Virginia Upsets No. 9 North Carolina, 87-68
Jan. 6, 2000
The Cavaliers (10-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended the first halfwith an 18-2 run to grab a 40-37 lead over the Tar Heels (9-4, 1-2).
The game was tied at 14 midway through the first half when the Tar Heelswent on a 14-4 run. Rhonda Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:37 remaining to givethe Tar Heels their biggest lead, 35-22. From that moment until about 12minutes remaining in the game, the Cavaliers outscored the Tar Heels 42-8.
Virginia began rallying late in the first half. A three-point play byTelisha Quarles with less than a minute remaining in the half tied the score at37.
North Carolina got off to a good start, going 5-of-9 from 3-point range inthe first half. But the Tar Heels shot only 23.5 percent from the field in thesecond half and finished the game at 36.1 percent.
Juana Brown led North Carolina with 19 points, while Jennifer Thomas added17 and Leah Sharp had 15.
Volnaya scored 14 points in the first six minutes of the second half,including three consecutive 3-pointers.
North Carolina forward LaQuanda Barksdale, who leads the ACC in scoring at20.2 points per game, was scoreless in the first half and ended the game withfour points and 11 rebounds.
The game was the first North Carolina has played without junior guard NikkiTeasley, who averages 14 points and leads the team in assists. Teasley has beensuspended, and coach Sylvia Hatchell would not say if she would play in theteam’s next game.
The victory extended Virginia’s winning streak to six and marked NorthCarolina’s second straight loss. The Tar Heels had won the last five meetingsbetween the teams and seven of the last eight.