Cavaliers Defeat Hampton 75-72
Feb. 19, 2001
Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team defeated intra-state rival Hampton on Monday night (Feb. 19), 75-72, in front of 3,166 at University Hall. Sophomore forward Schuye LaRue did the lion’s share of the scoring for Virginia, pouring in 33 points and adding 18 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the season. LaRue’s bucket at 5:32 of the second half gave her 28 points on the night and 1,000 for her UVa career, making her just the 18th Virginia player all time to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Her 33 points is a career high.
UVa (17-11) relied heavily on LaRue as the Cavaliers struggled to get anything going from the perimeter. Virginia shot just 2-of-19 from three-point range for the game. LaRue, on the other hand, was 15-21 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Senior forward Svetlana Volnaya added nine points for the Cavaliers on 4-of-14 shooting from the field. Volnaya needed one more point to join LaRue in Virginia’s 1,000-point club, but she went to the bench with her fourth foul at 8:05 of the second half and did not return.
The Cavaliers’ own long-range shooting woes were compounded by the hot-shooting Pirates. Hampton made 9-of-14 shots from behind the three-point arc. Guard LaShondra Dixon made four of her six attempts and finished with a game-high 34 points.
Virginia started off hot, jumping out to a ten-point lead at 12-2, before Hampton strung together a series of jump shots to draw even at 12. The game became a back-and-forth battle after that, with neither team gaining more than a seven-point advantage for the remainder of the contest.
The Cavaliers opened up a seven-point lead with 1:40 left in the contest, but a drive to the basket and converted free throw from Dixon and a three-pointer from Lineni Noa drew the Pirates to within one point in the waning seconds of the game. UVa’s Anna Prillaman put the Cavaliers ahead by three with a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds showing on the clock, and the desperation three from the backcourt from Hampton fell short.
Virginia returns to action Thursday when it travels to Durham, N.C. to face ACC leader Duke. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils, 68-71, in the teams’ previous engagement.