Women's Basketball Falls to Ohio State, 88-79 in Overtime
Dec. 18, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team dropped its second straight home game with a 88-79 overtime loss to Ohio State on Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers fell to 5-4 overall, while the Buckeyes improved to 4-6 overall.
“It’s real hard,” said UVa head coach Debbie Ryan. “We should have dominated overtime with (Courtney) Coleman out, but we made some bad decisions.”
In the first half, Virginia held the lead through the first 10 minutes of action as the Buckeyes tied the game four times. OSU held a two-point edge, 18-16, with 10:28 to go in the half for their only lead during regulation. UVa built its lead up to 10 points, 37-27 before OSU’s DiDi Reynolds nailed a 26-foot trey at the buzzer. Virginia led at the break, 37-30.
In the second half, the Cavaliers upped their lead to as many as 11 points, 43-32 with 17:44 to go. Trailing by 10, 59-49 with 8:34 on the clock, Ohio State whittled away at the score to come within one, 69-68 with 38 seconds remaining in regulation. Sophomore Anna Crosswhite (Castlecrag, Australia) connected on a free throw to put UVa ahead by one, 70-68. with 11 seconds to go. Freshman Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) added a free throw for the three-point advantage, 71-68 with 5.7 seconds remaining. However, OSU’s Reynolds once again nailed a 26-foot three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, the Buckeyes ran away with the game, taking over the lead and never relinquishing it.
“Once we got down, we had trouble getting back,” Ryan added.” We may have been fatigued. We did everything right tonight. It was very, very difficult to lose this game.”
Teamer paced the Cavaliers with 19 points. Freshman LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) had a career-high 17 points, while senior Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.) added 15 points. Sophomore Anna Prillaman (Midlothian, Va.) had 11 points.
“I thought Quarles made some tough shots,” Ohio State head coach Beth Burns said.
All five starters netted double-figure scoring for Ohio State, paced by Reynolds’ 26 points, which included four treys.
“She’s incredibly accurate,” Burns said of Reynolds’ shooting from long range. “She has that mentality that she doesn’t get nervous.”
Overall, Ohio State held the rebounding edge, 36-31.
In its final home non-conference game, Virginia hosts Florida International on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the game live.
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1 2 - OT - FinalOhio State (4-6) 30 41 - 17 - 88Virginia (5-4) 37 34 - 8 - 79
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