Women's Basketball Beats Up Long Island, 73-40
Dec. 28, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team picked up a 73-40 win over Long Island in the opening round of Tulane’s DoubleTree Classic late Friday evening.
The win improved the Cavaliers’ record to 7-4 overall, while the Blackbirds fell to 4-5. LIU will face Buffalo in Saturday’s Third Place game at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m ET), while UVa takes on host and No. 23 Tulane in the Championship game at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET). The Green Wave disposed of the Bulls, 76-29 in first round action. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the UVa game live.
“Tomorrow will be a 40-minute game, no question,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “Tonight was a good shooting night. We’re getting better as a team. Our players are confident.”
In the first half, Virginia jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Following a 15-3 run to close out the first half, the Cavaliers held a 12-point edge at intermission, 37-25.
In the second half, the Cavaliers upped their lead to as many as 33 points for the finale, 73-40.
Sophomore Anna Prillaman (Midlothian, Va.) paced the Cavs with a career-high 22 points, including a career-high five three pointers.
“Anna was just ready to shoot the ball,” Ryan said. “It’s good to see her aggressive.”
“I came out shooting well,” Prillaman said. “My teammates gave me great passes.”
Tamika Dudley led LIU with 14 points, while Jessica Brookes had 13.
Overall, Virginia held the rebounding edge, 38-32.
“Tulane will be a true test,” Ryan added. “It will be a great challenge for us.”
“We’re excited about tomorrow night to play a Top 25 team and get into the Top 25 ourselves,” Prillaman said.
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALLTulane DoubleTree ClassicFogelman Arena, New Orleans, La. 1 2 - FinalLong Island (4-5) 25 15 - 40Virginia (7-4) 37 36 - 73
Buffalo (4-6) 13 16 – 29No. 23 Tulane (10-20 34 42 – 76
Other ACC scores from tonight:
Maryland 60, Maryland-Baltimore County 48
Clemson 60, Hartford 46