Cavaliers Defeat N. C. State 68-52
Jan. 2, 2002
Raleigh, NC – The Cavaliers (8-5, 1-1 ACC) rode a career-high 26-point performance by LaTonya Blue to a victory on the road tonight (2 Jan) against N. C. State by a score of 68-52. Fellow first-year Brandi Teamer chipped in 25 points as the two classmates combined for 51 of the Cavaliers’ 68 points. Virginia fourth-year Telisha Quarles also reached double digits as she scored 11 points and added five assists in the effort. The ‘Pack came into the game unranked but had been ranked as high as eighth nationally.
Virginia jumped out to an early lead behind 13 points from Blue and Teamer in the first 4:26 of the game. Blue’s second three-point bucket of the night with 13:20 to play gave the Cavaliers a seven-point lead, their largest of the half. A ‘Pack three-pointer with 6:47 to play tied the game, but an eight-point run by the Cavaliers, with all the points coming from Blue and Teamer, gave Virginia a 30-24 lead with 1:10 to play. The ‘Pack, however, scored the last five points of the half to pull within one at the end of the first half.
At the start of the second half, N. C. State took the lead briefly twice but a jumper by Blue with 17:24 to play gave the Cavaliers the lead for good. After Quarles hit a jumper on the next possession, and N. C. State answered right back to pull within one at 36-35, Virginia went on a 9-1 run, with Blue and Teamer again scoring all the points in the run to pull out to a nine-point lead. The Wolfpack scored four points to pull within five, but Quarles hit one from the free throw line and then connected on a layup to push the lead back to eight with just under ten minutes to play. Blue and Teamer then combined for 14 of the next 18 points for the Cavaliers, whose 18-8 run pushed the margin to 18 with 52 seconds to play.
Teamer pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to lead all players and was just one point shy of tying her career high.
Virginia won the battle of the glass 31-29, including 24 defensive boards. Virginia’s seven offensive rebounds contributed to the Hoos winning the points in the paint battle 24-22. The Cavaliers also forced the ‘Pack into 19 turnovers, converting them into 23 points.
The Cavaliers next play at home against Clemson on Monday, 7 January at 7:00.
Virginia FG%: 27-51 (52.9%), NCSU 20-52 (38.5%)
Leading scorers: UVA: Blue 26, Teamer 25, NCSU: Chones 13
Leading rebounder: UVA: Teamer 9, NCSU Rivers, Chones 5
Leading assists: UVA: Quarles 5, NCSU Rivers 5
Leading steals: UVA: Quarles 5, NCSU Scates, Bailey 2