Women's Basketball Falls to Tulane in Title Game, 74-63
Dec. 29, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team fell to No. 23/25 Tulane 74-63 in the championship game of Tulane’s DoubleTree Classic late Saturday evening at Fogelman Arena.
The Cavaliers’ record stands at 7-5 overall, while the Green Wave improved to 11-2.
“We had a good effort tonight,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “We battled back several times. We just weren’t able to close it.”
In the first half, Tulane jumped out to a quick 11-point lead. Following a 15-5 run, the Cavaliers came within two, 23-21 with 7:36 to go. The Green Wave once again built up its lead to 16 points, 38-22 with 3:52 remaining. UVa responded with another run of its own, climbing back within eight at the break, 42-34.
“Tulane was very physical inside,” Ryan assessed. “Our team just needs to get a little more seasoned.”
Quarles paced the Cavs with 17 points, while Teamer recorded her fourth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Anna Prillaman (Midlothian, Va.) and freshman LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) each added eight points. Blue also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Four Green Wave players netted double-figure scoring, paced by Delacey Joseph with 20 points. Teana McKiver and Gwen Slaughter each notched double-doubles. Tulane has never lost a game during the DoubleTree Classic since its inception in 1996-97, winning 13 straight games.
Overall, Tulane held the rebounding edge, 43-39.
“We fought hard,” Ryan said. “We have to learn to finish.”
Virginia resumes ACC play on Wednesday, Jan. 2 with a 7 p.m. game at No. 25 N.C. State. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the game live.
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALLTulane DoubleTree ClassicFogelman Arena, New Orleans, La.
Championship Game 1 2 – FinalVirginia (7-5) 34 29 – 63No. 23 Tulane (11-2) 42 32 – 74
Third Place GameBuffalo 62, Long Island 60