Women's Basketball Claims a 61-57 Win Over N.C. State
Feb. 3, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s basketball team improved to 12-9 on the season with a 61-57 win over N.C. State on Sunday afternoon.
The Cavaliers also improved to 5-5 in ACC play, while the Wolfpack fell to 11-10 overall and 5-5 in the conference.
In the first half, Virginia jumped out to a 11-0 advantage. The Wolfpack bounced back to take over the lead, 14-13, with 13:14 to go in the half. The teams swapped baskets until UVa closed out the remaining two minutes of the stanza with a 6-0 run. The Cavaliers led by four at intermission, 34-30.
In the second half, Virginia went up by as many as eight points. N.C. State came within one, 48-47 with 8:47 remaining, but that’s as close as the Wolfpack would get.
“Virginia out-planned us for this game,” N.C. State head coach Kay Yow said. “They took away our leading scorer.”
“She’s very strong,” Yow said of Teamer. “I love the way she uses the glass. She shows a lot of promise.”
Three Wolfpack players netted double digits. Talisha Scates scored a career-high 17 points, while Nanna Rivers added a career-best 14 points. Leading scorer Kaayla Chones, who averages 13.1 ppg, was held to seven points.
Overall, Virginia out-rebounded N.C. State, 36-34. The Cavaliers shot 53 percent from the free throw line (8-15), while the Wolfpack went 69 percent (18-26).
“Free throws are extremely important,” Ryan said. “We’re much better than the statistics show. We need to prove it in a game.”
Virginia visits Clemson on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) will broadcast the game live.
“If we keep them focused and rested, they won’t get burned out,” Ryan added about her young players. “I have to be very careful with how I prepare the team. They have to save their energy for the game.”
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1 2 - FinalN.C. State (11-10, 5-5) 30 27 57Virginia (12-9, 5-5) 34 27 - 61