Behind the right ear of Erlana Larkins is a small tattoo of hands pressed together in prayer.
Next to it is ink replicating the famous Tar Heel foot, which is Larkins’ silent, yet very sincere, tribute to the University of North Carolina, her alma mater.
“I love my school. It was a great experience being there for four years,” said the 6-foot-1 Larkins, a starting forward for the Indiana Fever. “Being there and playing basketball just taught me a lot about life.”
The connection to Chapel Hill is important to remember with Indiana playing host to Connecticut tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After all, this represents the first time since college Larkins has gone into a season as a full-time starter.