Cavaliers Fall To NC State, 71-56
Feb. 1, 2001
Raleigh, N.C. – NC State’s women’s basketball team jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Virginia and never looked back in a 71-56 win in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack led 39-21 at the half, but the Cavaliers went on a 12-3 run to open the second period to cut the State lead to nine. NC State increased its lead to 14 but another Virginia run trimmed the lead to four with five minutes remaining in the game. But NC State would not be denied, outscoring the Cavaliers 17-6 in the final minutes for its fourth conference win of the season. The Wolfpack Women hit 14 of 14 free throws in the final four minutes of the game to seal the victory.
“I was really pleased with our play tonight,” commented NC State coach Kay Yow. “We maintained our defensive effort and played well most of the game. Every good team will make a run, but I thought we maintained our composure. It was just a great team effort.”
Ivy Gardner led NC State with 16 points, hitting six of nine field goals and four of four free throws. The sophomore guard also contributed four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Carisse Moody posted her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nanna Rivers scored a career-high 13 points in the win. The freshman guard from Wilmington, N.C. also contributed five rebounds and four assists for the Wolfpack.
NC State forced 28 turnovers while committing only 11. Virginia’s Schuye LaRue posted a double-double with 16 points and 16 boards, but also had a game-high 12 turnovers. Telisha Quarles contributed 16 points and Svetlana Volnaya added 11.
“I really felt we dug a deep hole in the first half with all of the turnovers,” stated Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “We are not a consistent team, and we made bad decisions in the half court set.
NC State, ranked 24th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, improved to 13-8 overall and 4-6 in ACC play. Virginia, the 25th-ranked team in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, fell to 14-9 overall and 5-5 in the conference.
The Wolfpack, winners of two straight, travel to Clemson for an ACC matchup on Sunday. The 1 p.m. contest will be televised live on HTS and other regional networks.