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Jan. 17, 2000

Box Score

Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Renee Robinson scored 19 points, including four freethrows down the stretch, and Svetlana Volnaya added 18 to help Virginia beatNo. 6 North Carolina State 80-73 Monday night.

Telisha Quarles scored a career-high 21 points to lead Virginia (13-4, 5-1Atlantic Coast Conference), which extended its winning streak to nine.

The Wolfpack (14-2, 5-2 ACC), which lost its second in a row, dropped threeplaces in The Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday following its first loss,71-56 to Clemson on Thursday. That loss snapped a 14-game winning streak.

Summer Erb scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Kaayla Chones added18 for N.C State.

The Wolfpack, losing by as much as 21 after halftime, went on a 9-2 runkeyed by Tynesha Lewis’ first 3-pointer and five points by Terah James,trimming Virginia’s lead to 70-66 with 3:57 remaining.

The Cavaliers pushed the lead back to 77-68 with Volnaya’s 3-pointer and twofree throws by Robinson with 1:29 left. Robinson made two more foul shots with25.9 seconds left.

Quarles came out strong for Virginia in the first half with 14 points andhit 4-of-4 3-pointers. Her third basket from behind the arc with 15:08 left putthe Cavaliers ahead 13-12. Robinson’s 3-pointer with 11:57 to go in the firsthalf gave Virginia a 21-16 lead, which the Cavaliers did not relinquish.

Virginia closed the final 8:09 of the first half with a 15-8 run duringwhich N.C. State was held scoreless for a four-minute span. Elena Kravchenko’sbasket put the Cavaliers up 30-22. James hit a jumper with 3:27 to cutVirginia’s lead to 35-27, but Kravchenko answered with a lay-in and Volnayamade a fast-break lay-up to increase the Cavaliers’ lead to 39-27.

Erb, who had 10 points in the first half, didn’t during a seven-minutestretch of the half as the Cavaliers built their lead.

Lewis, N.C. State’s leading scorer with an average 13.5 points a game,missed all eight shots she tried from the floor and made only two points offfree throws in the first half.

Virginia is the only ACC team that leads in its series against N.C. State,26-23.

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