.