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Feb. 8, 2001

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team fell to GeorgiaTech Thursday night, 87-70, in front of 3,257 fans at UniversityHall. The Cavaliers dropped their sixth conference game of the seasondespite a 24-point, 12-rebound performance from sophomore forward SchuyeLaRue.

The Yellow Jackets roared out to an early lead and steadilystretched that lead throughout most of the first half. Georgia Tech led theCavaliers, 34-23, with 3:07 left in the first half, but Virginia managed tomount a comeback to draw within six, 36-30, at the half.

The second half started out with another Tech run, as the YellowJackets jumped to a 51-41 lead with 12:57 remaining in the game. Virginiarallied to close the margin to 62-61 with 6:26 left, but a series of missedshots allowed Georgia Tech to once again lengthen its lead. The YellowJackets steadily built an eight-point lead at 69-61 and never looked back.

Georgia Tech relied heavily on the inside play of center Sonja Mallory, whohad a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Milli Martinez alsogave the Yellow Jackets a tremendous lift. She came off the bench to score20 points and grab seven rebounds.

Virginia senior forward Svetlana Volnaya turned in her second consecutivestrong outing, scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds. Senior center ElenaKravchenko finished with four points, four rebounds, five blocks and two assists.

With the loss, Virginia moves to 15-10 overall on the season and 6-6 in theACC. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is now 12-10 overall and 3-8 in the ACC,including a series sweep of the Cavaliers for the first time ever. The Cavaliersreturn to action Sunday (February 11) when they take on North Carolina at 4:00 p.m. in University Hall.

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