Women's Basketball Falls to No. 9/11 Duke in ACC Opener, 107-73
Dec. 6, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team opened the Atlantic Coast Conference season with a 107-73 home loss to No. 9/11 Duke on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers fell to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in the league, while the Blue Devils improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the Conference. The 107 points were the most points Virginia has given up at home in University Hall during regulation.
“We hadn’t practiced well the last two days,” said UVa head coach Debbie Ryan. “We didn’t take responsibility for some of the things we had to do. Give Duke credit. We’re not a well-oiled machine offensively. Tonight we were not up to the challenge.”
In the first half, Duke scored the first basket and never looked back. The Blue Devils went on a 19-0 run and pushed their lead to 29 points by intermission, 56-27.
Senior Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.) paced UVa with 21 points, including a perfect 4-4 from the line. Sophomore Anna Crosswhite (Castlecrag, Australia) and junior Liz Sahin (Hatay, Turkey) each added 10 points.
“I guess they were a little intimidated tonight,” Quarles said of her younger teammates. “I tried to tell them that each game is like this in the ACC.”
Six of the eight Blue Devils netted double-figure scoring, led by sophomore Alana Beard’s 23 points. Monique Currie added a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards.
“I thought we were very focused for 40 minutes,” said Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors. “We played some of our best basketball.”
Overall, Duke held the rebounding edge, 44-28.
Virginia takes a 12-day break for final exams before hosting Ohio State on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at University Hall. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the game live.
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1 2 - FinalNo. 9/11 Duke (6-2, 1-0) 56 51 - 107Virginia (5-3, 0-1) 27 46 - 73
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